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The polls are finally open. Early voting starts today and goes through Friday November 4th. Polls will be open from 7AM to 7PM. MAKE SURE TO HAVE A PLAN TO VOTE! Election day this year will be on Tuesday November 8th. Please make sure to have the Appropriate ID and to print out the list of approved candidates before you go since you are not allowed to have your phone out in the polling locations.
Here are some helpful links to help you find a polling location during early voting:
Here is also the list of your locals approved candidates. If you are unsure which districts you live in, you can click on this link to help figure that out before you go to the polls. Who Represents Me?
United States House of Representatives
U.S. House, District 10 – Linda Nuno
U.S. House, District 17 – Mary Jo Woods
U.S. House, District 21 – Claudia Zapata
U.S. House, District 27 – Maclovio Perez Jr
U.S. House, District 31 – No Endorsement
U.S. House, District 35 – Greg Casar
U.S. House, District 37– U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Governor – Beto O’Rourke
Lieutenant Governor – Mike Collier
Attorney General – Rochelle Garza
Comptroller of Public Accounts – Janet T. Dudding
Commissioner of General Land Office – Jay Kleberg
Commissioner of Agriculture – Susan Hays
Railroad Commissioner – Luke Warford
Texas Supreme Court, Place 3 – Erin A. Nowell
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5 – Amanda Reichek
Texas Supreme Court, Place 9 – Julia Maldonado
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 – Dana Huffman
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6 – Robert Johnson
State Board of Education
SBOE, District 5 – Rebecca Bell-Metereau
Texas Senate, District 14 – Sen. Sarah Eckhardt
Texas Senate, District 21 – Sen. Judith Zaffirini
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House, District 17 – Madeline Eden
Texas House, District 19 – Pam Baggett
Texas House, District 20 – Raul Camacho
Texas House, District 45 – Rep. Erin Zwiener
Texas House, District 46 – Rep. Sheryl Cole
Texas House, District 47 – Rep. Vikki Goodwin
Texas House, District 48 – Rep. Donna Howard
Texas House, District 49 – Rep. Gina Hinojosa
Texas House, District 50 – No Endorsement
Texas House, District 51 – Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores
Texas House, District 52 – Luis Echegaray
Texas House, District 73 – Justin Calhoun
Texas House, District 136 – Rep. John Busy
Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4 – Rosa Lopez Theofanis
455th District Court – Laurie Eiserloh
County Judge – Andy Brown
County Clerk – Dyana Limon-Mercado
City of Austin Mayor and Council
Mayor – Kirk Watson
District 1 – Natasha Harper-Madison
District 3 – Jose Velasquez
District 5 – Ken Craig
District 8 – Paige Ellis
District 9 – Linda Guerrero
Austin Community College Board of Trustees
Place 4 – Sean Hassan
Place 5 – Manny Gonzalez
Place 6 – Steve Jackobs
Austin ISD Board of Trustees
District 1 – Roxanne Evans, Candace Hunter (dual endorsement)
District 4 – Kathryn Whitley Chu
District 6 – Andrew Gonzales
District 7 – David Kauffman
At-Large District 9 – Arati Singh
City of Austin Bond Referendums
City of Austin Affordable Housing Bond – FOR
Austin Community College Bond – FOR
Austin ISD Bond Package – FOR
When disaster strikes, the Texas labor movement steps in to offer solidarity and support for union members who are victims.
This is such a time on at least two fronts. The Texas AFL-CIO Disaster Relief Fund will do our part to help.
Last month, Hurricane Fiona knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico and damaged homes and infrastructure. Many families remain without power weeks later.
At the start of October, Hurricane Ian killed at least 100 Floridians as of this writing. The storm destroyed homes, bridges, and other structures to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. Rebuilding may take years.
The Texas AFL-CIO Disaster Relief Fund will pass along 100 percent of your contribution toward assisting union storm victims. The Fund sends a message that union Brothers and Sisters in Texas stand in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters who need help.
If you are in a position to contribute, please go to this link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=HNN6VRBJJRF9A
No amount is too small.
Union families in Texas have benefited from labor solidarity when natural disasters strike our state. It’s our turn to help. Thank you.
Rick Levy & Leonard Aguilar
CWA Women’s Committee: Working Class Women Will Suffer the Most From the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Friday, June 24, 2022
The following statement is from the CWA Women’s Committee
The Supreme Court is dangerously out of step with the American people. From recent decisions eliminating public sector fair share fees, to allowing employers to force workers to sign arbitration agreements giving up their right to participate in class action lawsuits, to striking down laws that allow union organizers to meet with workers, the anti-worker majority on the Court has relentlessly pursued its ideologically driven agenda at the expense of working people.
Today’s radical decision overturning the long-established constitutional right to safe, legal abortion is a continuation of those efforts. Without the ability to make their own choices about reproductive healthcare, and in a country where pregnancy can have devastating economic effects due to pervasive discrimination and the lack of affordable healthcare or paid parental leave, working class women are the ones who will suffer the most.
This has been reposted from CWA National.
As discussed at the recent Membership Meeting, below are the results from the counting on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
We will be accepting nominations for Secretary-Treasurer at the April Membership Meeting. Please check you mailbox for the postcard that has been mailed to each member and plan to be present for the meeting. All nominations must be made in person, and the nominee must be there to accept, or have a letter of acceptance if unable to make the meeting. Please refer to the bylaws for clarification.
Please plan to attend our monthly membership meeting next week. Remember, our meetings are once a month on the 2nd Thursday at 7:30pm.
We also have an email system that will send out reminders. If you want to sign up, click here to go to the email notification sign up page.
Once you sign up, you should receive an email to confirm. PLEASE check your spam folders if you find that you are not receiving these emails!
BYLAWS CHANGES – At last night’s membership meeting, the proposed amendment to the CWA 6132 Bylaws passed by two-thirds of the members present and will take effect on March 12, 2022 (30 days following the meeting). The new language will enable the Executive Board to conduct business each month, eliminate gaps between meetings, and allow us to be more consistent with the requirements set forth by national leadership and our constitution. To ensure the proposed change was in compliance with the CWA Constitution, it was reviewed by the Bylaws Committee who then presented their findings to the membership before a vote was cast. Members were allowed time to speak “for” or “against” the proposed change, without interruption, in order for them to fully explain their reasoning as to why the membership should be in favor of, or against, the submitted amendment. After the votes were counted (twice), the motion to accept passed before the meeting was adjourned for the night. The updated Bylaws will now be sent to CWA National for final approval.
Election season is upon us again. This year, your legislative committee spent 3 full days screening and interviewing numerous candidates before they received our endorsement. The following candidates have pledged to passing the Pro Act, the Build Back Better Bill, and various other legislative goals that will protect our right to organize and improve working conditions. The candidates that have garnered our endorsement are as follows;
|Lieutenant Governor||Mike Collier|
|Comptroller of Public Accounts||Janet T. Dudding|
|Commissioner of General Land Office||Jinny Suh|
|Commissioner of Agriculture||Susan Hays|
|Railroad Commissioner||Luke Warford|
|Texas Supreme Court, Place 3||Erin A. Nowell|
|Texas Supreme Court, Place 5||Amanda Reichek|
|Texas Supreme Court, Place 9||Julia Maldonado|
|Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5||Dana Huffman|
|Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6||Robert Johnson|
|United States House of Representatives|
|U.S. House, District 21||Claudia Zapata|
|U.S. House, District 35||Greg Casar|
|U.S. House, District 37||U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett|
|State Board of Education|
|SBOE, District 5||Rebecca Bell-Metereau|
|Texas Senate, District 14||Sen. Sarah Eckhardt|
|Texas Senate, District 21||Sen. Judith Zaffirini|
|Texas Senate, District 25||Robert Walsh|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas House, District 17||Madeline Eden|
|Texas House, District 19||Pam Baggett|
|Texas House, District 20||Raul Camacho|
|Texas House, District 45||Rep. Erin Zwiener|
|Texas House, District 46||Rep. Sheryl Cole|
|Texas House, District 47||Rep. Vikki Goodwin|
|Texas House, District 48||Rep. Donna Howard|
|Texas House, District 49||Rep. Gina Hinojosa|
|Texas House, District 51||Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores|
|Texas House, District 52||Luis Echegaray|
|Texas House, District 73||Justin Calhoun|
|Texas House, District 136||Rep. John Bucy|
|3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4||Beth Payan|
|261st District Court (Civil)||Daniella Deseta Lyttle|
|331st District Court (Criminal)||Jessica Huynh|
|403rd District Court (Criminal)||Brandy Mueller|
|419th District Court (Civil)||Catherine Mauzy|
|455th District Court (Civil)||Laurie Eiserloh|
|County Court at Law #4 (Criminal)||Dimple Malhotra|
|County Court at Law #5 (Criminal)||Tanisha Jeffers|
|County Court at Law #6 (Criminal)||Denise Hernandez|
|County Clerk||Dyana Limon-Mercado|
|County Commissioner Precinct 2||Brigid Shea|
|Justice of the Peace Precinct 1||Yvonne Williams|
|Justice of the Peace Precinct 5||Nick Chu|
Election day is on Tuesday March 1st. Early voting will begin on Monday, February 14th, and go through Friday, February 25th. Please make a plan to vote and vote our candidates in!