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When Perla Balli she heard the news that the T-Mobile call center where she worked in Brownsville, Texas, was about to close because T-Mobile was shipping 3,300 jobs from that location and from six other U.S. call centers overseas, she said: House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Read more >>>
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity. Trumka said: Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. Read more >>>
Shedding Light on the Stars
On the set for Russell Crowe’s latest movie, “Noah,” Mario Pignard Jr. had the challenging task to create the impression of daylight in the middle of the night for an area larger than three football fields on Long Island. A highly specialized motion picture lighting technician, his skills were honed by other large projects, such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale, when he used nine to 12 generators to light lower Manhattan’s bridges and business district. Read the full article>>>
Plans by the business community to hold news conferences across the nation in support of immigration reform provided a welcome opportunity for the Texas AFL-CIO to point up its long-standing support for comprehensive immigration reform.
Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller is quoted in a statement on the subject at the link.
The boycott of Staples, the office supply store, continues apace as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to substitute low-wage employees for union workers who have been entrusted with handling official mail.
The AFL-CIO endorsed the boycott on May 30. The American Postal Workers Union reviews the details below.
The race to victory for COPE-endorsed candidates on Nov. 4 hinges on walking, not running.
The Texas AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils across Texas need you to volunteer at least two of your Saturday mornings this fall to help block-walk on behalf of labor's endorsed candidates.
Every voter you greet can put us one vote closer to building a better Texas. It will take a broad base of activists to win this election. You can be part of the change that's coming.
Texas AFL-CIO Legislative/Political Director Rene Lara has posted signup information below. Send us your contact information and we will be in touch.
Here is a list of 2014 Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsements for statewide, congressional and legislative elections.
The list will be updated as Central Labor Council and Texas AFL-CIO COPE actions warrant.
The 2014 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Winners and 2015 Scholarship information. Read more >>>
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