Garrett Stark

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. 


published CONTACT US in ABOUT US 2014-03-06 17:08:50 -0600

Contact Us


Vonda McDaniel:

Phone / Voice mail

(615) 490-0453

Mailing Address

Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee:

PO BOX 290153,

Nashville TN, 37229-0153

published CLC LEADERSHIP in ABOUT US 2014-03-05 09:05:48 -0600



Vonda joined the United Rubber Workers (URW) in 1992 at the Bridgestone-Firestone Lavergne Plant, where she has worked for the last 26 years. Shortly after joining the Union, she became a Shop Steward which began her Union journey. In 1995, URW merged with the United Steelworkers (USW), opening up new opportunities for her as a young activist. Vonda was trained in the USW’s Women of Steel initiative, which equipped her with vital tools to become a leader in her Union and community. She went on to become a trainer in the program herself. After 10 years as a local Union Pension and Insurance Representative, Vonda was elected President of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in 2013.

Growing up in Nashville, Vonda’s activism continues to be shaped by the influence of the church she grew up in. First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill was an early center of student organizing during the civil rights movement. There she learned how ordinary people can make extraordinary change.  

In this moment when the sanitation strikes of TN workers are being re-examined, Vonda understands that intention collaboration at the intersections of labor, civil rights, faith and student activism can bring us closer to the promise of equality for all and build real power for transformative change.

Vonda is a graduate of TN State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, A. Philip Randolph Institute Nashville Chapter, and CBTU. She was recently appointed to the TN State Workforce Investment Board and serves as Vice-Chair of Board for the Music City Center. Vonda is a Co-Chair of the State Fed/CLC Advisory Committee.  In October 2017, she was elected as a Vice- President to the national AFL-CIO Executive Council.


2019-2020 Executive Board


Vonda McDaniel


OPEIU Local 182/USW 1055

Jose Zuniga

1st Vice President

CWA Local 3808

Benny Overton

2nd Vice President

UAW Local 737

Eric Coons

3rd Vice President

UA Local 572

Ethan Link


LIUNA Local 386

Erick Huth



Mark Poole

Sergeant at Arms

IBEW 429

Mike Worrell

At Large 

IAM Local 735

Honey Russell

At Large

SEIU Local 205

Rick Parks

At Large

IAFF 140

James Shaw

At Large

A. Phillip Randolph Institute

Dick Blin

At Large

 Jobs With Justice

Ralph Beard


OPEIU Local 277

Garrett Stark     


Ironworkers' Local 846

Kim Sansom


IBEW Local 429


published There Is Dignity in ALL Labor! - CLC @ MLK Day in NEWS 2014-02-27 09:59:16 -0600

There Is Dignity in ALL Labor! - CLC @ MLK Day



Nashville, TN – This year’s march to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began as workers from across middle Tennessee joined faith leaders and labor organizers to call attention to the growing gap between the struggling and the wealthy.  Workers like Aaliyah Morris, who works for $7.35 an hour, have full time jobs but still must rely on food stamps to feed their families called on employers and elected officials to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by recommitting to shared prosperity and the rights of workers.

“These workers are demanding the dignity that Dr. King saw in all labor,” said Vonda McDaniel, president of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. “People of faith, young organizers, and worker centers are bringing new life to the struggle for civil rights and worker rights in Tennessee.”

In 2013, several organizing campaigns across different industries began bringing workers issues into the public eye.  In 2014, organizers predict, these will bear fruit in the form of unionized work places, wages recovered from theft by employers, and local union apprentices working on large public projects.

“Anywhere you look on the Nashville skyline you see cranes, but local workers are not truly sharing in this prosperity,” said LiUNA organizer Ashford Hughes, “To close the wage gap, we must close the skills gap by hiring locally trained workers on these projects, and ending wage theft by temp services.”

UAW civil rights representative Tom Savage was present to support workers at Nissan’s Smyrna plant: ““Martin Luther King gave his life while supporting the right of workers to organize a union. For Nissan workers, Dr. King’s struggle continues today.”

With that, the celebration of the federal holiday honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his 85th birthday began with hundreds of workers marching from Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church.