Tennessee GOP Becomes Their Worst Fear Of Government

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Tennessee GOP Becomes Their Worst Fear Of Government

Nashville, February 22,  2016

 

Republicans used to believe in local control.  For decades now, Republicans have railed against an overreaching, tyrannical federal government.  Yet in Tennessee, where the Republican party has majorities in the House, Senate and hold the Governorship, they have become a the very thing they claim to fear the most, an overreaching government.

State Senator Jack Johnson’s bill to ban “Local Hire” in Nashville overturns the will of more than 56,000 Davidson County voters. Senator Johnson acknowledged this in a recent article in the Tennessean saying:

“Another issue that has been brought in opposition to my bill, which would nullify the charter amendment, is that we are overturning the will of the voters of Nashville,” he said. “In fact we are.” - Sen. Jack Johnson

Davidson County residents passed Amendment 3 to address the systemic poverty that persists amongst its people.  The 2014 census reported that 19% of residents in Davidson County live in poverty.  In Williamson County, where Senator Johnson lives, only 6% of residents are impoverished.  

The median income in Davidson County is $47,335, compared to $89,779 in Williamson County.

Perhaps Senator Johnson is unaware of the struggles of Davidson County because he lives in the 17th richest county in the country.

As Tennessee Republicans add to the growing list of local governance they seek to overturn today, perhaps we should remind them of how they feel about the federal government.  

“We cannot allow Congress to trample on our state’s rights and the personal liberties guaranteed by our federal Constitution,” said Senator Johnson.  “We must push back against this unprecedented abuse of power or there will be no limits on federal authority in the future.” - Senator Jack Johnson

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2016 Labor Fair

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Central Labor Council of Nashville/Middle TN will host our second annual Labor Fair.  The Labor Fair will be held at Nashville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center located at 310 Fesslers Lane, Nashville, TN 37210 from 11:00am-1:00pm.  All local unions are invited to participate!

The purpose of the Labor Fair is to provide an opportunity for elected officials, candidates and community leaders to become familiar with the issues and concerns of union leaders and their membership, and to see the diversity of union workers that provide skills and services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 

We are asking participating unions to set up a table with information about your union, its work, your apprenticeship program (if applicable), a list of your union contractors (if applicable), and finally a vision statement about your union’s issues, concerns, priorities for Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

This event is designed to begin the relationship building process with public policy makers, and to showcase the world class local workforce our unions represent. Don’t miss this important event.   In order to make sure that you are set up and ready to greet our guests on the March 5, please arrive by 10:00am.  A short program to start our Labor Fair will begin at 11:00am and refreshments will be served.

For questions, you can contact Jason at 603-817-1128.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT:  2nd Annual Labor Fair

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 10:00am

WHERE:  IBEW JATC Building, 310 Fessler's Lane, Nashville

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Thank You to Our 2016 CLC Kick Off Sponsors

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Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations that sponsored our 2016 CLC Kick-Off yesterday.  It was a great event that exceeded expectations.  The Nashville Central Labor Council is ready to take on the challenges of the new year and fight for the working families of Middle Tennessee!

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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."

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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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MNPS Rights Five Year Wrong

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MNPS Rights a Five Year Wrong

Elected officials should learn from MNPS’ failed experiment.

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