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Rare Wins for Workers' Rights at the Texas Lege
Cities win against local preemption bills

May 31, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Human Rights Are Indivisible
International Human Rights Day activities in Austin strung together workers' rights, social services, and Texas' awful death penalty.
"...Austin's celebration last week of International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, was small but earnest. A determined..."

Dec. 19, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Human Rights? Not at Work
A conference in Austin ponders the odd notion that workers are human beings with rights
"...former Michigan congressman was in Austin as the Workers' Rights Are Human Rights Tour, gathering at University Presbyterian Church..."

Oct. 21, 2005 News Feature by Michael King

Local Workers Strike for $15
Fast food employees take part in an "unfair labor practice" strike
"...for higher wages as part of a larger civil rights movement; the Facebook event page for the Austin strike..."

Nov. 10, 2015 News Post by Amy Kamp

The Theft of Wages Is Sin: Fighting for Migrant Workers
Advocates for migrant workers and local law enforcement team up to get deadbeat employers to pay up.
"...If all goes well, Austin will eventually establish a workers-rights center and legal clinic focused on resolving wage claim..."

Dec. 27, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

The Hightower Report: Corporate Weasels Try to Escape Paying for Workers' Injuries
Who needs workers' comp? Not big business.

April 24, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Workers Defense Project Director Opens District Attorney Campaign
José Garza to challenge Margaret Moore
"...crisis rather than a criminal issue, and defend immigrants' rights...."

June 5, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Labor Changes Irk Transit Workers
New law and money woes prompt Cap Metro changes
"'s employ (which would mean giving up collective bargaining rights) or contract out all the labor to truly private..."

July 1, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

WDP, Labor Department Form Partnership for Workers
New alliance aims to improve working conditions in Texas
"...identify companies needing investigation and train workers about employment rights and their potential recourse with the DOL and OSHA...."

July 30, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

A Secure Platform for the Rights of Airport Workers
With a new concessions contract looming, airport workers introduce a platform for employee rights
" scale between $9.15 and $11.15, depending on the worker's job category. (See "Wages up in the Air," Nov..."

Nov. 18, 2016 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

The Hightower Report: Scurrilous Corporate Thieves Are Stealing Workers' Comp
No honor among these thieves

April 17, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Travis County Needs Election Workers
Go to the Elections Open House if you're interested.
"...with Texas Law and Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. Earlier this year, DeBeauvoir established an advisory committee..."

Oct. 1, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Workers Defense Project
"...The Workers Defense Project, an immigrant-rights group in Austin, is hoping to ignite a grassroots..."

Sept. 14, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

Midland Tangles With a Rare Bird Republicans Fowl Property Rights
"...over the past 25 years. Whereas in most property rights cases, landowners are fighting government for the right to..."

June 23, 1995 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Texas Secretary of State Gets Schooled on Voting Rights
Meanwhile, a hefty TV ad targets voter suppression bill
"...participated, with much apparent satisfaction, in a first-ever voting rights history tour in Alabama to "reflect upon the struggles,..."

May 17, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
"...of itself, is a violation of residents' Fourth Amendment rights to proper search and seizure...."

Feb. 10, 2017 News Feature by Victoria Rossi

Local Civil Rights Hero Overton Dies
Activist helped desegregate Austin's schools
"...for the most part, reluctant stakeholders in the civil rights struggle, but the experience proved invaluable in the long..."

Nov. 11, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

Workers of the World, United in Time
UT Lecturer Anne Lewis on her new doc, A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)
"...that the whole thing got started with the civil rights struggle, and those folks were hard to find." That..."

May 4, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

TCRP Hands TYC Mom Civil Rights Nod
Texas Civil Rights Project awards abuse-case whistle-blower.
"...the recipient of this year’s Henry B. Gonzalez Human Rights Award. Given by the Texas Civil Rights Project, it..."

Oct. 22, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The American Dream Deferred: SCOTUS Stalemates on Immigrant Rights
United States v. Texas
"...After yielding to pressure from immigrant rights activists in 2014, President Barack Obama issued an executive..."

July 1, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Workers Tell Council: 'It's Our Turn'
AFSCME reps want raise, official recognition, and broader definition of 'public safety'
"...told the council that the union's proposal for consultation rights doesn't violate Texas' anti-labor laws prohibiting collective bargaining for..."

Sept. 2, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Common Law
Immigrant Worker's Rights
" questions received by her office regarding immigrant workers' rights. – Luke Ellis..."

June 27, 2008 Column by Edna Yang

NLRB Settlement ... Cap Metro Politics
Union President Wyatt says it's a vindication of workers' rights
" further illegal actions and informing workers of their rights to organize. In a press release, Wyatt thanked the..."

Nov. 21, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Fighting for Justicia
Workers Defense Project celebrates 10 years on the front lines of Texas labor
"...intimidated her, and she wanted to learn about her rights. After about a year, she joined the board of..."

Sept. 21, 2012 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Time for a Change
A look back at Cristina Tzintzún's time fighting for immigrant rights
"...began as a volunteer project educating workers about their rights and helping them navigate recovering unpaid wages. Tzintzún says..."

Dec. 4, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

A stirring portrait of a social-justice pioneer
"...figure in the annals of Mexican-American history, the workers’ rights struggles, and feminist legacies. Huerta, a Presidential Medal of..."

Oct. 6, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'Ich Bin ein Cheesehead'
Austin unionists prove they are Madison as hell
" Austin, may show that they have attacked workers' rights one time too many...."

Feb. 27, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Making Connections
Organized labor reaches out to all workers
" light of the concerted current attacks on workers' rights in general, and unions in particular, taking place in..."

March 2, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Texas Judge Blocks New Federal Overtime Rules
Rule won't go into effect Dec. 1 thanks to Paxton, 20-state coalition
"...In a blow to workers' rights today, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of Sherman, Texas,..."

Nov. 22, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Point Austin: Uncivil Service
City Manager still overreacting to civil service proposal

Aug. 31, 2012 News Column

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