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Rare Wins for Workers' Rights at the Texas Lege
Cities win against local preemption bills
"...mandatory scheduling requirements, which guarantee 10-minute breaks for construction workers for every four hours on the job. The bill..."

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
"...illegal," said David Bonior, summarizing several personal testimonies of workers about the responses of their employers to demands for..."

Oct. 21, 2005 News Feature by Michael King

Local Workers Strike for $15
Fast food employees take part in an "unfair labor practice" strike
"...Today, Nov. 10, fast food workers across the country will go on strike as part..."

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.
"...Employers who hire migrant workers and refuse to pay them increasingly face criminal charges..."

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.
"...of ARAWC – the Associ­a­tion for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation. Mother Jones magazine reports that this is a..."

April 24, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Workers Defense and Jolt Founder Announces Candidacy for Senate
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez joins Dem primary field
"...It’s official this morning: Jolt Texas founder and Workers Defense Project co-founder Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez declared her candidacy..."

Aug. 12, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Texas Dems Storm the Capitol (Peacefully!) To Demand Voting Rights
O'Rourke, House quorum-breakers rally thousands
"...waved signs for hours in support of national voting rights and democracy reform bills...."

June 21, 2021 News Post by Clara Ence Morse

Workers Defense Project Director Opens District Attorney Campaign
José Garza to challenge Margaret Moore
"...As expected, José Garza, currently co-executive director of Workers Defense Project, this week formally announced his candidacy for..."

June 5, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Labor Changes Irk Transit Workers
New law and money woes prompt Cap Metro changes
"...but certain provisions of federal law mandate that transit workers must retain collective bargaining if transit agencies want to..."

July 1, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

A Secure Platform for the Rights of Airport Workers
With a new concessions contract looming, airport workers introduce a platform for employee rights
"...Three weeks ago, 70 concessions workers at Austin-Berg­strom International Airport held a press conference, organized..."

Nov. 18, 2016 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

WDP, Labor Department Form Partnership for Workers
New alliance aims to improve working conditions in Texas
"...On July 15, the Workers Defense Project and the U.S. Depart­ment of Labor announced..."

July 30, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

Austin City Council Wants to Help Workers Put Their Health First
Sick? Stay home.
"...The City Council wants a strategy to protect workers who feel they cannot stay home and to slow..."

May 22, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Qmmunity: The Fight for Queers’ Title VII Rights in SCOTUS’ hands
Plus GayCL returns and local stylists host benefit for Cheer Ups’ Maggie Lea
"...life-altering decision for us queermos: Does the 1964 Civil Rights Act extend employment protections to the LGBTQmmunity under "sex"?..."

Oct. 11, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

The Hightower Report: Scurrilous Corporate Thieves Are Stealing Workers' Comp
No honor among these thieves
"...pushing a vicious new campaign of physical violence against workers. The anti-labor bully, Wal-Mart, is among the leaders, but..."

April 17, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Travis County Needs Election Workers
Go to the Elections Open House if you're interested.
"...RELEASE: October 1, 2007 CONTACT: Mary Fero, 854-3293 Poll Workers Needed County Clerk to Host Elections Open House Austin-Travis..."

Oct. 1, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Out of Work and Stretched Thin, Hospitality Workers Share What Resources They Can
In a national day of action, Austin's Restaurant Organizing Project and other activist groups highlight the service industry's unique plight
"...to raise awareness of the struggle of unemployed hospitality workers – especially after the CARES Act $600 unemployment benefit..."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Feature by David Evan Rodriguez

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

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

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

Workers of the World, United in Time
UT Lecturer Anne Lewis on her new doc, A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)
"...that film, she found commonalities in the experiences of workers in Eastern Tennessee, interior Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, exploring..."

May 4, 2018 Screens Feature 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

Texas Voting Rights Groups, Voters Sue Gov. Abbott Over Order Closing Ballot Delivery Sites
One location per county is unconstitutional, suit argues
"...yesterday’s order, which also requires election officials allow poll workers to oversee ballot delivery, to ostensibly “ensure greater transparency..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Post by Beth Sullivan

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

Want to Strike? Ask a Sex Worker for Advice.
Artist and activist Lena Chen explains how the sex workers' rights movement is lifting up all workers
"...consciousness has emerged. Leading the way in the labor rights movement is a group of workers who have for..."

March 12, 2021 Features Feature by James Scott

Austin Rideshare Drivers Get Organized
Local chapter forms in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a renewal of workers' rights
"...Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a renewal of workers' rights, which passed the U.S. House of Repre­sent­a­tives in..."

Aug. 6, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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

June 27, 2008 Column by Edna Yang

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