Endorsements for 2019 Metro Nashville Elections

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee represents thousands of union members from the industrial, commercial, service, construction, and public sectors. For the past month, we have been collecting questionnaires and interviewing candidates in every Metro Nashville district and race. Following this thorough screening process, our diverse affiliates agree that the following candidates are the best candidates for working families in Davidson County.

With nearly 10,000 union members and their families residing in Metro Nashville, the Central Labor Council is committed to educate our members and get out the vote to win these seats for labor endorsed candidates.

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities, including phone banking, door knocking, and postcard writing!


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CLC Announces Early Endorsements For Upcoming Metro Elections

Yesterday, the Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN, AFL-CIO embarked on its 2019 Municipal Election endorsement process.  An initial round of early endorsements was voted on by delegates for candidates that have championed pro-worker values and will campaign on issues that improve the lives of working families.  We support candidates who embrace our fight to secure economic justice and lifelong dignity for all working people.

Our endorsement process will include a Worker’s Town Hall on May 1 to provide candidates with an understanding of the diversity of worker concerns represented by CLC affiliates.  Completing a questionnaire that reflects a compilation of working families priorities and a screening process where candidates have the opportunity to engage in q/a with worker representatives on a variety of subjects.

In advance of that process, we are happy to announce the endorsement of a limited list of incumbents that have demonstrated commitment to working families at a time where our city seems to not always prioritize their interest.


Bob Mendes        At Large

Sharon Hurt        At Large

Brett Withers        District 6

Ed Kindall        District 21

Kathleen Murphy    District 24

Antionette Lee        District 33

Delisha Porterfield    District 29


In addition, Gary Moore former State Representative District 50 and President of the TN AFL-CIO was endorsed as an at-large candidate.

A special endorsement meeting will be held on May 23, 2019.  All other endorsements will be affirmed at that time.

The Central Labor Council of Nashville/Middle TN AFL-CIO represents more than 20,000 working families represented by more than 40 affiliated local unions and community organizations. We are united for dignity, respect, and fairness on the job and in our community.

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Apply to be an Organizing Apprentice with UCW!

United Campus Workers, CWA Local 3865, is seeking applications to host an organizing apprentice to begin work in Fall 2019. UCW is partnering with WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership), an initiative to train a new generation of women’s labor leadership, and the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN. UCW is looking to increase support for our organizing at Tennessee State University, Tennessee’s only public HBCU, which faces a legacy of racism and discriminatory funding by the state, and where members are also deeply affected by issues in Nashville like gentrification, affordable housing, and the arrival of Amazon.


  • Organizing: Identifying, recruiting and building relationships with new members.
  • Mobilizing: Working in partnership with the Central Labor Council of Middle TN to activate members around CLC campaigns.

  • Leadership Development: Develop member leadership and involvement in the union, recruit members to attend the CLC’s organizing training.

  • Staff administration and support



  • The position would begin in early September 2019 and last a minimum of 3 months with the option to extend to 6 months. Campus workers are especially encouraged to apply. (Note: we are willing to design the work to be either full-time or part-time depending on the applicant!)
  • Apprentices are paid $15 an hour.

  • Apprentices participate in a formal mentorship program, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization, and will attend an expenses-paid WILL Empower training and gathering in Washington, DC.

  • We are looking for someone who has both experience and interest in organizing, or campus workers who haven’t had the opportunity to devote time to organizing but are very interested. You should have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, and a willingness to learn the political and legal climate in Tennessee. We need someone who works well individually and in a team, can think on their toes, and can be all hands on deck when the time requires. Familiarity with HBCUs is preferred.

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Support Letter for Director of MNPS

Sent to MNPS School Board Members via email on 3/19/2019


Members of the School Board,

I’m writing to express support for renewing the contract of Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Metro Schools on behalf of the over 20,000 union members and their families that belong to the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Dr. Joseph has restored a productive working relationship with unions that represent MNPS employees.

Too many people in Nashville seem to have forgotten what conditions were like under the previous director of Metro Schools. Labor relations between teachers, support staff, bus drivers  and the administration were extremely contentious. Dr. Register refused to negotiate memorandums of understanding with support staff, he dismantled policies that were good for labor and management, and he outsourced 700 good custodial jobs, disrupting the lives of families across the district.

The morale in Metro Schools has been a topic of recent news coverage, as it should be. However, to suggest that the morale in Metro Schools is solely at the feet of the Director ignores the chronic underfunding of system and the impact of systemic poverty in our city. The State of Tennessee funding formula gives Davidson County one of lowest allotments per student in the entire state. Despite the economic boom, our city did not fund the Metro Schools budget request last year, leaving teachers and employees with no raises or cost of living adjustments. 72% of Metro School children are affected by some level of poverty.

Dr. Joseph inherited a school system with immense challenges and we believe he is doing his best to address them, but he can only be as effective as the resources he is given.

He has taken concrete steps to repair the relationship between the administration and employees, and he respects the rights of employees to have a voice in the workplace. The members of the Central Labor Council believe he should have the opportunity to continue to implement his vision for the district, and we will continue to advocate for the funding the district desperately needs.



Vonda McDaniel


Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN, AFL-CIO

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The Playbook: Fighting for Worker Safety On & Off the Field

This year Nashville welcomes the NFL draft. To kickoff this weekend, the CLC is hosting an exciting fundraiser luncheon on April 25th at the Music City Center at noon. The featured speaker is DeMaurice Smith ESQ, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association. This is a rare opportunity to hear from a high-profile employee representative about the safety and health work that his Union has done.

Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased here or by mail at PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN, 37229.

Sponsorship Packages:

Hall of Famer $5,000: includes a table of ten with prime seating, VIP parking, full-page ad in program, listing on event signage, and recognition at the event and online.

MVP $3,000: includes five tickets with premium seating, half-page ad in program, and recognition at the event and online.

Team Captain $1,000: includes 2 tickets with preferred seating, quarter-page ad, and ecognition at the event.

Tickets $100: includes lunch. 

Download flyer here.


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