Better Pay and Benefits

A dismal 87th regular session of the Texas Legislature exiled working families further into the wilderness, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy posted this statement on Senate Bill 14.

“Senate Bill 14 will make it harder for Texas cities and counties to pass local policies to protect workers and improve working conditions.”
Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to cut off federal Unemployment Insurance benefits before they are scheduled to expire harms workers and businesses in service to partisan ideology, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.
The Texas House today gave final approval to a labor-backed “Helmets to Hardhats” bill that can help steer military veterans to apprenticeship training programs.
The Texas House voted today to keep a practice that denies many Texas construction workers basic job benefits.
The Texas AFL-CIO and the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (ALF) hailed today’s 14th Court of Appeals ruling upholding the constitutionality of collective bargaining between the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association and the City of Houston.
The Texas AFL-CIO thanked the Texas House for advancing two bills that would upgrade the Unemployment Insurance system in Texas.
ExxonMobil is preparing to lock out workers at its Beaumont refinery this weekend, our Brothers and Sisters in United Steelworkers Local 13-243 report. 
 The union will continue the fight for a fair contract, whether in negotiations or outside negotiations.
 The Texas AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in USW Local 13-243 as they seek to continue bargaining and calls on ExxonMobil to bargain in good faith. That same solidarity, as always, would apply if the company makes th
The Texas labor movement today called on the Texas House to go further to address the needs of working families when it debates the state budget.
The Texas AFL-CIO joined state labor federations around the nation in endorsing the PRO Act, introduced in Congress today amid heightened interest by working people in speaking up together on the job.