AUSTIN, Texas — Today, freshman Congressman Greg Casar hosted a vigil and day-long thirst strike at the United States Capitol in efforts to push for federal guarantees of water breaks for workers. This comes weeks after Greg Abbott signed the “Death Star” preemption bill, eliminating water-breaks for construction works and weakening other worker protections instilled by local governments.
Earlier this week, Congressman Greg Casar and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia penned a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to take action on workplace heat protections through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:
“During the hottest summer in our planet’s history, Greg Abbott has banned mandatory water and rest breaks for construction workers in Texas. Waking up for work in the morning should not be a death sentence. Working in Texas’ construction industry should be a good-paying, safe, and secure way to make a living – instead, Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans have turned work sites into death row.
“Each and every Texas worker deserves a job with dignified wages and working conditions, and Texas Democrats applaud Congressman Greg Casar’s thirst strike today in efforts to push for federal guarantees of water breaks for workers. We are proud of Rep. Casar’s fearless advocacy for Texas’ workers and implore this disgraced governor to do what is right and support the repeal of H.B. 2127. We also extend our deepest condolences to loved ones of the working Texans who have lost their lives due to this inhumane and cruel ban.
“One thing is clear, Texas Democrats are the only party pushing for local, state and federal workplace heat protections. While Texas Republicans sit back and count their stacks of cash from big corporations and shady donors, we will continue our fight to elect Democrats up and down the ballot who will put the lives of Texas families ahead of wealthy special interests.”
July 25, 2023
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