CLC Statement on Metro Budget Decision


June 19, 2019

To whom it may concern:

We are deeply disappointed in the decision made at last night’s Metro Council meeting to accept an austerity privatization budget put forth by Mayor Briley over a substitute budget that funded schools, transportation, community centers, raises and step increases for metro employees and teachers.

While this vote is hard to accept,  we are particularly disappointed in the six Metro Council members who, during their private screenings with our affiliate unions, lied to our members’ faces about their intentions to support Nashville’s working families, both Metro employees and our city’s working class who depend on public services such as transportation. Candidates who say one thing to a group of constituents during campaigning, but act in the opposite way when in the Council chambers will not be tolerated. After last night’s vote, we have no choice but to reconsider these six endorsements. Council members who are unable or unwilling to do the right thing when difficult decisions arise do not earn our confidence and will not be supported by our Central Labor Council.

As we move into election season, we are committed to running a robust electoral program to get true champions of working families elected to Metro office, those who have the courage to both talk the talk and walk the walk.

For working families,

Vonda McDaniel


Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN

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Join Organizers From Across TN For 2019 Rabble Rousers University!


Rabble Rousers University 
Tennessee Labor Organizer Training this Summer! 

Are you or one of your members interested in 1) getting some in depth organizing & political training and 2) a chance to meet with other union members from across Tennessee? Sign up for Rabble Rousers University June 28-30th!

If you have any questions, please email or call Michael at


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Endorsements for 2019 Metro Nashville Elections

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee represents thousands of union members from the industrial, commercial, service, construction, and public sectors. For the past month, we have been collecting questionnaires and interviewing candidates in every Metro Nashville district and race. Following this thorough screening process, our diverse affiliates agree that the following candidates are the best candidates for working families in Davidson County.

With nearly 10,000 union members and their families residing in Metro Nashville, the Central Labor Council is committed to educate our members and get out the vote to win these seats for labor endorsed candidates.

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities, including phone banking, door knocking, and postcard writing!


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CLC Announces Early Endorsements For Upcoming Metro Elections

Yesterday, the Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN, AFL-CIO embarked on its 2019 Municipal Election endorsement process.  An initial round of early endorsements was voted on by delegates for candidates that have championed pro-worker values and will campaign on issues that improve the lives of working families.  We support candidates who embrace our fight to secure economic justice and lifelong dignity for all working people.

Our endorsement process will include a Worker’s Town Hall on May 1 to provide candidates with an understanding of the diversity of worker concerns represented by CLC affiliates.  Completing a questionnaire that reflects a compilation of working families priorities and a screening process where candidates have the opportunity to engage in q/a with worker representatives on a variety of subjects.

In advance of that process, we are happy to announce the endorsement of a limited list of incumbents that have demonstrated commitment to working families at a time where our city seems to not always prioritize their interest.


Bob Mendes        At Large

Sharon Hurt        At Large

Brett Withers        District 6

Ed Kindall        District 21

Kathleen Murphy    District 24

Antionette Lee        District 33

Delisha Porterfield    District 29


In addition, Gary Moore former State Representative District 50 and President of the TN AFL-CIO was endorsed as an at-large candidate.

A special endorsement meeting will be held on May 23, 2019.  All other endorsements will be affirmed at that time.

The Central Labor Council of Nashville/Middle TN AFL-CIO represents more than 20,000 working families represented by more than 40 affiliated local unions and community organizations. We are united for dignity, respect, and fairness on the job and in our community.

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Apply to be an Organizing Apprentice with UCW!

United Campus Workers, CWA Local 3865, is seeking applications to host an organizing apprentice to begin work in Fall 2019. UCW is partnering with WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership), an initiative to train a new generation of women’s labor leadership, and the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN. UCW is looking to increase support for our organizing at Tennessee State University, Tennessee’s only public HBCU, which faces a legacy of racism and discriminatory funding by the state, and where members are also deeply affected by issues in Nashville like gentrification, affordable housing, and the arrival of Amazon.


  • Organizing: Identifying, recruiting and building relationships with new members.
  • Mobilizing: Working in partnership with the Central Labor Council of Middle TN to activate members around CLC campaigns.

  • Leadership Development: Develop member leadership and involvement in the union, recruit members to attend the CLC’s organizing training.

  • Staff administration and support



  • The position would begin in early September 2019 and last a minimum of 3 months with the option to extend to 6 months. Campus workers are especially encouraged to apply. (Note: we are willing to design the work to be either full-time or part-time depending on the applicant!)
  • Apprentices are paid $15 an hour.

  • Apprentices participate in a formal mentorship program, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization, and will attend an expenses-paid WILL Empower training and gathering in Washington, DC.

  • We are looking for someone who has both experience and interest in organizing, or campus workers who haven’t had the opportunity to devote time to organizing but are very interested. You should have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, and a willingness to learn the political and legal climate in Tennessee. We need someone who works well individually and in a team, can think on their toes, and can be all hands on deck when the time requires. Familiarity with HBCUs is preferred.

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