Workplace Rights

Gov. Greg Abbott should revise Texas's ill-considered, inconsistent, and largely unenforceable rules for reopening the economy.
Working people in Texas should be able to choose to stay home without penalty if their workplace does not meet widely accepted safety standards in the pandemic, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy commended U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and the other 12 Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation for proposing a temporary boost for unemployed Texans.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to start reopening Texas businesses lacks critical elements that would protect Texans who are required to return to their work premises, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

(This information was collected in collaboration with, and largely contributed, by Texas Appleseed) (April 22, 2020)

The Texas AFL-CIO today called for Texas to presume that front-line working people who contract COVID-19 should receive Workers' Compensation benefits.

When employers carry Workers' Compensation insurance in Texas, benefits are available if an employee injury or death occurs on the job, but not away from the job. Texas law already presumes that First Responders who contract a respiratory illness did so on the job. That legal presumption leads to benefits unless evidence arises that another off-the-job factor caused the illness.

As Greg Abbott prepares to announce a plan to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas AFL-CIO today called for consideration of essential ingredients to ensure the safety and well-being of working people and make it more likely that the state will not need to revert to stay-at-home orders.

The National AFL-CIO has put together a resource guide which covers how to protect yourself from COVID-19, how to manage your finances while unemployed, and how to search for a job.