Gus Bova

Gus Bova writes about labor, homelessness, politics, the border, and occasionally other topics. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @gusbova

For Greg Abbott, All the Border’s a Stage

by | Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:00 am CST
Texas Legislature

Again, Texas Republicans Fail to Gut Local Labor Protections

The win for worker advocates came unexpectedly—and may not last long.

In the waning hours of Texas’ 87th legislative session, House Democrats staged a walk-out to kill a sweeping Republican effort at voter suppression. Little-noticed in the moment, the dramatic move also nixed a top priority of the business lobby for … Read More

Texas Legislature

As Homeless Camping Drama Rages, Protestors Camp Outside Austin City Hall

“What they want is to push us back to where they don’t see us anymore.”

Samantha “Sunshine” Conley was homeless before Austin rolled back its citywide camping ban in 2019. She was homeless for the brief interim that the repeal lasted, and—if nothing changes soon—she’ll still be homeless when the police begin arresting the city’s … Read More

Civil Rights, Featured Stories, News, The Interview, The Issue

Texas Labor Organizer Montserrat Garibay Goes to Washington

As a Latina immigrant, Montserrat Garibay broke barriers in the Texas labor movement. Now she enters the national stage.

From the May/June 2021 issue Twenty-nine years ago, Montserrat Garibay left Mexico City for Texas with her mother and sister. They were undocumented. At a public middle school in Austin, Garibay learned English. Later, she and her sister founded one … Read More

Civil Rights, News

In San Antonio, Police Reformers Square Off with the Cops’ Union

A proposal to end collective bargaining, on the ballot May 1, aims to spur police accountability in Texas’ second-largest city.

In the heat of last summer’s uprisings over the killing of George Floyd, a small group of San Antonians, with little experience in criminal justice reform, hatched a plan to turn protest into policy. They looked at their city, where … Read More

Texas Legislature

The Lege This Week: Who Cancels the Cancellers?

It just might be the Texas Legislature.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis—and now the fallout from deadly blackouts. Under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers … Read More

Clockwise from top left: Casandra Gonzalez with Yolanda Reyes; Daniel Morales, an El Paso nurse who died in August, with family; Jessica Fajardo, an Odessa phlebotomist who died in April, with a friend; Pwar Gay, an Amarillo meat processing worker who died in May; Maurice Dotson; Margaret Ferguson, who worked for a roofing company in Allen and died in October.
Health Care

COVID-19’s Deadly Toll on Texas Workers

As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice.

Graveyard Shift As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice. By Gus Bova January 18, 2021 From the January/February 2021 issue. Isabelle Papadimitriou was finally a grandma. The baby girl, Lua, was born in … Read More


In San Antonio, a Fight over Public Housing Heats Up

The fate of the Alamo City’s oldest and largest public housing development is fueling a conflict between San Antonians with different visions for the future of the city’s West Side.

Update: On January 21, the board of the San Antonio Housing Authority announced dramatic changes to its plans for the Alazán-Apache Courts, including that the agency has cancelled its proposed partnership with the private developer NRP Group. As it proceeds … Read More


The Year Newspaper Unions Roared Back to Life in Texas

At the beginning of 2020, there were zero union papers in the Lone Star State. Soon, it seems, there will be three.

In mid-February, a coterie of newspaper higher-ups from around the country gathered at the Omni hotel in downtown Fort Worth for an affair ostentatiously called the Key Executives Mega-Conference. During one presentation, a Chicago-based employment attorney, Michael Rybicki, warned of … Read More