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Texas AFL-CIO: Candidates Won or Out-Performed Via Fair Shot Agenda

In the wake of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, on January 25th the Harris County Labor Assembly unanimously passed a resolution calling upon local, state, and federal agencies to protect immigrant families.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, about union strategies following the midterm elections.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There was plenty of punditry plastered across cable news last week. But, as the dust settles, there is one story that has come to define this election: working people standing together to make a difference. The labor movement unleashed an unprecedented political program this year. Across the country, union members made the difference, fighting for our issues, for union candidates and for our proven allies.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the reelection of incumbent Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate contest in Texas:

 “Beto O’Rourke neared the mountaintop by standing up for all Texans who seek a Fair Shot at better lives. His magnificent campaign lit a spark that together with the deep organizing of labor and allied groups has launched a new political era in Texas. What Beto accomplished is only the beginning. We thank him and look forward to working alongside him for a better future for working families.”

Brothers and Sisters:

Short and sweet: Today we can build worker power at the voting booths. 

Working families have streamed to the polls – more than half our movement has already voted in many key Texas locations – and records for early voting have fallen. 

Organized labor’s record voter mobilization efforts this year, which started earlier than ever before for a mid-term election, emphasized pocketbook issues and – says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – will produce huge “momentum at the ballot box” on Nov. 6.

It also produced a record number of unionists running for everything from city council and county commissioner to Congress and governor, Trumka and Julie Greene, the federation’s mobilizing – and politics – director said in an Oct. 30 telephone press conference.

The president is the billionaire head of a global business empire, and his mostly millionaire Cabinet may be the richest in American history. His opponent in the 2016 election was a millionaire. Most Supreme Court Justices are millionaires. Most members of Congress are millionaires (and probably have been for several years).