Community, Labor and Elected Leaders Examine Opportunities for Cooperatives in Nashville at the CoopEconNash Summit at TSU

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Corker, Black and Haslam: Tennessee’s Own 1 Percenters

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Corker, Black and Haslam: 

Tennessee’s Own 1 Percenters

Senator Corker’s “filing errors” highlight a larger problem.  High ranking GOP in Tennessee accrue wealth while pursuing policies that hurt working families 

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Nashville Voters Sent a Clear Message

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact: Jason Freeman 603.817.1128

 

Nashville Voters Sent a Clear Message

Nashville, September 25 2015

 

Today mayor-elect Megan Barry and the new Metro Council will take the oath of office.  As they do, it is important to remember a few things.

 

On August 6th, 56,973 Metro voters supported “Local Hire”, nearly 58% of the electorate.  Megan Barry, a progressive candidate who stood for working families, emerged from a crowded field as the top vote getter for Mayor, and 12 CLC endorsed district candidates were elected in contested elections.

 

Vice Mayor David Briley, who has a known history of being an advocate for the working people of Nashville, won by over 5,000 votes.

 

Given a clear cut choice in the runoff election on September 10, the voters of Nashville again spoke loudly by delivering Barry a decisive 10 point victory, a margin of over 10,000 votes.

 

Additionally, all of the newly elected at-large members of the council support raising the minimum wage (Nashville Public Radio, 8/21), and five more CLC endorsed district candidates who understand the need for shared prosperity were victorious.  

 

Voters understand that in order for Nashville to sustain its growth, all of the residents must benefit.  Wages must increase with the cost of living, and the good jobs created by the growth must be made available to the working people of Nashville, not outsourced to bolster the bottom line for corporate CEOs.  Of all the storylines that emerged from the election, one theme dominated the results:


The voters sent a clear message:  We support Nashville working families.

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Nashville's 3rd Annual Labor Day Parade!

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Welcome Jason Freeman to the Central Labor Council

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We are pleased to introduce Jason Freeman as the Campaigns and Community Coordinator of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee Central Labor Council.  Hiring staff is the culmination of more than a year's worth of planning and aggressive capacity building by our CLC, which had always been run by an all volunteer basis. As Nashville grows, so must the voice of our more than 16,000 area union families.  

Jason will be working with our affiliate unions to build upon existing relationships among unions, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, voting rights and grassroots organizations and identify potential new relationships that would grow the capacity of the labor movement to represent the interests of all workers.  He will also take the lead on crafting our strategic plan for the CLC to continue to fight for working families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 

Jason is originally from New Hampshire and spent the last two years there working for American Bridge 21st Century on the 2014 US Senate and Congressional races, as well as the first in the nation presidential primary.  Prior to that he was a field organizer working for a candidate in the 2013 Boston, MA Mayoral election and the 2012 congressional campaign in the 8th District of Minnesota.  Before entering the political realm, Jason worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years. 

In the coming weeks and months, Jason will be reaching out to members of the Central Labor Council to introduce himself and give updates on CLC campaigns and events.  Please feel free to contact him to introduce yourself!

 

IMPORTANT METRO ELECTION INFORMATION

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Day of Action

Saturday August 29th 10:00am

Volunteer Door Knocking for Endorsed Candidates

2019 Buena Vista Pike

 

Labor Day Parade and Picnic

Saturday September 5th 3:00pm

St. Edwards Church

190 Thompson Lane

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