Happy Holidays

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2016 has been a consequential year. All year we fought to stop the TPP, and we won! For now, our country will not continue signing bad trade agreements that threaten American jobs. But we must be vigilant because we know corporate special interests will continue to push for polices that place profits over people.

The presidential election is behind us, but the incoming administration has many questions to answer about how it will address the growing inequality in our society. Will they pursue proven policies like increasing workers' rights to collective bargaining, or will they follow the tired playbook of attacking working families and siding with billionaire CEOs? It will be our job, as always, to be the voice for working families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

As you gather with family and friends over this holiday break, remind them that you are a union member. Tell them what being a union member has done for you and your family in terms of wages, benefits and security. Let them know about the work you do with other unions in the Central Labor Council because everyone deserves the rights and protections gained by having representation in the workplace.

Most of all take time to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy your well deserved time off with your loved ones. 

Our first CLC action of 2017 will be the Nashville MLK Day March on January 16th at 10am at Jefferson Street Baptist Church. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!!

“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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2016 Tennessee AFLCIO Endorsements

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Beacon Center Reveals Itself At State Policy Network Conference

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Beacon Center Reveals Itself At State Policy Network Conference

Nashville October 3,  2016 

The Beacon Center is the “Host Think Tank” for the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Nashville on Oct. 3. State Policy Network has affiliates in almost every state, and they advocate for ALEC model legislation across the country, according to the Center for Media and Democracy.

The State Policy Network conference is sponsored by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, who create policies we are familiar with in Tennessee, like pre-empting local governments from raising the minimum wage.

The Beacon Center reveals themselves by advertising their sponsors for this year’s “A Night in Music City.” Among them are:

K12, Inc, a for profit education company criticized for poor performance in Tennessee.  

The Atlas Network, which has been linked to climate change denying organizations across the world, and is a self described partner of ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, the Ayn Rand Institute and the Beacon Center.

Advance Financial, a payday lender who reportedly charges 279% annual interest.

Direct Edge, a Republican consulting firm founded by two men with ties to two Koch connected organizations, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and Americans for Prosperity (AFP).

And the Charles Koch Institute, one of the many Koch brothers foundations.


It is important for Tennesseans to know that the Beacon Center is connected to a nationwide network of special interests and is affiliated with State Policy Network, a group that has ties to ALEC and the Koch Brothers organizations and will always put their priorities ahead of the working families in Nashville.” - President Vonda McDaniel, Nashville and Middle Tennessee Central Labor Council

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School Board Elections Reward Community Support

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2016 Metro School Board Endorsements

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"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

—Benjamin Franklin

 

Quality public education is at the foundation of the American Dream.  In recent years we have seen an under appreciation of teachers, school bus drivers, janitors and support staff.  As Nashville booms, too many children are being left behind because of underinvestment in our public schools.  Nashville is the “It City,” yet 1 in 5 residents live in poverty.  Metro Nashville Public Schools can provide two components of the comprehensive solution to that problem: the highest quality education for all children in Nashville; and quality, middle class jobs for residents who choose to dedicate their lives to that effort.

 

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee would like to thank all of our affiliates  that volunteered their time to screen, interview, and deliberate over candidates/endorsements for the upcoming August 4th  election.  We also would like to thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve our community.  It is after careful deliberation that our central body would like to announce our endorsement and full support of the following candidates.




Metro School Board

 

                                                                School District 1               Janette Carter

 

                                                                School District 3                Jill Speering

 

                                                                School District 7                Will Pinkston


                                                                School District 9                Amy Frogge

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