Local unions reach out to members, offer aid to communities after winter storm

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other union members help out with water distribution.

Many of our local unions reached out by phone and text messaging to members throughout the state for wellness checks after the devastating winter storm hit on February 13. Union volunteers also pitched in to distribute food and water, including an Austin effort coordinated by the Central Labor Council.

Hundreds of school districts across the state closed after the winter storm that hit on February 13, and many districts opted to stay shuttered for the entire week. Districts then had to assess possible damage, which kept many campuses closed. In response, the Texas Education Agency is accepting requests for Missed School Day Waivers.

Governor promises answers, fixes to devastating winter storm that closes schools statewide
Gov.  Greg Abbott on Wednesday pledged to provide answers to how the state’s power systems failed with the winter storm that hit on February 13, and he vowed to keep the Texas Legislature in session until it can provide fixes for the power grid to protect it against future storms. The governor also said he would prohibit utility companies from disconnecting customers if they can’t pay their bills, some of which are exorbitantly high for customers of providers without fixed pricing. Not mentioned by the governor in his speech, however, was that for nearly a decade many in state leadership positions ignored the warnings and recommendations that would have prevented the outages.

On Thursday, hearings began in the Texas House and Senate to hear from dozens of energy officials on the causes of the power failures.