AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today marked the Labor Day weekend by reminding Texas workers that the state’s “right-to-work” laws protect them from compulsory labor union membership. Last month, the Office of the Attorney General obtained court orders protecting employees in two Texas cities from being forced to join a labor union or pay union dues.

"State law guarantees important right-to-work protections for Texas workers," Attorney General Abbott said. "Texans have the legal right to work without being forced to join a labor union or pay union dues. The Office of the Attorney General will take all necessary measures to enforce the law and protect Texas workers."

In July, the Attorney General filed enforcement actions against the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America as well as employers in Corpus Christi and El Paso. According to court documents, the defendant entered into illegal collective bargaining agreements at two facilities operated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After the Office of the Attorney General obtained injunctions against the employers, both took steps to prohibit enforcement of the unlawful provisions. The state’s lawsuits against the union are pending.

The Texas Labor Code provides employees the freedom to join a labor union, but protects workers from being threatened, coerced, intimidated or forced to join a union or pay union dues. Under Texas law, “The right to work is the right to live.” The Attorney General continues to investigate whether similar violations are occurring in other parts of the state.

To better assist Texans who want to report a possible violation of the state’s right-to-work laws, the Office of the Attorney General has implemented an online complaint feature on the agency’s Web page at www.oag.state.tx.us. Texans can also lodge a complaint by calling (800) 252-8011.