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CWA Public Workers in Texas Defend Workers and Families Against Retaliation and Abuse

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March 17, 2022

The Texas State Employees Union (TSEU)/CWA Local 6186 Executive Board passed a resolution opposing Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s directive to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to “conduct a prompt and thorough investigation” of families who chose gender affirming care for their children.

The resolution states, “[t]he Texas State Employees Union is outraged. Our members who are charged with protecting children and families are being ordered to violate long-standing codes of ethics that includes provision of gender affirming care supported by the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others. Governor Abbott’s letter violates the civil rights and privacy of children and their families that already experience illegal discrimination. It exposes Texas Department of Family and Protective Services workers to moral injury and professional censure by demanding that they go against their moral beliefs and the standards of their professions.”

The resolution further states that the union will support and defend workers and families who make the hard choice to stand up to the directive against any retaliation and abuse. TSEU-CWA, other unions, and advocacy groups have been mobilizing and encouraging all Texans to stand up to the cruel and illegal orders.