Happy New Year!

Happy New Year !!! We hope that this letter finds you renewed from spending time with friends and family and ready to embark on a new year full of opportunities. 

A strong and viable Union movement is a vital and important part of a thriving and robust economy.  Much has been written and discussed  about the "big" challenges facing Labor.  It is our challenge to build a movement in our community  that fights the political and legislative battles that  undermine the progress of working families; supports  affiliate Unions  in their efforts to gain ground at the bargaining table and increases the number of Union members that are active, involved and engaged in the advancement of positive economic and social justice in our community.

Our 2015 calendar starts out very busy....

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Welcome United Steel Workers Local 1155L

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Pictured: USW Local 1155l Executive Board

The membership of United Steel Workers Local 1155L voted to affiliate with the Central Labor Council this week! More than 700 members strong,  this local represents workers who build truck bus radial tires for Bridgestone in Morrison TN. This local union has a long history of activism, community service, and leadership in the broader labor movement.

  "With so many challenges facing workers, uniting together under the umbrella of a Central Labor Councils is more relevant today than ever. Together we come to the defense of workers by organizing across industries throughout Middle Tennessee. We pledge to stand in solidarity with the members of USW Local 1155L, fighting for common issues, and supporting each other's struggles. We look forward to our new partnership which undoubtedly will strengthen our movement." -Vonda McDaniel, President Central Labor Council 

 

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CLC Supports Mancini for TNDP Chair

This past week, delegates to the AFL-CIO’s Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee (CLC) passed a motion to support Mary Mancini as chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party. We took this action after much discussion, but certain of the fact that the state’s Democratic Party needs new energy and a new focus on working families and basic pocketbook issues.

 We feel Mary Mancini is the best candidate among the handful of good candidates up for the position who will channel our working-class values toward a new day for Democrats in our state. While serving as executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, Mary has proven herself as a champion of workers against a harsh Republican agenda to gut worker-friendly programs and balance a state budget by making it more difficult for common people and indeed the working-poor to make ends meet.

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More Than 200 Strong Parade For Workers Rights

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Nashville, TN – The Central Labor Council joined with Middle TN Jobs With Justice and Workers' Dignity, in what became the largest local labor day parade in more than a decade.   Despite storm clouds overhead, workers from construction, service, industrial, and public sectors, joined together from thirteen sponsoring local unions and campaigns, to march the three miles together. The route took workers and community supporters along the working class area of Nolensville Road from Harding Pike to St. Edwards Church on Thompson Lane, where the parade joined Workers’ Dignity’s annual Labor Day Picnic.

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First Strategic Planning Meeting a Success

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Thanks to all of the committed Union members who spent their Saturday helping to chart the direction of our CLC for the coming years.  The meeting was the first in a series of strategic planning meetings, which are an opportunity to step back from our day to day work and focus on how we can improve our CLC's ability to win victories for workers locally.  Discussions focused on creating a comprehensive plan for improving community engagement,  organizing, and political programs, as well as increasing our council's overall capacity.  It's clear- with so many challenges facing workers today the need for organization is greater than ever. This Saturday was an important first step towards making a stronger CLC.   There will be a report of our progress and emerging plan at the next CLC delegate meeting. The next strategy meeting is tentatively set for early October.

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