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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: June 23, 2023 10:59 AM
From: Representative Jose Giral
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Condemning the Elimination of Local Rules Mandating Water Breaks for Construction Workers
I will soon be introducing a resolution to condemn the enactment of legislation in Texas that robs construction workers of mandated water breaks.

Recently, Texas enacted legislation that eliminates local ordinances mandating water breaks for construction workers. The elimination of these important regulations undermines the safety and well-being of construction workers, particularly in a state like Texas, which has the highest number of heat-related deaths among workers. Further, this law disproportionately affects Latino construction workers, who make up a significant portion of the workforce in Texas.

Extreme heat waves are becoming increasingly dangerous due to climate change, and the elimination of mandated water breaks further exacerbates the risks faced by workers. Unions and other advocates for workers’ rights have voiced concerns regarding the potential increase in heat-related deaths if water breaks are no longer mandated. The elimination of local rules not only affects the safety and well-being of workers but also undermines the power of local governments to protect and serve their constituents.

My resolution will express our deep frustration and disappointment with elected leaders who support and enact legislation that eliminates these critical worker protections. It will also resolve to stand united in our commitment to advocate for the rights of workers and demand better treatment.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important resolution

Introduced as HR159