今天，德克萨斯州劳联-产联指出了使用160多亿美元联邦美国救援计划基金以工人为中心的优先顺序, 认为很大一部分资金应该用于提升在大流行期间抗击COVID-19和保持繁荣中发挥了重要作用的劳动人民, along with families that have suffered from lack of work.
The recommendations were developed by the United Labor Legislative Committee (ULLCO), 州劳工联盟的游说机构，在EBET易博真人平台国会大厦为工薪家庭辩护.
“在一场震撼我们日常生活的致命疫情中，德克萨斯州的工薪家庭做出了巨大牺牲,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We deserve to share directly in ARPA because of the risks we have taken and the work we have done. So do families who suffered because they could not work, seeing their economic lives turn upside-down through no fault of their own.”
Levy said SB 8, the vehicle for distributing ARPA funds, 包括劳工的一些优先事项，但应更多地倾向于直接援助劳动人民.
“SB 8, as introduced, 为企业提供最大份额的援助，而不区分受疫情影响最大的小企业和在疫情期间获得巨额利润的大公司,” Levy said. “The ARPA funds going to Texas provide an opportunity to make up for missed priorities. 我们认为，ARPA资金的最佳用途应该是直接帮助工薪家庭——这种帮助将多次回流到经济中——而不是补贴那些一直在计算巨额利润的公司. 我们赞扬ULLCO成员和德克萨斯州劳联-产联立法主任René Lara的努力工作，他们提出了一个包容的替代方案，这一方案对EBET易博真人平台工人有利.”
The ULLCO recommendations are below.
Texas AFL-CIO Recommendations
for ARPA Fund Expenditures
EBET易博真人平台立法机构正在考虑如何分配2021年通过《EBET易博真人平台》(ARPA)提供的资金, Texas labor unions believe workers must take priority.
The federal aid will deliver more than $16 billion to our state. It is meant to provide economic relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this life-changing event, Texas essential workers remained steadfast in keeping our great state running.
我们敦促立法机关把这一援助的重点首先放在为基本工作人员提供紧急保险费上, not only out of gratitude, 而是为了奖励他们在工作中经历的危险，并鼓励他们在另一场危机到来时继续提供专业知识和服务.
Support our State Employees
国家雇员的健康面临着越来越大的风险，他们不知疲倦地为我们最弱势的公民提供服务. House Bill101 provides back pay of $2/hour, dating to the federal disaster declaration on March 13, 2020. 根据联邦指导方针，向办公室报告或直接与公众工作的州雇员有资格领取补发工资. 严格在家工作的员工在他们在家工作期间没有资格领取补发的工资，但可以在他们被要求在公共场所工作的任何时间段领取补发的工资.
Premium Pay for ‘Essential’ Workers
应该向那些维持了关键基础设施的连续性的EBET易博真人平台工人提供额外的工资. This includes: staff at nursing homes, hospitals and home care settings; workers at farms, food production facilities, grocery stores and restaurants; firefighters and EMS workers; plumbers and electricians; janitors and sanitation workers; truck drivers, transportation and warehouse workers, including trucking and railroad employees; employees at wireless and cable providers, including linemen, public health, and safety staff; child-care workers, educators and other school staff; correctional officers; providers of home and community-based health care or assistance with activities of daily living; and social service and human services staff. In addition, “基本工作”被定义为“涉及定期面对面互动或定期对他人也处理过的物品进行物理处理的工作。.”
● Funding should be made available to workers, not to employers;
● All workers should be eligible to receive assistance through this fund, even if they previously received assistance; and
● Funding should be prioritized for low-income eligible workers who do essential work.
Addressing Housing Instability
Texas has been at the epicenter of the housing instability crisis over the last year. 德克萨斯州最高法院制定了临时驱逐令，随后德克萨斯州创建了德克萨斯州租金救济项目，为面临COVID-19财务影响的租房者提供直接援助. Texas also set up the Eviction Diversion Program, 是什么帮助了一些租客，鼓励租客和房东达成协议，而不是最终被驱逐.
Texas unions, led by IATSE Local 896 and 51 and IUPAT DC 88, have been deeply involved in the fight to keep working people housed. In Harris County, 工会领导的Keep Harris houses联盟已经组织了20多个活动，帮助弱势租户获得法律援助，并帮助他们申请租房援助. As of the end of September, over 7,000 tenants have received help at these events. Additionally, union members and community allies have knocked over 40,自去年9月以来，为房客提供了有关法律保护和援助的信息.
《EBET易博真人平台》将给德克萨斯州提供一个机会，扩大已经发生的有效合作，在这场持续的危机中让EBET易博真人平台人留在家里. We recommend the following actions by the Texas legislature:
● Increase funding for direct tenant assistance through the Texas Rent Relief program, 改变资格标准，使租户能够自行申报获得援助的资格，并允许在房东拒绝参与项目的情况下直接向租户发放资金;
●对那些对接受租金援助的租户提出驱逐申请的房东进行民事处罚, and provide funding for district attorneys to enforce;
● Mandate that employers give workers paid time off to apply for housing assistance if they have received a notice to vacate or eviction filing; and
● Pass and enforce legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate against voucher holders, i.e., source of income protection. 对代金券持有者的歧视是该计划有效性的主要障碍，收入来源保护有助于解决这种歧视.
Direct Financial Assistance
Millions of Texans are still recovering from the impact of COVID-19 on their work, their family and their community. Aid to Texans who were adversely impacted by COVID-19 should be provided in the form of direct cash assistance; emergency assistance for burials, home repairs, and weatherization; assistance with bill payments such as utilities; and legal aid representation. We want to make sure Texans are able to thrive economically during this pandemic, 这意味着投资互联网接入和就业培训机会，以确保德克萨斯人能够在机会职业领域获得发展. There should be a focus on providing direct assistance to “people of color, immigrants, and low-wage workers” who have been affected the most severely.”
Health Care, Focusing on Children
ARPA funds should be used to support health care programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP for the benefit of adults and children across the state. To thrive at school, children must be mentally and physically healthy. 我们的州应该扩大儿童健康保险计划，以确保尽可能多的德克萨斯州儿童能够接种疫苗, nutrition guidance, and a school nurse on every campus. Enrollee subsidies for private health insurance are also authorized. During this time, 应该留出一笔钱，用来为德克萨斯没有医疗保险的工人提供足够的救济.
Provide parents with the support they need to return to work
During the pandemic, parents have had to juggle caring for small children while still trying to work from home. Child care is critical for our economy. While COVID aid has steered funds towards child-care programs, additional grants should be added for this purpose. 许多托儿所面临永久关闭的可能性，因为注册人数减少，同时维持一个安全工作场所的成本更高. To get Texas back to normal, parents need child-care providers. As Texas workers rejoin the workforce, they will need child-care providers to remain in business.
Paid Sick Leave
各种应对新冠肺炎的联邦援助基金提供了雇主可以自愿使用的带薪病假税收抵免. Unfortunately for working people and for the general health of the public, the paid leave provisions have expired. To the extent that the state can offer employers similar aid to fund sick days for their employees, it should do so.
Make the Unemployment Insurance System Simple and Accessible for Texans
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, 它对失业的影响是前所未有的，很快就超过了该州及时为申请者提供服务的能力. The pandemic also exposed structural weaknesses in the system. 数百万因裁员或休假而失去工作的工人在申请和获得福利方面遇到了极大的困难. 对失业保险软件和其他技术能力进行现代化改造的工作已经开始. 但最重要的资源仍然是那些必须被雇佣和保留的人员，这样他们才能理解和驾驭失业保险制度，为有工作的EBET易博真人平台人造福.
Support Small Businesses, Not Tax Breaks for Large Corporations
Small businesses are a driving economic force in our state. While many large businesses did very well economically during the pandemic, many small businesses struggled. ARPA基金应该提供给小企业，以减轻他们的困难，并保持我们的州运行. Labor supports rebuilding our small businesses.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 部署资金和资源扩大高速宽带接入已经成为国家的头等大事. 为这一目的分配ARPA资金是迫切需要的，以允许德克萨斯州履行其承诺，为所有人扩大宽带接入. 众议院第87届定期立法会议期间通过的第5号法案是为所有EBET易博真人平台人铺设高速宽带网络道路的一个重大飞跃.
宽带网络接入的扩大也为EBET易博真人平台提供了一个关键的机会，可以在农村和城市地区创造更多好的就业机会，以促进当地经济. In addition to providing access to unserved and underserved communities, 应制定合规和公共问责措施，以确保ARPA资金有效利用，以支持农村和城市地方经济的方式扩大宽带互联网接入, abides by good job standards, and deploys a well-trained and safe workforce.
Recent efforts by Plumbers Local 68 to address water quality issues in Nome, 德克萨斯州也让人们注意到对我们的供水和下水道基础设施投资的迫切需求, particularly in areas on the Gulf Coast damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
美国救援计划提供资金以“(协助)投资和改善现有基础设施的迫切需要”, sewer, and broadband.” According to initial guidance, the U.S. Treasury encourages “recipients to ensure that water, sewer, and broadband projects use strong labor standards, 包括项目劳动协议和社区福利协议，提供与现行工资或以上的工资，并包括当地雇用条款, 不仅要促进高质量基础设施项目的高效交付，而且要通过为工人提供强劲的就业机会来支持经济复苏.”
We encourage the Legislature to:
●修改HB5，包括要求宽带基础设施项目利用劳工部评估现行工资率, incorporate local hire and apprenticeship utilization standards, and include project labor agreements;
●授权所有ARPA资助的基础设施项目包括为所有工人提供OSHA 10培训的规定, and OSHA 30 trainings for all supervisors to increase safety on these projects; and