Welcome New Affiliates RWDSU & BMWED!

We are pleased to announce that our Central Labor Council is continuing to grow! This month, we welcomed new affiliates Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 150 and Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way (BMWED) Lodge 670 into our Council. #UnionStrong #1u 


RWDSU Local 150 represents over 200 members at the US Smokeless Tobacco Co in Nashville, TN. 



BMWED Lodge 670 represents nearly 100 members who perform track maintenance for CSX railroad. 

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Central Labor Council endorses Union Member Delishia Porterfield in Metro District 29 Race

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, comprised of 23 local affiliate labor unions, has announced its endorsement of Delishia Porterfield in the Metro Council District 29 special election. Ms. Porterfield is currently a Special Education Coach for Metro Nashville Public Schools and a member of the Metro Nashville Education Association, a union representing Nashville’s teachers and one of the most recent new affiliates to the Central Labor Council.Delishia.jpg

“The CLC supports Delishia not simply because she shares our values,” said Vonda McDaniel, president of the Central Labor Council. “We support her for Metro Council District 29 because as a community activist, teacher and parent she shares our lived experience. She will fight for public safety and public employees, strong schools and infrastructure improvements. We believe she is a needed voice at this time in our city.”

For more information, contact Vonda McDaniel at president@nashvilleclc.org.

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Labor Runs Unprecedented Electoral Program Across TN

The TN State AFL-CIO and its five Central Labor Councils, the local bodies of the AFL-CIO, ran a robust coordinated electoral program in every part of our state this year, the largest labor electoral program in recent memory. This effort aimed to educate union members and their families about labor-endorsed candidates and to encourage them to vote.

issues-matter.pngOver the past two months, union member volunteers and paid canvassers have made over 28,000 phone calls and knocked on almost 22,000 doors. They also utilized social media, mailings, text messages, distributing flyers at worksites, candidate forums, and GOTV events to reach union voters.

“I can’t remember the last time we had this much excitement and activity around the elections,” reflected June Rostan, retiree from the AFL-CIO, and volunteer with the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Central Labor Council. “We’ve had so many candidates who were excited about gaining Labor’s endorsement, because they knew we would work to educate our members about where they stand on issues important to working families, such as Medicaid expansion, public education, wages, and collective bargaining.”

“Union members know that we are strong in the workplace, but after door knocking and calling thousands of other union members, we’re seeing that we have so much potential political power, too, and we’re working to turn that potential into a reality,” said Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Campaigns Coordinator of the AFL-CIO of Memphis.

“No matter what the outcome of the election, union members have built a strong member to member program that will continue to build power for working families long after this election cycle is over,” said Vonda McDaniel, President of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN, and coordinator of the TN Labor 2018 Electoral Program.



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Labor Endorsed Candidates

Early Voting starts today, Oct 17! Not sure who to vote for? Check out these Labor Endorsed Candidates. The Central Labor Councils and the TN AFL-CIO have endorsed these candidates after an extensive screening process and believe they are the best candidates for working families in Middle TN. 




Come to our Working People's Town Hall October 25, 5-7pm to educate these candidates on what issues are important to you and here from them about their priorities! 


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Welcome New Affiliates: MNEA!

Last night we had the pleasure of welcoming our newest affiliate the Metro Nashville Education Association! We are so happy to have union teachers join our Council. We have been so inspired to see teachers standing up and exercising collective power all over the country, and we know that we are a stronger labor movement when we join together. 

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