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  Union membership numbers were up modestly in Texas in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

  Nationallly, the number of union members was essentially unchanged, at 14.6 million. The Texas share of that total is 647,000.

  More information from the BLS report is below.

  Hank Brown, who served as President of the Texas AFL-CIO in the Kennedy-Johnson era and who set the highest standards of leadership for the state labor federation, has died at the age of 94.

  The Texas AFL-CIO mourns his passing and extends condolences to the Brown family. A news release is below.

 

  The Texas AFL-CIO presented a $10,000 check to the winner of a hole-in-one contest at our most recent golf tournament, the first time in tournament history that a player won one of the big prizes.

  More information at the link.

 

  Texas AFT President Linda Bridges, who for decades advocated with zeal and passion for the schoolchildren of Texas, has died at the age of 65.

  Bridges's outstanding leadership grew the teachers' union and solidified its position as a key advocate for better public schools.

  Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller, a friend of Bridges since they started out in the union movement in Corpus Christi more than 40 years ago, issued a statement honoring her legacy.

  (Note: News release has been edited to reflect Bridges's exact statement about the reason for advocating for better public schools.)

 

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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  At a special one-day convention in Houston, Texas AFL-CIO delegates approved the first per capita rate increase at the state labor federation in a decade.

  Details of the convention are below.

The 2015 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Application is now available.  The postmark deadline for applying is Monday, February 2, 2015.

Rules and printable application are in Additional Resources. Read more >>>

Support Mission

Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

The 2014 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Winners and 2015 Scholarship information. Read more >>>

Learn more about the attack on pensions and how you can pledge to stop it! Read more >>>

Texas AFL-CIO “Labor News” is published monthly
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