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Support rest breaks for Dallas construction workers

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Dallas City Council Member Lee Kleinman just told the Texas Tribune that chasing loose dogs was more important than ensuring Dallas construction workers have access to rest and water. These comments are so disappointing -- can you believe it?

One-third of Dallas construction workers do not receive rest breaks on the job.  Over the past year, Workers Defense Project has been fighting to win a rest break ordinance in Dallas, to ensure that the roughly 112,000 construction workers laboring in the city have the right to rest. Yet many Dallas City Council members continue to turn a blind eye to the problem and delay passing this simple ordinance.

We need your help! Add your name to send the message below to Dallas City Council:

Dear Mayor Rawlings and Dallas City Council,

I urge you to vote yes on construction workers’ right to rest.

Without state or federal laws mandating rest breaks, Dallas construction workers build our city under life threatening conditions. Texas developers are expected to do the right thing for workers, but unfortunately, many do not. According to a University of Texas at Austin study on working conditions in construction, one-third of Dallas construction workers do not receive rest breaks at work.

As a result, workers suffer from high rates of heat exhaustion and dehydration, which strains their health, their families’ well being, and their effectiveness on the job. Construction workers are 13 times more likely to die from heat-related illnesses than other workers.

Dallas can do better.

Rest breaks are a simple way to make sure that construction workers can go home safely at the end of the day. Stand up for a safer Dallas: vote yes on a rest break ordinance.

 Thank you,

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