Announcing... RABBLE ROUSERS U! A leadership school for union members in Middle TN

We are proud to announce a new contribution from the Central Labor Council. This year we will offer a training course we're calling Rabble Rousers U to develop a new generation of leaders to increase the capacity of the affiliate unions, community allies, and the CLC. Participants will gain new skills in leading, communicating, organizing, relationship-building, and developing and executing effective campaigns. 

We are asking that Local Unions nominate members to attend the training by March 5. Nomination forms are here. Training schedule is here. Email nominations forms to or mail to PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN 37229.



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Victory! Stand Up Nashville passes Do Better Bill


On January 2, Metro Council unanimously passed the “Do Better” Bill on its third and final reading. What a great way to kick off the New Year!

Big businesses seeking property tax breaks or cash grants from the city will now have to share basic information on the number of jobs they’ll create, wages and benefits, workforce development and apprenticeship utilization, how many jobs will be filled by Davidson County residents, and past safety and wage records when applying for these public subsidies. The bill has the potential to increase transparency and help Metro Council make better economic decisions on behalf of all its constituents.

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The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a proud member of Stand Up Nashville. 

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2nd Annual Halloween Fundraising Breakfast

Get your tickets now for our 2nd Annual Halloween Fundraising Breakfast! You can purchase them here, by mail, or at the event. CLC_HALLOWEEN_BREAKFAST.jpg

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ALEC is coming to Nashville to take your rights away: Who are they and what can you do about it?

By Gordon Lafer

Most people assume that Tennessee’s laws come from Tennessee lawmakers.  Unfortunately, many of the laws controlling our jobs and economy don’t come from anyone we elected: they come from corporate lobbyists connected to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is a collection of several hundred of the largest corporations in the country, with recent members including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Exxon, Kraft Foods, Wal-Mart, UPS, drug companies, Verizon, GM, Amazon, Facebook, Blue Cross, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Almost one-quarter of all state legislators in the country are members of ALEC, including 25 members of the Tennessee legislature.  Their dues are just $50 per year, with all the rest of the expenses paid by these corporations.  ALEC meets several times a year, where model laws are drafted in committees made up half of state legislators and half of corporate lobbyists.  These bills are then introduced in cookie-cutter fashion in state legislatures across the country.  The same companies that write the laws then contribute to politicians’ campaigns, run their own political ads on radio, tv and social media, and fund state-level “experts” to promote their laws.  ALEC estimates that 200 of its laws are passed every year.

ALEC works to make its corporate members richer.  Coke and Pepsi are members, and ALEC lobbies against restrictions on sugary soft drinks.  Drug companies are members, and ALEC works to prohibit importing cheaper drugs from Canada.  Payday loan companies are members, and ALEC wants to make sure there’s no limit to interest rates on such loans. 

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CLC Statement on DACA



Statement by the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Today we heard from our country’s President on the future of DACA- the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program-- and, today, we are renewing our resolve that attacks on immigrants’ rights are attacks on workers’ rights.

Almost one million young workers will have their lives turned upside down by this decision. With the President’s decision to end DACA, almost one million young workers will have their right to work legally in this country taken away.

Almost one million young workers.

Here in Middle Tennessee, we work and live alongside several of DACA recipients-- the so-called Dreamers. They are our teachers. They are our nurses. They are our bank tellers. They are our servers. They are our web designers. They are our professors. They are our retail clerks. They are our entrepreneurs. They are our our friends. And they are our union members. DACA allows them to contribute fully to our economy, our community, and our unions.

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