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Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller criticized Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott for passing on an opportunity to endorse the Texas version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
See the statement at the link.
A new report from researchers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that not only is rising inequality a drag on economic growth, but that policies designed to lessen inequality through a moderate level of redistribution do not slow growth. While the report is clear in stating it isn't the official opinion or policy of the IMF, researchers Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides make a compelling case that austerity policies are bad for economic growth and that it isn't just morally sound to reduce income inequality, it's the economically wise choice, too. While countries have pursued policies focused heavily on deficit reduction and lower government spending, the new report suggests those legislative priorities may be the wrong approach to economic growth, joining a growing chorus of evidence from economic analysts that is pushing for a move away from austerity. Read more >>>
The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of long-term unemployed people (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose by 203,000, increasing the number of long-term jobless workers to 3.8 million. Read more >>>
Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.
But instead of racking up debt, the couple’s Union Plus Credit Card offers special assistance for eligible cardholders. Read more>>>
Here is a list of 2014 Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsements for statewide, congressional and legislative elections.
The list will be updated as Central Labor Council and Texas AFL-CIO COPE actions warrant.
The 2014 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Application has expired. Read more >>>
The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed Wendy Davis for Governor and Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor, along with a slate of other statewide candidates.
The endorsement vote came after a two-day convention that included candidate speeches and discussion of labor’s strategy for the 2014 election cycle. Both Davis and Van de Putte drew prolonged ovations from more than 350 delegates and guests meeting in downtown Austin.
“Political change is in the air in Texas,” Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller said. “With today’s endorsement of history-making candidates, the Texas AFL-CIO COPE will be fully geared up to work for a Texas that believes in fair opportunity for everyone, not just an elite few.”
The Texas AFL-CIO is a state labor federation consisting of approximately 240,000 affiliated union members. The Committee on Political Education (COPE) is the organization’s Political Action Committee, making endorsements and donating funds in state races.
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