Texas businesses pushback on governor’s ban on vaccine mandates

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates, which directly contradicts President Biden’s executive order. Continue reading

Green energy creates union jobs to address climate change

Climate change is drastically impacting our economy, but it is simultaneously ushering in unprecedented opportunities. While many good paying middle class jobs in oil, gas and coal are being phased out, new careers in wind, solar and other renewable energy sectors are emerging.

Workers can take advantage of the opportunities resulting from this transformation.

Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, Leonard Aguilar, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Texas Climate Jobs Project — an initiative to help workers better embrace the opportunities of renewable energy — as well as the political climate of Texas as politicians and health officials grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Building trades pre-apprenticeship programs boost Texas job creation

The south has been a difficult place for labor unions to thrive. While the political atmosphere remains fairly hostile towards unions, they are making ground in their organizing efforts.

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar has seen just about every level of the union world, from pre-apprenticeship to his new position within the state labor federation. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what they are doing to spur job creation and how their pre-apprenticeship programs are helping the state’s working people. Continue reading