UAW Local 848

Texas Legislature to Open

The Texas Legislature begins its biannual session January 8. "Let’s hope for the best and be ready for the worst," says the Texas AFL-CIO in an e-mail sent out to all state activists. Anti-worker politicians dominate the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of our state government.

During the session, UAW leaders will meet with other unionists at the Texas AFL-CIO hall every workday morning. They will study every piece of legislation that affects working Texans, and they will throw themselves into stopping the worst of it and encouraging the best, if there is any.

The rest of us aren't onlookers. Our role is to follow the legislation and do everything we can to help. That will mean writing letters, making phone calls, testifying when asked, and joining in special public events to let the world know what is going on.

The Texas AFL-CIO spearheads the effort for working people. They are asking everyone to sign up for their "e-activist" program so that we can coordinate our work together. Computer users can sign up at No concerned Texan should miss the daily news reports from Ed Sills. Write him at to get on the Texas AFL-CIO news list.

During the session, a number of unions and other progressives will designate special days to emphasize parts of state government. The Texas Federation of Teachers' lobby day in March will be of special interest, because the last legislature cut over $5 billion from their budgets and left Texas schoolchildren to suffer. Seniors who are worried about their pensions and other retirement benefits will gather in Austin for a special day on February 11.

The Texas legislative session is a time for solidarity for every working Texan.


e-activists wanted:
The Texas Legislature is coming to town. Could Texas become the next Michigan for working families?

Not if we can help it! Please update your information on the Texas AFL-CIO e-Activist list.
Go to
and take two minutes to join us!

Union members, retirees and our allies in Texas watched in horror as a lame-duck Michigan Legislature rammed through a “right to work for less” bill in record time. Then, feeling their oats, the anti-labor lawmakers in the Wolverine State re-passed voter-rejected legislation that allows an appointed czar to take over financially ailing cities from elected officials and, among other things, cancel union contracts.

Texas has its own fights ahead when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 8, 2013. Some elements of the business community want to convert pensions held by teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees into riskier 401(k) plans. Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst want to approve private school vouchers and drug-testing for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. But our elected leaders have not committed to restoring billions of dollars in public school, higher education and health care funding that vanished from the last state budget.

To fight the anti-labor agenda, we must be ready to act at a moment’s notice. That’s where the e-Activist system comes in. We will ask you – a volunteer on the list – to join us in responding to legislative emergencies as soon as they arise.

Updating is easy:
1)  Click on this:
2)  Please fill out all the fields. We won’t bombard your in-box or cell phone the way many commercial enterprises do. When you hear from us, we promise it will be about issues that affect the everyday lives of workers.

The Texas Legislature is coming.

by Gene Lantz

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