TN Student Solidarity Helps Nissan Worker Win His Job Back

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ABOVE: MTSU students with Tennessee Student Justice Alliance and Garrett Stark with the Central Labor Council delivering letter to Nissan Headquarters in Franklin TN. 

Students from the Tennessee Student Justice Alliance delivered a letter Thursday April 23, 2014  to Nissan’s headquarters in Franklin, TN. The letter demanded the reinstatement of Calvin Moore, a Mississippi Nissan worker who was unjustly terminated for union activity, as well as back pay for Chip Wells, another worker actively organizing. These students efforts were a part of a coalition called the Concerned Students For a Better Nissan. This coalition is made up of college students and young activists within the South that have been organizing in solidarity with Nissan workers both at Smyrna, TN and Canton, MS, who want a fair union election. Thursday's action wasn't isolated. Students in Canton Mississippi delivered a similar letter to the plant, while students in Miami, FL delivered a letter to a Nissan dealership. These student-worker solidarity tactics are already proving effective. As a result of this organizing, within two days Calvin Moore, won his job back!

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Welcome Jobs With Justice - Interfaith Worker Justice

CLC Delegates voted unanimously to include Jobs With Justice as our newest affiliated member. Welcome Middle TN JWJ/IWJ! We are stronger together as a united labor movement. 

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CLC Endorsements for May 6th Primary Election (Davidson County)

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee would like to thank all of our members who volunteered their time staying late to screen, interview, and deliberate over candidate endorsements for the upcoming May 6th election.  We also would like to thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve our community.  It is after careful deliberation that our central body would like to announce our endorsement and full support of the following candidates. It is our sincere hope that our collective 16,000 members would take these endorsements into consideration when casting their ballots, and that all working people would fully participate in local politics. 

FOR PRINTABLE VERSION OF ENDORSEMENTS CLICK HERE

(For full list click READ MORE below)

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McDonalds Wage Theft Rally

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IATSE Local 46 Union Member Marty Gilbert, standing with fast food worker Linda Espinoza and Workers' Dignity organizer Brenda Perez. 

About a dozen workers and community supporters rallied this morning in front a West End McDonalds, as part of the  “Fight For $15” campaign. The campaign hopes to raise wages and win better working conditions for fast food workers here and across the country. The rally aimed to draw attention to a new national class action lawsuit which charges McDonalds with systematically cheating workers out of minimum wages, in part by making workers work off the clock during their lunch break. 

Linda Espinoza, a local fast food worker addressed the media. “I am 31 years old. I have a family, obligations, bill and needs. I support my daughters. I am currently employed at a fast food restaurant [and] have worked in fast food restaurants for the vast majority of my working career… I have worked hard for this company. I have worked through illness and injury. I deserve to be treated as the hardworking individual I am. I have gone through so much with this company from low pay to insufficient hours, schedule conflicts, and wage theft. We deserve better! I make $7.75 an hour which is barely enough to cover my bills and pay for my transportation.  I only want to be treated as though I am not just a replaceable employee whose life means nothing. “

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Union Leaders Screen Candidates For Judge

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All politics is local, and even smaller elections matter to working families.  Union leaders from across Middle Tennessee are actively screening candidates in upcoming judges elections, and in the process of making Endorsements. Look for CLC endorsed candidates when you go to the polls. 

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