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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.

KXAN Report on Call Centers ‘Appalling’

Following a TV news report that Texas Workforce Commission contractors cannot answer anything but the most basic questions about benefits for unemployed Texans who have lost their job through no fault of their own, the Texas AFL-CIO today called on Gov. Greg Abbott and Commissioners to intervene and devote all possible agency resources to answering the phones and making online communications work.

In the most important election of our lives, working families will vote in record numbers no matter what Abbott says or does.

 The Texas AFL-CIO invites the public to join us for the state labor federation’s first-ever virtual concert, featuring the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Alejandro Escovedo and Brad Jordan (Scarface).

The Texas AFL-CIO “Banding Together” Concert premieres 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 23. It may be accessed for free via our social media pages:

Our movement’s accomplishments remain relevant, but this is not a normal Labor Day. We are not in a normal time in history. This may be the last moment voters can repair the damage before we are too far gone.

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:

The labor movement owes a debt of gratitude to Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Senator-elect Sarah Eckhardt for the ways in which they each elevated the voices of working families in the special election for Senate District 14.
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.
The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated M.J. Hegar on winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, calling on Texans to vote on Nov. 3 for a new national path on issues that matter to working families.

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.