Category Archives: AFL-CIO News

News and campaigns of note via AFL-CIO and Texas AFL-CIO.

Announce: Support Working People During COVID-19!

The following was sent to the membership via the announce mechanism on Mar 31st 2020 from the office of the president:

Brothers and Sisters,

Please tune in to this Important message from TX AFL-CIO <> and afterwards, please visit the TX AFL-CIO website <>

Thank you!

Rachel Magee,

AFL-CIO Labor Day Fish Fry

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The annual TX AFL-CIO Labor Day Fish Fry celebration will occur on:

Friday, September 2, 2016 starting at 5PM  at NALC 181 Union Hall (National Assoc. of Letter Carriers),  601 Williams Street, Austin, TX. 78752.

Freshly fried fish, side dishes and beverages (beer and soft drinks) are available to you upon the purchase of a $10 ticket. All proceeds go towards raising funds for the Central Labor Council who help push labor friendly legislation at the local level and support labor friendly legislation at the state level.

I have tickets available so that you may purchase your ticket now. Either contact me in person, or purchase your ticket from me at the August regular meeting.

This is a fun way to welcome in the Labor Day weekend. I hope you will attend.

In Solidarity,
President Magee.


Education! AFL-CIO Organizing Classes

From the Organizing Committee via Vice President Drga:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Local 205 has made arrangements to present a two day Organizing Training class.
This class is taught by the AFL-CIO and it is open for all members to attend.

More details to follow but here is what you need to know now:

The class will be held at the IBEW building on August 25th and 26th. You must attend both days.

Class hours are 9am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

There is no cost to attend.

To register to attend send an email to the education committee.

Fast Track Bill is back from the dead…

via AFL-CIO…

If you’ve watched any zombie movie or episode of “The Walking Dead,” you know that you can never let your guard down until you’re sure all the zombies around you are dead.

The Fast Track zombie bill is no different. Last week, the House stopped Fast Track but didn’t kill it. And yesterday, John Boehner and the Republican leaders in the House brought it back from the dead—and it’s worse than ever. Not only have they stripped out assistance for workers who’ve lost their jobs because of bad trade deals that were originally attached to the bill, but they’ve weakened human trafficking protections and added a provision that would prevent the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other future trade deals from addressing climate change.

We need to spread the word about this new, uglier Fast Track zombie bill to stop it. Share this graphic with your friends now!

14 Democratic senators—Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)—voted the wrong way on Fast Track last time. We need to make them realize that Republican leaders made empty promises to get their vote.

We’ve got an opportunity to turn them in the right direction, but we need to put pressure on them today because the vote could come up any time this week. We need to stop this terrible zombie bill or more jobs will be shipped overseas, more workers will see their wages lowered and corporations will be given even more power over our communities.

Check out our graphic, then share it with your friends to spread the word about this critical week to kill the Fast Track zombie bill.

In Solidarity,

Celeste Drake
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO

Make a call to stop Fast Track!

Congress just introduced a Fast Track bill that will allow massive trade deals to be negotiated behind closed doors. If Fast Track passes, it would virtually guarantee the passage of trade deals that will ship jobs overseas and sell out US workers for corporate profit.

Call your members of Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Track because it’s undemocratic and will drive down wages for workers like you.