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Texas AFL-CIO Labor Legislative Update - Special Session Edition

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy’s statement on today’s Texas Supreme Court decision declining to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s veto of Article X funding for the legislative branch of government:

The Texas AFL-CIO is celebrating the decision of workers at a Pilgrim’s Pride facility in Waco to speak up together through United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 540.

Workers at the plant voted overwhelmingly for representation by the union. The vote means the union and the company will negotiate a first contract covering pay, benefits and working conditions.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s ill-advised decision to cancel $300-a-week federal Unemployment Insurance benefits on Saturday will take desperately needed funds from hundreds of thousands of workers along with many Texas businesses that are still being slammed by the pandemic.
Turnout was excellent for this type of mid-summer election — actually about 3,000 votes more than the first round of voting in May. And labor pulled out all the stops — a return to our gold-standard, grass-roots, door-knocking campaigns that were temporarily interrupted by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Across Texas, the labor movement is celebrating Saturday’s election victory by Communications Workers of America (CWA) member Robin Donatta Mouton in a runoff for Mayor of Beaumont.
The Texas AFL-CIO applauded today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting Texas’s attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Working families are continuing to build muscle for upcoming general elections. Congratulations to each CLC on these strong results. Here is a rundown: