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Labor Reaches Out

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing Committee
05 Nov, 2021
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North Texans have an opportunity to support the Texas Climate Jobs Project on Monday night in Fort Worth. The organization springs from the Texas AFL-CIO. The Sierra Club and the United Auto Workers are also sponsoring the Town Hall meetingat 6:30 PM in the Machinists Lodge, 7711 Clifford Street. 

The Town Hall will discuss Rivian Auto’s huge tax abatements for building an electric automobile plant. It is a big opportunity to support labor's outreach to environmentalists during a time that world protests are being led by teenager Greta Thunberg.

“Strikegiving” Rages On

Labor solidarity continues to grow worldwide as workers try to stave off new takeaways demanded by corporations and regain previous setbacks. Kellogg and Deere workers both turned down corporate contract offers. North Texas solidarity activist Tevita Uhatafe continues to travel from one picket line to the next around the country. A new poll shows that Americans, especially younger Americans, support the strikes.

The public is also learning a lot about other ways that labor can fight for justice. The Dallas AFL-CIO and many labor and retiree organizations are already registering voters for next year. The Dallas Chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans will register voters at their demonstration at 10AM Wednesday, November 10, at 1100 Commerce downtown.


Newspaper workers organizing with the Communications Workers are implementing a “work to rule” fightback. In such an action, workers do exactly what they are required to do and none of the “little extra things” that make work flow smoothly. Many Americans launch their own personal boycotts, even though they may not realize how unions are restricted by increasingly hostile labor law. The AFL-CIO publishes actual boycotts.  Beaumont Steelworkers continue to show how to resist a lockout.

Corporations are fighting back hard. Toyota took out a full-page ad in the Dallas newspaper against pro-union aspects of the Build Back Better legislation being negotiated. They said they were deeply concerned for American workers.    


Nov 6, 2P: Steelworkers picnic at Lake Cliff Park

Nov 6, 3P: Black Lives Matter march from Dealey Plaza to Dallas City Hall

Nov 8, 6:30P: Town Hall Meeting about tax abatements at the IAMAW Hall at 7711 Clifford St, Fort Worth, TX 76108.  Texas Climate Jobs Project, which advocates for union jobs connected to renewable energy, will hold its first town hall meeting 

Nov 10, 10A: Demonstrate for Retiree Issues and Register Voters at downtown Dallas Federal Building, 1100 Commerce 

Nov 18, 7:30P: Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for all affiliated members

Dec 3: Next possible government shutdown