Texas AFL-CIO to Close Physical Office Temporarily, Continue Operations

The Texas AFL-CIO announced today its office would close to the public for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, but the state federation would continue operations with officers and staff working remotely.

"While our officers and staff are healthy, the Texas AFL-CIO is taking the precaution of closing our physical doors temporarily to protect our staff and the public," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

Levy said tenants would continue to have access to Texas AFL-CIO headquarters, but the front door of the building would remain locked. Use of the auditorium will be limited to essential meetings, including those related to the coronavirus.

"We are a people-to-people operation," Levy said, "and this is a difficult call. The state labor federation has maintained good hygiene in our building, but the best expert advice on the pandemic persuades us that these extraordinary measures are necessary to limit the spread and impact of this public health crisis."

"Our advocacy for working families must and will continue without interruption, including, most significantly, the fight to ensure the needs of all working people in Texas are met in these times. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and take further action as warranted."

When the building is closed, media inquiries may be directed to Rick Levy at [email protected], Montserrat Garibay at [email protected] or Ed Sills at [email protected]. Sills may also be reached at (512) 695-1148.

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