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Dallas Labor Will Push for Paid Sick Leave

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing
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A strong resolution on paid sick leave for all workers was adopted by the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council on March 15. Its purpose is to show that the Dallas Central Labor Council supports paid sick days for all workers.

The resolution explains that large numbers of Dallas workers lack paid sick leave.

The resolution was introduced to the labor federation by Travis Cantwell, an activist with the Young Active Labor Leaders (YALL). He credited Angi DeFillipo and DJ Garza.

[caption caption="Travis Cantwell introduced the resolution on paid sick leave"]

Election Push to Begin

Dallas labor’s political director, Lorraine Montemayor, reviewed election returns from the March 6 primary election, then laid out plans for our next effort. Screening and new endorsements will take place in a few races, then our all-out effort will begin on Saturday, March 31 with a kickoff event followed by canvassing and phone banking.

Two critical elections are pending. Early voting for the school board begins April 23. The election is May 5. The runoff in primary races occurs May 22. Early voting begins May 14. Contact Lorraine, 214-448-1557,, and get behind the effort for working families.

Canvasser Jobs Open

The Texas AFL-CIO is looking to hire part-time field organizers in Dallas or Fort Worth area. They are seeking energetic and passionate individuals interested in organizing working-class communities for better jobs, better pay, better schools, and for a fair shot for every working family.  Canvassers will have the opportunity to work with a dedicated team in one of the above mentioned areas, to engage potential voters around issues and civic engagement. They are looking to hire now ‪through November 6th.‬   Responsibilities• Work with a diverse team to achieve measurable goals• Play a crucial role in a door-to-door field campaign• Identify leaders at the door• Participate effectively in a team of organizers Requirements:• Have a strong commitment to changing the economy, so that every family has a fair shot to get ahead• Ability to walk long distances and reliable transportation• Available to work ‪from 2:30-7pm Tuesday‬ to Friday, and ‪9 AM to 3 PM‬ on Saturdays• Experience door-to-door canvassing preferred Part-time (20-28 hours a week) ‪until November 6th‬, $15 an hour In Tarrant County, contact Angi DeFelippo at 832-884-9981 or In Dallas, contact Summer Lollie at 214-826-4808 or 

Demand Safety for Construction Workers

The following message comes from Maria De Jesus 'DJ' Garza, Dallas Campaign Organizer, Workers Defense Project, Inc, 469.657.3926,


‘In Texas a construction worker dies every 3 days. Please take a moment to help us change this statistic by signing this petition in support of Dallas County requiring OSHA safety training!

‘P.S. We'd like to see you at the Commissioners Court on Tuesday 03/20 at 9am. Can you plan to make it? Here's the address: Allen Clemson Courtroom in the Dallas County Administration Building, 411 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75202.

‘Thank you!”


More Actions Coming Up

Mar 20, 9A: Stand up for safety for construction workers with the Workers Defense Project at Dallas Commissioners Court, , 411 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75202. Contact DJ Garza

Mar 24, 11A: March For Our Lives starts at Dallas City Hall-1500 Marilla St · Dallas, TX. This event is being organized by local students  North Texas Progressive 

Mar 30, 10A: Gather at Main Street Garden, Harwood between Commerce and Main for 13th annual Good Friday walk with Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance.

Mar 31, 11A-2P: UAW locals hold Easter Egg hunt at 98 W Hurst Blvd, Hurst 76053

Mar 31 & Apr 1, 9A-5P: Organizer training with the IWW in Denton. Facebook event listed

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