"Secrets of a Successful Organizer" Training Draws 40 Union and Community Leaders



On July 16, 40 Middle Tennessee union and community members and leaders came together for a one day "Secrets of a Successful Organizer" training. We learned how to beat apathy, build our dream team, and how to turn an issue into a campaign. This training was organized by Labor Notes, a labor publication, research, and education organization based in Detroit, the Central Labor Council, and SOCM, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment. 

"This training was awesome!" said Marla Mabone, member of ATU Local 1235, one of six CLC affiliates who sent members to the training. "We learned how to organize a campaign to fix any problems we might be facing."  

Labor Notes also put on the "Secrets of a Successful Organizer" training in Memphis and Knoxville and trained around 140 total Tennessee union and community members. 

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Metro Council District 33 Special Election Endorsements

After vetting candidates for the special election to fill Sam Coleman's District 33 Metro Council seat, the Central Labor Council is pleased to announce a favorable recommendation for two candidates: Antoinette Lee and Jack Byrd III. The election will be Aug. 15, with early voting July 26-Aug. 10. 

Delegates from five Locals interviewed three of the six candidates running for the Antioch-area seat and were pleased that two had strong ties to labor. Antoinette Lee has been a Tennessee Education Association lobbyist and staff woman, and Jack Byrd III is a former SEIU Local 205 member and steward. Both candidates polled strongly on issues important to our affiliates and were vocal about their commitment to let Labor guide their position on issues that come across their desk. We feel confident that either of these candidates would be strong allies and advocates for working families in Nashville. 

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Passing of a Union Brother

8540_673381429354148_717708988_n(2).jpgOfficers and Delegates are sad to report the Line-of-Duty Death of Brother Kim West. Kim was an IAFF Local 140 member and a fire fighter/engineer with Nashville Fire department.  Kim had previously suffered an on-the-job back injury and passed from complications of surgery on May 26th.

Click Read More for arrangements. Please keep the West family in your prayers. 


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Nashville - One of the Most Dangerous Cities for Construction Workers


A study released by Partnership for Working Families, based on survey information collected by Workers DignityStand Up Nashville, the Building Trades Council, and others, found Nashville to be one of the most dangerous cities for construction workers in the nation. Workers and unions gathered to present the study's findings and give testimonies at a press conference yesterday (news stories' links below). To request a copy of the study, email anne@nashvilleclc.org. 

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Historic May 1st Strike in Nashville


5:30pm Rally and March at Coleman Park, 7:00pm Celebration at SEIU (521 Central Ave)

This May 1st, workers across Nashville will launch a historic STRIKE for dignity, a living wage, and an end to local and national policies that target communities of color and working-class communities.

Workers’ Dignity, Music City Riders United, and others are joining the national action, calling a May Day march in solidarity with striking workers across the city. Members of those organizations and others have already begun spreading the word among coworkers and on social media.

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