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Dallas Labor Chooses the Best

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing Committee
01 Mar, 2019
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The Dallas AFL-CIO has the most intense candidate screening process on behalf of working families in our area. Candidates answer detailed questionnaires, then face panels of union members with tough questions for them. Our impressions are translated into hard statistics that result in the recommendations that are finalized at the next Central Labor Council meeting. 

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The process starts at 9 AM tomorrow, March 2, at 1408 N Washington. Political Director asks union volunteers to come at 8 AM to prepare. That afternoon, when we finish, we will have the best possible recommendations for the May 4th elections.

Labor Fest Scheduled

A new group of activists met at UAW Local 848 in Grand Prairie on February 20. They decided that their first project would be to stand up for working people's right to choose their own representatives. In at least three recent case, two of them here in North Texas, union representatives have been fired by company management for doing their jobs. If the bosses can fire any union reps they don't like, then they have taken over the right to choose who represents working families. That cannot stand!

The activist group decided to focus on a labor extravaganza to be held at Local 848, 2218 E Main in Grand Prairie, at 3 PM on Saturday, March 23. They will make the message clear while enjoying the union culture that has been suppressed in America for so long. Live music and singalongs will be on the program.

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All unions and progressive groups are encouraged  to co-sponsor and/or have a table at the event. A Facebook event is posted. Contact Gene  Lantz at genelantz.dallasaflcio@gmail.com for more information.

Texas Senate Threatens

The Texas AFL-CIO alerts us that Senate Bill 15, currently making its way through the legislature, would curtail the right of all local governments  in the state to protect their working people. Local ordinances for rest breaks, for minimum wages, for paid sick leave, or any other benefit would be prohibited. The bill has already passed out of committee, where Republicans made it even worse!

We are asked to politely ask our senators to vote "NO" on SB 15. Call 1-833-417-4260 to reach the appropriate office.

Visit Representatives

The Alliance/AFT will be taking multiple buses to Austin on March 11 for purpose of lobbying for decent education in Texas. Send $25 to reserve a bus seat to Alliance/AFT, 334 Centre, Dallas TX 75208. Your check will be returned on the bus.

More Actions Coming Up

March 2, 9A-3P: Working Families Candidate screening at 1408 N Washington. Contact Lmontemayor.dallasaflcio@gmail.com 

Mar 2, 6P: Town Hall meeting on Medicare for All at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church 5835 Penrose Ave, Dallas, Texas 75206 

Mar 8: International Women’s Day

Mar 11, 6A: Buses leave 334 Centre Street for Texas AFT Lobby Day

Apr 5: Texas Labor Against Cancer “Shoot for a Cure” at Greystone Castle Sporting Club in Mingus, TX. Contact mark@shootforacure.us

May 4, 7:30: Registration for “USA’s l8th Annual Dallas/Ft Worth Sporting Clays Shoot” at Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas 75220. Contact Chris Piltz at 203-767-0745 or chris@unionsportsmen.org