Information about the Texas AFL-CIO 2022 Virtual Convention
Updated on Jan, 10, 2022
With the greatest regret, we have decided to cancel plans for the in person 2022 Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention.We will substitute a virtual version of the Convention, also to be held Thursday, Jan. 20, and Friday, Jan. 21.
Our decision again places the health and safety of union activists as our top priority. The omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate. Even with precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and consideration of all reasonable options, we simply cannot adequately guarantee the safety of participants.
We made our final decision now to provide you the longest practical notice possible, taking into account the knowledge we have at this time. We have consulted with public health experts, who project a continued dramatic climb in the number of Texas cases throughout the month. We have also consulted with a range of union officers, including those whose members work in an already overburdened health care sector, who agree that an in-person convention this month presents an unacceptable likelihood that we would subject our members and their families to harm. Finally, we have already heard from some delegates and guests who decided attending in person was too risky.
Many details remain to be ironed out in converting to a virtual convention. Please do not call the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. If you made a reservation within the convention block, the Kalahari Resorts will send you a link to cancel the reservation. An email confirmation will be sent to you.
While we are sorely disappointed in these circumstances, our plan for the biggest, broadest, boldest campaign possible for COPE-endorsed candidates does not go away. We intend to make the virtual COPE Convention a blueprint for success in the primaries, runoffs and general election.
Thank you for your understanding.
Rick Levy, President
Leonard Aguilar, Secretary-Treasurer