The following is a statement from Brianna Brown, Co-Executive Director of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), on the organization’s observance of Labor Day this year:
“Now celebrating our second Labor Day as a unionized workplace – the first of which with a ratified collective bargaining agreement – TOP is proud to stand on the shoulders of generations of Black and Latino labor and civil rights leaders as we continue to build toward being the most equitable and supportive workplace we can be.
“Living through this pandemic has shown us firsthand how the future prosperity of our nation hinges on workers’ rights. While corporate forces work around the clock to diminish our inherent worth and the collective power of our labor, TOP continues to be a vocal proponent with our labor allies for raising the minimum wage to a living wage, and ensuring Texans have access to the paid sick leave they deserve.
“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., words that ring as true as ever and are reflected in our organization’s values.
Eric Mata, TOP Board President, added:
“No matter our age, race, or background, all Texans deserve access to good-paying stable jobs with benefits that allow all to grow and thrive. Workers’ rights are human rights – and the recent unionization boom being seen across our country further affirms this.
“This Labor Day, I am particularly proud to see TOP as now officially part of the labor movement in an exciting new way, and through a resurgence of organizing, I am optimistic about what the future holds for workers nationwide.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris, Bexar, and Fort Bend counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.
This statement was sent out September 5, 2022.