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Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

The AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Texas this week as a sign of confidence that the southern state has great potential for workers who are organizing on the job. A Houston Chronicle profile takes a look at efforts in Texas and goals for broader organizing efforts in the South.

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When We Win, We Win Together

Photo via Fe y Justicia Worker Center

This past Wednesday, after two years of neighborhood organizing, street actions, community forums, strategy meetings and justice buses led by the Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Houston workers won a historic Wage Theft Ordinance. The Houston City Council made history passing the first municipal ordinance cracking down on wage theft in Texas and only the second in a major metropolis in the U.S. South.

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Is Texas Going to Let Wendy Davis Vote for Herself for Governor?

Photo courtesy the Texas Tribune

The answer, it seems, is "not without an affidavit." Davis, a Democrat who is running for governor of the Lone Star State in 2014, attempted to vote early in this year's elections in Fort Worth when she was told by poll workers that she had to sign an affidavit in order to vote under Gov. Rick Perry's new voter disenfranchisement law. The candidate's identification showed both her maiden and married names, Wendy Russell Davis, while the voter registration rolls only included her married last name, reading "Wendy Davis." Because the names didn't match exactly, she was required to sign an affidavit to vote.

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Austin Passes Some Pretty Cool Laws for Construction Workers

Workers Defense Project

Several hundred construction workers in Austin, Texas—mostly immigrants—and their supporters from faith, union and community groups saw their months-long fight for respect and fair wages come to a successful conclusion when the Austin City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring employers on construction projects that receive city economic incentives pay prevailing wages, provide safety training and other worker protections.

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Company Turns to IBEW and Brings Jobs Back from China

Neutex Advanced Energy Group, a Houston-based maker of LED lights, light bulbs and fixtures, brought its core manufacturing operation from China back to the United States last year and turned to the Electrical Workers (IBEW) to staff its facility.

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Rick Perry Isn't Just the King of Job Piracy, He's the Partisan King of Job Piracy

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is quickly establishing himself as the most aggressive job piracy governor in the nation, and the evidence shows that he is also one of the most partisan. He has taken six consecutive trips to states with Democratic governors in an attempt to lure businesses from those states to his own. A new report from Good Jobs First raises some very troubling questions about the financing of those trips.

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Workers Defense Project Is Making a Huge Difference in the Lives of Texas Construction Workers

Photo by the Workers Defense Project

Immigrant construction workers in Austin, Texas, have a fierce advocate fighting for back pay, safety on the job and basic workplace rights. 

The Workers Defense Project, profiled by Steven Greenhouse in this weekend's New York Times Business section, is an example of a worker center that is highly successful in its campaigns. 

Read the rest of The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit

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States Move to Restrict Voting Rights Following Supreme Court Ruling

Bob McDonnell photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), several states immediately took steps to increase voter suppression efforts. The court ruled unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states and locales needed to get preclearance from the Department of Justice before making changes in voting process. In recent years, Republicans have ramped up efforts to limit the right to vote, particularly through the use of voter identification laws that require eligible voters to purchase state-issued IDs before they can cast their ballots.

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Texas Legislature Passes Major ‘Buy American’ Measure

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Thanks to what Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller calls a “historic, robust” bipartisan effort, the Texas Legislature approved on Monday a "Buy American" provision for water projects that establishes a preference for iron, steel and manufactured goods produced in the United States. Says Moeller:

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Voting Rights Legislation Advancing in the States

Photo by Michael Fleshman/Flickr Creative Commons

Despite a slate of state legislation attacking the rights of voters, a number of states are advancing legislation that would enhance the ability of U.S. citizens to exercise their right to choose their representatives. Among the most likely advances in voting rights in the states:

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