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Dallas Labor Challenged

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing Committee
06 Oct, 2017
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"We advocate for the worker nobody wants to build a labor movement everyone wants"

~ Mark York, Dallas AFL-CIO

The Dallas AFL-CIO has cancelled its benefit golf tournament in the face of the Gulf Coast tragedy and political challenges at the national, state, and local level. Even before our October 19 Central Labor Council meeting, working families will be taking action on threats to our standard of living and our very existence.

Major Cuts for Us, Big Giveaways for the Rich

The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans is asking everyone to call senators at 1-866-828-4162 to try to stop the bill that has already passed the House and a Senate subcommittee. It cuts Medicare by nearly $500 billion and Medicaid by up to $1.5 trillion, along with raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67, according to Social Security Works. Similar amounts would be donated to the very wealthy through tax cuts.

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program program, according to the Texas Tribune.

Attacks against democracy and unionization continue. The Texas AFL-CIO reports that the Supreme Court will hear the "Janus" case to decide whether public-sector unions in 23 states may require employees to pay fees for collective bargaining.

They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back

Several national organizations have come together to "Protect the Mueller Investigation" because of the danger that President Trumk will fire the special investigator. The local protest will be at 10AM on October 10 at the office of Congressman Pete Sessions, 12377 Merit Drive in Dallas.

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They want Sessions and other congresspersons to co-sponsor legislation that would protect Robert Mueller. There will also be events in Denton, Houston, and El Paso. Contact Liz Wally at 214.821.2237 or elizawally@gmail.com.

President Trump is scheduled to come to Dallas to fill campaign pockets on October 25. A protestis being planned.

Let Them Know What You Think

Unsure who represents you? Click here or use the House website,

Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03): 202-225-4201

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05): 202-225-3484

 Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06): 202-225-2002

Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24): 202-225-6605

Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26): 202-225-7772 

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30): 202-225-8885

Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32): 202-225-2231 

Sen. John Cornyn: 202-224-2934

Sen. Ted Cruz: 202-224-5922

More Actions Coming Up

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Oct 6-8: Jane Botkin Little, author of “Frank Little and the IWW,” speaks Friday evening at 1306 West Hickory Street in Denton,  Contact 940.489.2176, lucyparsonsdenton@gmail.com. Saturday and Sunday, she will be at the Lone Star Book Festival, Main Street Gardens in downtown Dallas. On Sunday at 6PM, she will attend a reception at 1408 N Washington. Contact Gene Lantz at genelantz.dallasaflcio@gmail.com or 214-942-4236

Oct 7, 9A: KNON's "Workers Beat" program will discuss the threat to privatize Dallas County Schools. 89.3 FM or KNON.org

Oct 7, 9A-12P: Panel of mothers at the CWA Local 6215 - 1408 N. Washington Av. Cost of admission is $10, and coffee and breakfast tacos will be provided! Purchase your ticket here

Oct 8, 1P: Ohio Senator Nina Turner and Jim Hightower presented by Our Revolution at Texas Theater, 231 W Jefferson, Dallas 75208.

Oct 8-14: Senators are supposed to be on recess and thus available to their local constuents, according to The Hill

Oct 10, 10A: Rally to “Protect the Mueller Investigation” of President Trump. In front of Pete Sessions office, 12377 Merit Dr, Dallas, TX 75251 

Oct 16, 6p: Coalition of Labor Union Women meets at @ CWA Hall 1408 N Washington Dallas, Tx 75204. Contact  sherronmolina6150@yahoo.com, Phone (214) 907-1971

Oct 18, 7:30A: Bicyclers meet at Main Street Garden and ride to City Hall with 3 City Councilmen

Oct 19, 7:30P: Dallas Central Labor Council meeting for all affiliated members at 1408 N Washington 

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