Better Pay and Benefits

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, joined by a group of unemployed Texans on the eve of the cancellation of the $600 per week in unemployment coronavirus federal aid, pushed for the US Senate to pass the HEROES Act.

When crisis and calamity take jobs away, the market economy alone cannot provide working people the help they need to make ends meet. That is where the Texas Unemployment Insurance system comes in.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the Texas Workforce Commission's decision today to reinstate a waiver of the work search requirement for millions of Texans who have lost their jobs in the pandemic:

"We are relieved to see the Texas Workforce Commission respond to public and legislative outcry and walk back an ill-considered resumption of a hurdle to Unemployment Insurance benefits for working people whose jobs have been shut down by the coronavirus.

The National AFL-CIO has put together a resource guide which covers how to protect yourself from COVID-19, how to manage your finances while unemployed, and how to search for a job.