Legislative Goals

Legislative Goals

FPS-TSEU Caucus news and article archive

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TSEU Organizer contact:
in the Austin TSEU office (512)448-4225

We are TSEU members working at DSHS State Hospitals and DADS State Supported Living Centers. We’re building a strong union in our facilities to fight for: better pay and benefits to attract and retain quality staff; increased staffing levels; stopping privatization and closures; a fair grievance procedure with an appeal step outside the agency.

[SEPTEMBER 9, 2017] State Hospital/SSLC Caucus holds FALL Statewide Caucus meeting in Austin. On the agenda: legislative review, fighting ongoing privatization attempts, growing TSEU at state hospitals and SSLC’s.

For a full recap of this meeting, please contact SSLC/State Hospital-TSEU Organizer RON DAY, in the Austin TSEU office (512.448.4225)

In attendance: Jim Pearson and Diana Spain (Austin State Hospital), Arthur Valdez and Paul Eisenhauer ( San Antonio State Hospital), Carmen Duron (Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center) and Martyselda Sosa Broselow.

[JULY 2017] State Hospital/SSLC Legislative Overview (what happened in the 85th Texas Legislature)

State Hospitals

  • All 9 State Hospitals have long been in drastic need of replacement or serious renovation. As a result, the state budget spends $300 million from the Rainy Day Fund to repair state hospitals. Also, the budget prohibits the privatization of any State Hospitals. And because of pressure from TSEU, a study will be conducted on establishing a salary career ladder to improve employee retention. [VICTORY]

State Supported Living Centers

  • Senate Bill 602 by Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D- South Texas), would have established a special commission to determine which State Supported Living Centers to close. The bill was similar to the SSLC closure bill that was filed and defeated by TSEU in the 2015 legislative session.
  • Once again TSEU allied with SSLC parent groups to fight this bill. SB 602 passed the Senate by a vote of 24 to 7. After numerous legislative visits, phone calls, and public testimony, the SSLC closure bill was ultimately defeated in the House Human Services Committee near the end of the legislative session. [VICTORY]
  • The budget includes additional funding to repair the SSLC infrastructure while conducting a study on the creation of a salary career ladder to improve employee retention. [VICTORY]
  • TSEU scored another victory through SB 547 by Lois Kolkhorst and a budget rider that allows SSLCs to offer intellectual and developmental disability services to the broader community. This will improve the lives of folks with disabilities in the community and help prevent future closures. This has been a long-term goal for the TSEU State Supported Living Center Caucus. [VICTORY]


At-SSLC-stHosp-we-need[MARCH 8, 2017] Caucus members hold Mini-Lobby Day.

On Wednesday, March 8, TSEU activists representing a number of the state’s SSLC and State Hospital facilities met in Austin for ‘Mini’ Lobby Day. Our goal: to push for our caucus legislative agenda as well as our overall state employee agenda. After a brief strategy session at the Austin TSEU office, members went to the capitol to meet with legislators and staff. Details coming soon, for now, see our demands on the SSLC Legislative Goals page.

[FEBRUARY 15, 2017] ‘High Injury Risk’ pay on the table for some workers!

State Representative Toni Rose files House Bill 1932 to provide “high injury risk” pay for employees at State Support Living Centers and State Hospitals.  read more