Joint Statement Following Governor Abbott’s Listening Session in San Antonio on Texas Construction Industry

TEXAS – On Tuesday January 26th, Governor Greg Abbott held a listening session in San Antonio on the Texas economy and how the state can better support businesses and workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response Workers Defense Action Fund, Texas AFL-CIO, and the Texas Building Trades Council issued this joint statement: 

“The impact of COVID-19 amongst construction workers has been devastating. Construction workers are five times more likely to be hospitalized by COVID-19 than workers in any other industry.  Construction workers want to work, but many do not have access to health insurance, workers’ compensation coverage, paid sick leave, or necessary PPE. This is a crisis that our state leadership needs to address. Even before the pandemic, Texas had the deadliest construction industry in the country. Yet, neither Governor Abbott, nor the business owners and lobbyists he invited, thought worker health and safety warranted a single mention today. That is a shame.”

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Workers Defense Action Fund is a statewide organization dedicated to empowering low-wage workers and immigrants across Texas to pass policies and support candidates that address injustices in their communities.  For updates, follow us on twitter @WDActionFund and Like us on Facebook. 

The Texas State Building & Construction Trades Council is made up of more than 50 local unions from 15 International Building Trades Unions. TBCTC lobbies and educates elected officials and the public on issues related to prevailing wages, apprenticeships, health insurance, pensions, workers’ compensation, and health and safety for all workers in Texas.

The Texas AFL-CIO is the state labor federation consisting of 240,000 affiliated union members who advocate for working families in Texas.

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