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Texans Together Stands United with Workers

Texans Together joined 25 other community, religious and labor organizations to form "Labor and Communities United" at a press conference today on the steps of Houston's City Hall.  It was a beautiful day to get this important message out!

 

This new coalition consists of America Para Todos, Asamblea Popular de Houston, Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), Centro de Recursos Centroamericanos (CRECEN), Dominican Sisters of Houston, Fe y Justicia Worker Center, For Families and their Education (FIEL), Frente Interdependiente De Latinos Unidos (FILU), Greater Houston Project American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), Houston Peace and Justice Coalition (HPJC), Houston/ Gulf Coast Building Trades Council, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW 716), International Union of Operating Engineers ( I.U.O.E.) 450, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA),  Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), People before Profit, Proyecto Latino Americano, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Texas, Texans Together, Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Working America, and Youth Invincible.


The coalition is coming together out of a concern for working families who live and work in our communities, and the issues they face.  Some of the issues to be addressed include the lack of a living wage, fear of retaliation for organizing for union representatives, undocumented families' fear due to changes in the immigration system, and fear of reporting crimes to law enforcement.  While not professing to solve all these' issues, the coalition is hopeful that  we can help communities to do better by supporting legislation, ordinances and programs that encourage private development to raise wages to an actual living wage lifting families out of lower income, hiring people from the communities, and improving the community.  We're asking city leaders to support projects that provide Community Benefit Agreements to set standards and criteria for prevailing wages, training and hiring from the surrounding low-income communities, and responsible contracting. We will hold companies responsible for violating the National Labor Relations Act. We want all communities members to have access to Municipal Identification Cards.  These ID cards would serve as photo IDs so undocumented families would have the means to everyday functions like picking up children from school.


We have several events coming up and will work with the historic nationwide Fight for $15 movement.  There will be a Justice Bus Tour of a fast food restaurant, a janitorial service company, a home care facility, a manufacturing company and end at the corner of Wheeler and Cullen for a rally.  April 30th is Workers' Memorial Day for workers who have suffered and died at their work. We want to honor those who have suffered and promote freedom of workers to form unions, have safe jobs and earn a living wage.  Finally on May 2nd we will hold a Workers' Summit to address the issues of working families in our communities and those are only the events scheduled so far.

 


It was great to meet with representatives from the organizations and the press.  We're excited to move forward with the community and make meaningful changes in our neighborhoods!



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Texans Together Education Fund

P.O. Box 1296
Houston, Texas 77251-1296

713-782-8833

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