Join Us for Nashville's MLK Day March

In a speech to the AFL-CIO in March of 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. aptly described the common themes of the Civil Rights Movement and the Labor Movement saying, "Our needs are identical with labor’s needs: decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old-age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children, and respect in the community."


On Monday, we encourage all members of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee Central Labor Council to show their Union pride with t-shirts, jackets and banners and join the march to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King.  The day begins with a Youth Program at the Jefferson Street Baptist Church at 8:30am.  A ceremonial march to Tennessee State University's Gentry Complex will follow at 10:00am.  There will be a convocation at the Gentry Complex at 11:00am, and a job fair will end the days events at 12:00pm.  

We hope to see many members of the Nashville Central Labor Council, their friends and family on Monday for these commemorative events.

For more information on the Nashville's MLK Day events, click here.

WHEN:  Monday, January 18th 10:00am (Youth Program 8:30am)

WHAT:  MLK Day Ceremonial March

WHERE:  Jefferson St. Baptist Church

              2708 Jefferson St

              Nashville, TN 37208

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Nashville Voters Sent a Clear Message

Nashville, September 25 2015


Today mayor-elect Megan Barry and the new Metro Council will take the oath of office.  As they do, it is important to remember a few things.


On August 6th, 56,973 Metro voters supported “Local Hire”, nearly 58% of the electorate.  Megan Barry, a progressive candidate who stood for working families, emerged from a crowded field as the top vote getter for Mayor, and 12 CLC endorsed district candidates were elected in contested elections.


Vice Mayor David Briley, who has a known history of being an advocate for the working people of Nashville, won by over 5,000 votes.


Given a clear cut choice in the runoff election on September 10, the voters of Nashville again spoke loudly by delivering Barry a decisive 10 point victory, a margin of over 10,000 votes.


Additionally, all of the newly elected at-large members of the council support raising the minimum wage (Nashville Public Radio, 8/21), and five more CLC endorsed district candidates who understand the need for shared prosperity were victorious.  


Voters understand that in order for Nashville to sustain its growth, all of the residents must benefit.  Wages must increase with the cost of living, and the good jobs created by the growth must be made available to the working people of Nashville, not outsourced to bolster the bottom line for corporate CEOs.  Of all the storylines that emerged from the election, one theme dominated the results:

The voters sent a clear message:  We support Nashville working families.

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