TITAN/CHIEFS Football and Unions

Battle on the Gridiron


Working families in Nashville and Kansas City have a question to settle this weekend.  We will see who plays the best football. Pat Dujakovich, President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, and I are throwing down with a little friendly wager that will go to the winner's favorite charity.  The battle on the gridiron question will ultimately be decided on Sunday afternoon. 


There are lots of discussions going on this week about whether the ground game of the Tennessee Titans can lead to an upset victory of the favored Kansas City Chiefs.  We know that the Chiefs lead the series 29-24-0. Do the Titans have another Music City Miracle to pull out of their bag of tricks in their 3rd week on the road? In this high stakes game that has both cities preparing for an exciting weekend of trash talking, football championships and block parties among other things, there is a subject that has not come up. What are the workers winning and what can be done to make things better for them after the AFC championship game is concluded?


Preparations are underway for Titans viewing party, Nashville style.  Nowhere do they have block parties like they do in Music City. They close downtown streets with all the best honky tonks, put up huge screens, bring in food trucks and beer stands...it is sensory overload for football fans and even if you aren’t, it is one hell of a party.


Meanwhile, this week a new report by Metro Nashville Social Services says that Nashville is breaking national records.  The city ranks ninth in the country for students living in poverty in comparison to other districts. Further, the report states that half the city’s workforce makes less than $35,000 a year.  The report shows that working class families are starting to leave.


In Kansas City, the Chiefs fever is running high as a local news source says.  “Local businesses are benefiting from the chiefs playoff success”.  


Workers in Kansas City got a shot in the arm when the clock struck midnight to ring in the New Year.  Minimum wage workers in the state got an 85 cent raise as the lowest hourly rate went from $8.60 to $9.45.  In 2018, MO workers were able to rally and defeat Right to Work measure on the ballot by a two to one margin.  Workers are winning in the more important contest in MO.


As the leaders of the respective Labor Councils in this weeks AFC matchup, we have raised the stakes and will be tuned in this Sunday cheering for our respective teams on the gridiron... but we both believe that Unions can improve the lives of the working families that support the game and the communities in which they live.

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Next Apprenticeship Readiness Program Starts January 27!


Music City Construction Careers is excited to announce the next Apprenticeship Readiness Program will take place from January 27 to February 7. This training is geared toward helping people of color, women, young people & transitioning veterans get good-paying union jobs with benefits and accepted into federally registered NABTU Apprenticeship Programs. We will hold info sessions for people interested in applying on January 7 and January 13. Interviews will be held January 21 and January 22. Click HERE to download the application. Completed applications can be mailed to Music City Construction Careers, PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN. Questions? Contact us at careers@musiccitymc3.org or 615-212-8546.

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Nov. 21: Bargaining for the Common Good with Arlene Inouye of United Teachers Los Angeles


Please join us for a very special evening with President Vonda McDaniel of the Central Labor Council in conversation with Arlene Inouye, Secretary of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) & lead negotiator during their recent historic strike.

This important and timely discussion will explore UTLA's whole worker organizing & Bargaining for the Common Good model. They will also delve into how UTLA is taking the worksite & community power it built during the strike to move its ambitious New Deal for Public Schools platform. All the while drawing out lessons for Nashville.

You won't want to miss it!

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#SolidaritySunday-- Supper on the Strike Line


#SolidaritySunday-- Show your solidarity with UAW Local 1853 members on strike against General Motors in Spring Hill!

THIS SUNDAY, October 13, the Central Labor Council and labor supporters far and wide are cooking up Sunday Supper on the Strike line. We'll have a fish fry with all the fixings for workers on the picket line and stand with our union brothers and sisters as they enter their fourth week on strike. ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO JOIN, we're also collecting donations of snacks and gatorade (they have plenty of water right now). Drop off donations during regular business hours to the CLC or TN AFL-CIO office, 1901 Lindell Ave. in Nashville, or take directly to the strike line!

2pm-- Carpool from Nashville-- Meet at the Central Labor Council/ TN AFL-CIO Office, 1901 Lindell Ave.
3pm-- Meet us at the Spring Hill UAW Hall-- 125 Stephen P Yokich Pkwy, Spring Hill, TN 37174

Please share widely! Download the flyer here.

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Labor Day Parade and Celebration Logistics

Here are some important updates about Saturday's Labor Day Parade and Celebration. Please share this information with your members and other participants.
1) Parking
We have secured free parking for attendees of the parade and celebration in Parking Lot R of Nissan Stadium until 1pm. When you arrive, look for volunteers at the gate who will give you a placard to display in your window. Vehicles left after 1pm could possibly be subject to tow. 
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2) Parade Lineup & Route
Once you park, please utilize the Pedestrian Bridge to the Parade Lineup to access parade lineup spot on 1st Ave. under the Pedestrian Bridge. Floats can utilize Korean Vets Bridge to get to Parade Lineup on 1st Ave.  
Lineup starts at 8am. Parade kicks off at 9am.
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3) Celebration
After the parade ends at 3rd Ave, pedestrians will utilize the Pedestrian Bridge to return to Cumberland Park, the location of our celebration. Vehicles/floats can utilize Woodland St. Bridge to return and park in Parking Lot R for the duration of the event. 
Make sure that you and your contingent sign in at the Central Labor Council booth to receive a free Labor Day Tshirt and Raffle Ticket. 
4) Booth Space
Booth space is available for sponsors at Cumberland Park. Please plan to bring your own table, chairs, and pop-up tent. 
5) Raffle 
We have several great raffle prizes, including a Union Tshirt Quilt, items from the Union Sportsmen Alliance, Gift Cards, and prizes from local businesses. Sign in at the Central Labor Council to get raffle ticket and free Labor Day tshirt. 
6) Food
Free food will be available to attendees! We'll have traditional cookout fare, and Maggie Moos will have an ice cream truck. 
7) Music, Fun, Games
Bands, cornhole, bouncy house will all be located in Cumberland Park! This is a family-friendly event. Please bring your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. 
Don't hesitate to reach out to Anne Barnett (anne@nashvilleclc.org/ 865-206-6086) if you have questions. We're looking forward to celebrating our great legacy and power as union members and working families as we celebrate this Labor Day weekend. 
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