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Gene Lantz, President
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International Workers Day is coming fast, and Dallas has more celebrations than ever. The main celebration will be at 2PM on May 4th at the Postal Employees’ Hall, 2010 Postal Way. Activities will be both indoor and outdoor, so weather is no problem. Special activities for children and a union talent show are on the agenda. Individuals are pitching in $25 or more for gift card prizes. Sponsorships of $150 get both a table and acknowledgement in the video. Sponsors will also be advertised on our web page and social media. Contact or just make payments on-line by clicking here.

At least two picnics are planned. One begins at 11AM on Sunday, April 28 in Lake Cliff Park. The other is at noon on May 1st (Wednesday) at Kidd Springs Park. There is a good chance that American labor will have an especially good reason to celebrate, because the Autoworkers union and others are set to break through the centuries-old barriers to organizing in the South. The National Labor Relations Board has announced that organizing drives are up 35% over last year, and last year set records!

Dallas Council Meets

The Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council held another exciting meeting on April 18. David Marshall was sworn in as a new Executive Board member and Alex Doblado was sworn in as a new delegate. Both are from mighty CWA Local 6215. Robin Johnson is urging participation in the state Women’s Committee Summit April 26-27. The School Employees are fighting for Ed Turner to win in the May 4th election. Major organizational changes are being discussed at all levels. Workers Defense has an immigrants' rights rally at 8 AM on May 1 at City Hall. Two political experts will soon be hired (see our web page for job postings), a new union organizer is headed for The Valley, and the Communications Workers are fighting to get decent broadband for all.

Young Active Labor Leaders

One of the best reports is always the one that comes from Young Active Labor Leaders. They updated union leaders about Starbucks organizing and the Teamster’s strike and boycott against Molson Coors. Labor’s youth group has been distributing “Boycott Coors and Millers” fliers all over North Texas. They do not know who has been putting the fliers in the beer sections of supermarkets. 


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Apr 20, 9:30A-4:30P: Teach in for Neighborhood Environmental Justice at Friendship West Baptist Church, 2020 W Wheatland Rd

Apr 20, 9A-2P: Annual Stakeholders Meeting for Dallas Peace & Justice Center at White Rock United Methodist Church, 1450 Old Gate Ln in Dallas

Apr 21: Start watching for election results at the UAW’s historic organizing drive in Chatanooga

Apr 21, 2-4PM: Environmental Justice Rally at Fish Trap Lake Park, 2400 Singleton Blvd

Apr 22: Non-Violent civil disobedience training for environmental justice

Apr 23, noon: Dallas Housing Coalition’s “Party at the Polls” at Martin Luther King Jr Center

Apr 23: Last day to register for Apr 26-27 Women’s Summit

Apr 23: Last Day to receive Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

Apr 23: Last day for county election officers to receive Ballot by Mail Applications for May 4 elections

Apr 26-27: Texas AFL-CIO Women’s Summit at TCEA Conference Center, 3100 Alvin Devane Blvd., Austin, TX 78741. Register here

Apr 28, 11A: International Workers Day celebrated at Lake Cliff Park, 1000 N Zang

May 1, 8A: Rally for immigrants’ rights outside Dallas City Hall. Contact

May 1, NOON: Dallas Chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans meets at Kidd Springs Park. Contact

May 4: Election Day

May 4, 2P: International Workers Day celebration at APWU Hall, 2010 Postal Way in Dallas

May 4, 7PM: Deadline for mail Ballot can be delivered in person by 7 PM