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Dallas Central Labor Council

Dallas CLC, AFL CIO

1408 N. Washington, Suite 240
Dallas, TX 75204

 

Membership

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Dallas AFL-CIO represents over 23,500 members from 43 different unions.

 

Structure

icon_structureLabor Councils screen and make endorsements of candidates running for Mayor, City Council, School Board, Judgeships, and other county and city offices. In conjunction with the State AFL-CIO, they organize and staff phone banks during elections to help educate the members on the issues, the positions of the candidates. Volunteers from the local unions in their area perform most of their work.

CLC’s assist local unions in their jurisdiction with organizing, community services, civil rights issues, and work with charitable organizations. They lobby local politicians on issues of concern to workers in their jurisdiction.

Each Council-affiliated organization elects delegates to the Dallas CLC as representatives of their union, giving their union’s members a voice within the Council. Twenty-one seated executive members’ representatives from local unions take part in these councils. Every two years, the Council holds elections for officers, trustees, trade section representatives and constituency group representatives. These individuals make up the Executive Board, which meets monthly to consider requests from affiliates and other Council business.

The unions that make up the individual sections appoint trade section representatives. The entire Council body nominates candidates and votes to fill the other positions. The Dallas chapter of the AFL-CIO only has one full-time member who is the Secretary-Treasurer.

 

 

Key Officers

Jim McCasland, Secretary-Treasurer, 1408 N. Washington, #240

Dallas, 75204, 214/826-4808 (o)

Fax# 214/826-0570, txunions@swbell.net

 

Romero Munoz, President, 2218 East Main Street,

Grand Prairie, Texas 75050, 972/264-2431 (o)

Fax #: 972/264-7323, rmunoz@uaw848.org or munozro@gmail.com

 

(See appendixes for Affiliated Unions)

 

 

Sustainability Profile

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A thorough search reveals that the Dallas AFL-CIO’s involvement in the environmental movement has been minimal. This is not for lack of green opportunities in the city. The Dallas AFL-CIO has expressed little interest in the wind industry despite the fact that more wind energy is moving to the Dallas Fort-Worth area this year (2013), and the Wind Energy Association meets in Dallas annually.

The absence of the council’s activity in the wind industry is strange in light of President Ron Smitherman’s former experiences in the Ironworkers union. Prior to his work as President of the Dallas CLC, Smitherman was made aware of the importance of green jobs training while his was business manager for Local 263. In 2009, he joined a team of Ironworkers and other local unions to visit the Wind Turbine Technician Training program at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) in Oklahoma City. The result of the trip offered a bright promise for the green economy: “the Ironworkers team made a recommendation to the IMPACT trustees that a partnership be developed with FTTC in order to rapidly meet the demands of this growing sector of the ironworking industry.”

Dallas AFL-CIO’s participation in environmental activism has been indirect at best. For example, the Dallas AFL-CIO cosponsored a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with other major environmental groups. The TPP could open the door to poor environmental practices such as fracking as well as lower labor standards. It is unclear whether Dallas AFL-CIO’s sponsorship was related to the environmental risks of the TPP.

Similarly, Dallas AFL-CIO signed on to a letter drafted by Public Citizen that connects climate change to trade reform. References to environmental dangers riddled the letter. For example, Public Citizen argued, “the current procurement rules continue the NAFTA/CAFTA ban on anti-off-shoring and Buy America policies, and expose U.S. renewable-energy, recycled content and other environmental safety requirements to challenge. These terms must be changed to provide the policy space for the many exciting ‘Green Economy’ proposals promoted by President-elect Obama during his campaign.” The letter concludes that “changing our current trade agreements and policies is critical to regain the policy space to accomplish key domestic non-trade priorities regarding health care, economic stability, climate change, and more.”

Additional Comments and Analysis

icon_commentThe need for increased water conservation could be a great impetus for green job creation in Dallas. According to DallasNews, “Texas’ severe drought has grabbed the attention of legislators, business groups and others — and Capitol leaders are making water a priority this session.” Dallas is usually one of the first cities to be hit by drought restrictions.

To solve this problem, The Texas Water Development Board issued a plan that would call for $53 billion in necessary construction projects. This plan was developed in concert with Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland’s proposed bill, which would “create a loan fund to pay for major projects and would allocate $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund for that account. At least 20 percent would go toward water conservation, reuse or education efforts.”

 

Appendixes

Appendix 1: Affiliated Unions

Name No. Street City,
State
ZIP Phone
AFGE Local #2139 P.O. Box 271 Beaumont, TX 77704 409-719-8223
AFSCME Local #3806 1401 Palestine Ave. Palestine, TX 75801 903-723-3020
Alliance/AFT # 2260 334 Centre Street Dallas, TX 75208 214-942-4663
Amalgamated Transit Local #1338 4206 Swiss Ave. Dallas, TX 75204 214-828-1641
APWU #732 2010 Postal Way Dallas, TX 75212 214-631-3162
Asbestos Workers #21 11580 Reeder Road Dallas, TX 75229 972-243-5661
ATU Local 1700 80 West End Ave., Suite 512 New York, NY 10023 212-721-2077
California Nurses Assoc. 1709 Rosewood Houston, TX 77004
CWA Local #6150 1408 N. Washington, #230 Dallas, TX 75204 214-827-6150
CWA Local #6151 PO Box 710606 Dallas, TX 75371 214-616-3495
CWA Local #6215 1408 North Washington Dallas, TX 75204 214-826-6215
CWA Local #6290 4500 W. Illinois St., #301B Midland, TX 79703 432-699-0303
Dallas Bldg. & Const. Trades Council 1408 N. Washington, #240 Dallas, TX 75204 214-341-8606
Dallas Stage Employees Local #127 4116 Live Oak Dallas, TX 75204 214-742-4741
Decorators Local #756 P.O. Box 2688 Georgetown, TX 78627 888-819-4680
Elevator Local #21 1924 Baird Farm Rd., Suite 101 Arlington, TX 76006 817-635-0680
Fire Fighters-Carrollton Local #2182 1001 E. Crosby Rd., Suite #200 Carrollton, TX 75006 972-978-4309
Fire Fighters-Dallas #58 P.O. Box 225437 Dallas, TX 75222 214-941-1354
Fire Fighters-Garland Local #1293 P.O. Box 462341 Garland, TX 75046 972-824-2585
Fire Fighters-Mesquite Local #1518 P.O. Box 851291 Mesquite TX 75185 972-743-9884
Glaziers Local 1778 P.O. Box 2688 Georgetown, TX 78627 888-819-4680
IBEW Local #20 1205 Corporate Dr. E. Arlington, TX 76006 817-695-1111
IBEW Local #69 1408 N. Washington, #210 Dallas, TX 75204 214-821-4700
Iron Workers Local #263 604 N Great Southwest Pkwy Arlington, TX 76011 817-640-0202
IUE/CWA Local #787 1121 Hampshire Ln., Ste. 210 Richardson, TX 75080 972-690-4787
IUE/CWA Local #788 P.O. Box 35353 Dallas, TX 75235 214-902-6602
Laborers Local #154 1110 W. Pioneer Pkwy. #300 Arlington, TX 76013 817-792-3670
NALC Local #132 8451 Endicott Lane Dallas, TX 75227 214-388-4349
NTAPE/USWA #9479 1408 N. Washington, Suite 202 Dallas, TX 75204 214-760-7422
NTAPE/USWA #9487 1915 Castille Dr. Carrollton, TX 75007 972-974-8122
OPEIU Local #277 641 N. Cherry Lane Ft. Worth, TX 76108 817-246-4981
OPEIU Local #4 3523 Shepherd Lane Balch Springs, TX 75180 972-557-7000
Paint Makers Local #848 P.O. Box 2688 Georgetown, TX 78627 888-819-4680
Painters Local #53 P.O. Box 2688 Georgetown, TX 78627 888-819-4680
PCW/IUPAT Local 2348 P.O. Box 2688 Georgetown, TX 78627 888-819-4680
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #100 3629 West Miller Road Garland, TX 75041 214-341-8606
Sheet Metal Local #68 1020 S. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76040 817-267-9213
Theatrical Local #803 P.O. Box 570574 Dallas, TX 75357 972-266-2061
TWU Local #513 P.O. Box 92939 Southlake, TX 76092 817-481-5533
TWU Local #555 2608 Inwood Rd., Suite 150 Dallas, TX 75235 214-358-5404
TWU Local #556 7929 Brookriver Dr., Suite 750 Dallas, TX 75247 214-640-4300
UAW International 1341 W. Mockingbird Ln., #301W Dallas, TX 75247 214-267-6550
UAW Local #119 1341 W. Mockingbird Ln., #216E Dallas, TX 75247 214-630-7917
UAW Local #2320 P.O. Box 225711 Dallas, TX 75222 214-943-2320
UAW Local #2360 2205 Beltline Rd. Carrollton, TX 75006 972-418-4696
UAW Local #848 2218 East Main St. Gr. Prairie, TX 75050 972-264-2431
UAW Local #870 1341 W. Mockingbird Ln., #216E Dallas, TX 75247 214-630-7917
UFCW Local #1000 967 W. Wall St., Suite 100 Grapevine, TX 76051 817-421-1003
UFCW Local #540 11041 Garland Rd. Dallas, TX 75218 214-328-3515
UTU Local #965 312 V.Z.C.R. 3727 Wills Point, TX 75169 214-669-6966

 

 

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