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Congresswoman Garcia tours new pipefitters school

L – R: Business Agent John Guyon, Organizer Andrea Delagarza, Training Coordinator Kevin Bickerstaff, Business Manager Bryan Edwards, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, President Mark Baker, Business Agent Kenneth Waybright, HVAC Training Coordinator Randy Beal and Organizer Matt Patrick. (Allan Jamail Photo)

By Allan Jamail

Deer Park, TX. – February 18, 2020 — Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia toured the new, $4 million state-of-the-art Pipefitters Local 211 Apprentice School. While on the tour, Business Manager Bryan Edwards stopped briefly enough to present Garcia an award in recognition and appreciation for her long history of supporting and promoting organized labor.

Garcia’s district includes thousands of union jobs in the North Channel area and along and near the Houston Ship Channel. Local 211 have a couple thousand members in Garcia’s district as well. She has worked to secure union jobs first when she was as a County Commissioner, then Texas Senator, and now as a member of Congress. She believes organized labor gives workers a voice which allows them to report unsafe job conditions without fear of retaliation and provides a decent fair wage, with health benefits for the union member’s family and a respectable retirement pension.

Garcia said, “As someone who is one of ten children and grew up poor, I know the importance of a good paying job, and organized labor has historically stood up for working families and fought to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect. That’s why I am such a strong supporter of organized labor.”

She advocates high school graduates to get a college education if possible, but for those who can’t for one reason or another, then a good trade union apprentice school can be a good alternative.

Lady Mustangs Playoff win over Dobie Longhorns 50 – 40

#10 Makayla Patterson, senior Lady Mustangs leading scorer makes a 2 point fade-away-shot. She made 20 points in the game with 15 of them in the final period to seal the win. She made 90 percent of her free throws. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Pasadena, TX. – February 17, 2020, on a neutral court, the GPISD North Shore Mustangs girls’ varsity basketball team won Monday’s playoff game against Dobie (Houston, TX) by a score of 50-40. The games are a part of the “2020 Girls State Basketball Championships – 6A Regions 1 & 3” tournament.

Mustangs Head Coach Allison Campbell brought her team out after trailing at halftime to outscore the Longhorns in the second half 28 to 17. By pulling out a victory they will now advance to play Clear Springs (League City, TX) on Thursday, February 20th, at 6 pm. The results will be in the next issue of the North Channel Star.

Early voting underway

You have until Friday, February 28th to vote early in the 2020 primary election! Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd. Texas has open primaries. That means that ALL Texas voters can participate. The Texas primary is an extremely important election in Texas!

All Texans’ ballots will include the statewide races, but the rest of the races on there will be determined by where you live. On the federal level, Texans are divided among 36 congressional districts. On the state level, Texans are divided into 150 House districts, 31 Senate districts and 15 State Board of Education districts. All congressional and Texas House districts are up for election this year, along with one U.S. Senate seat, several Texas Senate seats and eight State Board of Education seats.

Remember to bring an acceptable form of photo ID to the polls to cast your ballot.