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Texas Prison Labor Union
The TPLU seeks to organize Texas prisoners and their supporters into a single body to promote social justice, human rights, and workers' rights. Among their basic goals are:
Repeal all State and Federal legislation which acts as a barrier to prisoners' right to vote in State and Federal elections.
Enforcement of State Workers' Compensation Laws relative to prisoners.
Formation of a three (3) person committee on each of the [Texas prison] units... that house prisoners in involuntary servitude... so as to produce a system of arbitration wherein prisoners may assert their collective wills in day-to-day living and working conditions.
Equal application of a minimum wage pay scale for all prisoners who perform any labor within the [Texas prison system].
The editors of PLN have been in contact with TPLU for two years. They are a dedicated, committed, well organized (and brave) bunch. They seek to not only organize Texas prisoners into a Labor Union, but to offer technical assistance and guidance to those in other states who have an interest in organizing along similar lines.
The TPLU is self-funded and relies entirely on members' dues and financial contributions from outside individuals and organizations.
Contact: Dwight L. Rawlinson; Office of Operations; T.P.L.U.; 2121 So. 4th; Waco, TX 76706.
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