Workplace Rights

‘A Power Grab in the Shadow of a Pandemic’

The Texas AFL-CIO today condemned an attempt by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), under the cover of a pandemic, to raid membership of unions at American Airlines.

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated the newsroom staff of the Dallas Morning News on their decision to speak up together through a union to advocate for better working conditions and job security.

The 84-28 vote to gain recognition for the Dallas News Guild certifies the first newspaper newsroom union in Texas since the closure of the San Antonio Light in 1993.

The Texas AFL-CIO today celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the U.S., and took stock of the path ahead to secure equal voting rights for all Americans.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay saluted the women who agitated for decades to secure the fundamental right to help decide who governs:

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.

Today’s Supreme Court decision elevates the hopes of Dreamers who are making a difference and helping build a better future for Texas. The ruling also shines a bright light on just how wrong a path Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have set out for Texas.
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, UAW Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and others penned a strong letter to the Travis County Commissioners Court this morning to slow down and review the ramifications of public subsidies for a new Tesla plant.
Gov. Greg Abbott should revise Texas's ill-considered, inconsistent, and largely unenforceable rules for reopening the economy.
Working people in Texas should be able to choose to stay home without penalty if their workplace does not meet widely accepted safety standards in the pandemic, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy commended U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and the other 12 Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation for proposing a temporary boost for unemployed Texans.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to start reopening Texas businesses lacks critical elements that would protect Texans who are required to return to their work premises, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.