TITAN/CHIEFS Football and Unions

Battle on the Gridiron

 

Working families in Nashville and Kansas City have a question to settle this weekend.  We will see who plays the best football. Pat Dujakovich, President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, and I are throwing down with a little friendly wager that will go to the winner's favorite charity.  The battle on the gridiron question will ultimately be decided on Sunday afternoon. 

 

There are lots of discussions going on this week about whether the ground game of the Tennessee Titans can lead to an upset victory of the favored Kansas City Chiefs.  We know that the Chiefs lead the series 29-24-0. Do the Titans have another Music City Miracle to pull out of their bag of tricks in their 3rd week on the road? In this high stakes game that has both cities preparing for an exciting weekend of trash talking, football championships and block parties among other things, there is a subject that has not come up. What are the workers winning and what can be done to make things better for them after the AFC championship game is concluded?

 

Preparations are underway for Titans viewing party, Nashville style.  Nowhere do they have block parties like they do in Music City. They close downtown streets with all the best honky tonks, put up huge screens, bring in food trucks and beer stands...it is sensory overload for football fans and even if you aren’t, it is one hell of a party.

 

Meanwhile, this week a new report by Metro Nashville Social Services says that Nashville is breaking national records.  The city ranks ninth in the country for students living in poverty in comparison to other districts. Further, the report states that half the city’s workforce makes less than $35,000 a year.  The report shows that working class families are starting to leave.

 

In Kansas City, the Chiefs fever is running high as a local news source says.  “Local businesses are benefiting from the chiefs playoff success”.  

 

Workers in Kansas City got a shot in the arm when the clock struck midnight to ring in the New Year.  Minimum wage workers in the state got an 85 cent raise as the lowest hourly rate went from $8.60 to $9.45.  In 2018, MO workers were able to rally and defeat Right to Work measure on the ballot by a two to one margin.  Workers are winning in the more important contest in MO.

 

As the leaders of the respective Labor Councils in this weeks AFC matchup, we have raised the stakes and will be tuned in this Sunday cheering for our respective teams on the gridiron... but we both believe that Unions can improve the lives of the working families that support the game and the communities in which they live.

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Next Apprenticeship Readiness Program Starts January 27!

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Music City Construction Careers is excited to announce the next Apprenticeship Readiness Program will take place from January 27 to February 7. This training is geared toward helping people of color, women, young people & transitioning veterans get good-paying union jobs with benefits and accepted into federally registered NABTU Apprenticeship Programs. We will hold info sessions for people interested in applying on January 7 and January 13. Interviews will be held January 21 and January 22. Click HERE to download the application. Completed applications can be mailed to Music City Construction Careers, PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN. Questions? Contact us at careers@musiccitymc3.org or 615-212-8546.

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Nov. 21: Bargaining for the Common Good with Arlene Inouye of United Teachers Los Angeles

CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT!

Please join us for a very special evening with President Vonda McDaniel of the Central Labor Council in conversation with Arlene Inouye, Secretary of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) & lead negotiator during their recent historic strike.

This important and timely discussion will explore UTLA's whole worker organizing & Bargaining for the Common Good model. They will also delve into how UTLA is taking the worksite & community power it built during the strike to move its ambitious New Deal for Public Schools platform. All the while drawing out lessons for Nashville.

You won't want to miss it!

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#SolidaritySunday-- Supper on the Strike Line

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#SolidaritySunday-- Show your solidarity with UAW Local 1853 members on strike against General Motors in Spring Hill!

THIS SUNDAY, October 13, the Central Labor Council and labor supporters far and wide are cooking up Sunday Supper on the Strike line. We'll have a fish fry with all the fixings for workers on the picket line and stand with our union brothers and sisters as they enter their fourth week on strike. ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO JOIN, we're also collecting donations of snacks and gatorade (they have plenty of water right now). Drop off donations during regular business hours to the CLC or TN AFL-CIO office, 1901 Lindell Ave. in Nashville, or take directly to the strike line!


2pm-- Carpool from Nashville-- Meet at the Central Labor Council/ TN AFL-CIO Office, 1901 Lindell Ave.
3pm-- Meet us at the Spring Hill UAW Hall-- 125 Stephen P Yokich Pkwy, Spring Hill, TN 37174

Please share widely! Download the flyer here.

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Labor Day Parade and Celebration Logistics

Here are some important updates about Saturday's Labor Day Parade and Celebration. Please share this information with your members and other participants.
1) Parking
We have secured free parking for attendees of the parade and celebration in Parking Lot R of Nissan Stadium until 1pm. When you arrive, look for volunteers at the gate who will give you a placard to display in your window. Vehicles left after 1pm could possibly be subject to tow. 
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2) Parade Lineup & Route
Once you park, please utilize the Pedestrian Bridge to the Parade Lineup to access parade lineup spot on 1st Ave. under the Pedestrian Bridge. Floats can utilize Korean Vets Bridge to get to Parade Lineup on 1st Ave.  
Lineup starts at 8am. Parade kicks off at 9am.
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3) Celebration
After the parade ends at 3rd Ave, pedestrians will utilize the Pedestrian Bridge to return to Cumberland Park, the location of our celebration. Vehicles/floats can utilize Woodland St. Bridge to return and park in Parking Lot R for the duration of the event. 
Make sure that you and your contingent sign in at the Central Labor Council booth to receive a free Labor Day Tshirt and Raffle Ticket. 
4) Booth Space
Booth space is available for sponsors at Cumberland Park. Please plan to bring your own table, chairs, and pop-up tent. 
5) Raffle 
We have several great raffle prizes, including a Union Tshirt Quilt, items from the Union Sportsmen Alliance, Gift Cards, and prizes from local businesses. Sign in at the Central Labor Council to get raffle ticket and free Labor Day tshirt. 
6) Food
Free food will be available to attendees! We'll have traditional cookout fare, and Maggie Moos will have an ice cream truck. 
7) Music, Fun, Games
Bands, cornhole, bouncy house will all be located in Cumberland Park! This is a family-friendly event. Please bring your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. 
Don't hesitate to reach out to Anne Barnett (anne@nashvilleclc.org/ 865-206-6086) if you have questions. We're looking forward to celebrating our great legacy and power as union members and working families as we celebrate this Labor Day weekend. 
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CWA Strike Solidarity Info

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At midnight on Saturday, August 24, 20,000+ CWA members across the South went out on the first AT&T strike the region has seen in 36 years. According to their press release, "CWA has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against AT&T for not bargaining in good faith and not sending representatives to the bargaining table with the authority to make decisions...The strike will involve over 20,000 technicians, customer service representatives and others who install, maintain and support AT&T’s residential and business wireline telecommunications network in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee." Read the entire press release here

Union members in Middle Tennessee have been working without a contract for two weeks, and are fed up. Supporters are encouraged to join the following picket lines across Middle Tennessee:

(If you attend, post a picture and tag CWA Local 3808, the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN, and use the hashtags #solidarity and #1u)

In Nashville
333 Commerce St (The Batman Building), 7am to 8pm
1119 Appleton Dr, 7am-5pm
6405 Centennial Blvd, 7am-5pm
4060 Lloyd Dr, 7am-5pm
5841 Nolensville Rd, 7am-5pm

Murfreesboro 
251 Butler Dr, 7am-5pm
116 S Cannon's Ave, 7am-5pm
1209 Park Ave, 7am-5pm

Brentwood 
402 Franklin Rd, 24/7

Franklin 
500 Liberty Pike, 7am-5pm

Dickson 
1002 highway 70 W, 7am-5pm

Clarksville 
1820 Ashland City Rd, 7am-5pm

Gallatin
440 N Belvedere Dr, 7am-5pm

Portland 
101 Wheeler St, 7am-5pm

As always, we will continue to keep you up to date with additional rallies or actions that supporters can partake in.  

 

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7th Annual Labor Day Parade & Celebration

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Join us at the 7th Annual Labor Day Parade and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9am - 1pm to celebrate the rich history of labor and the power of workers with a parade at 9am (lineup begins at 8am) followed by a picnic celebration with music, games, food, raffles, fellowship, and fun!

Download the flyer here and the sponsorship sheet here

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the Parade & Celebration, check out our sponsorship packages below. You can send sponsorship checks to the Central Labor Council at PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN 37229 or purchase sponsorships online here.

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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

President

Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN

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Join Organizers From Across TN For 2019 Rabble Rousers University!

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SIGN UP TODAY!
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 mcallahankapoor@nashvilleclc.org

SIGN UP HERE

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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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

 

Details

  • 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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Support Letter for Director of MNPS

Sent to MNPS School Board Members via email on 3/19/2019

 

Members of the School Board,

I’m writing to express support for renewing the contract of Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Metro Schools on behalf of the over 20,000 union members and their families that belong to the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Dr. Joseph has restored a productive working relationship with unions that represent MNPS employees.

Too many people in Nashville seem to have forgotten what conditions were like under the previous director of Metro Schools. Labor relations between teachers, support staff, bus drivers  and the administration were extremely contentious. Dr. Register refused to negotiate memorandums of understanding with support staff, he dismantled policies that were good for labor and management, and he outsourced 700 good custodial jobs, disrupting the lives of families across the district.

The morale in Metro Schools has been a topic of recent news coverage, as it should be. However, to suggest that the morale in Metro Schools is solely at the feet of the Director ignores the chronic underfunding of system and the impact of systemic poverty in our city. The State of Tennessee funding formula gives Davidson County one of lowest allotments per student in the entire state. Despite the economic boom, our city did not fund the Metro Schools budget request last year, leaving teachers and employees with no raises or cost of living adjustments. 72% of Metro School children are affected by some level of poverty.

Dr. Joseph inherited a school system with immense challenges and we believe he is doing his best to address them, but he can only be as effective as the resources he is given.

He has taken concrete steps to repair the relationship between the administration and employees, and he respects the rights of employees to have a voice in the workplace. The members of the Central Labor Council believe he should have the opportunity to continue to implement his vision for the district, and we will continue to advocate for the funding the district desperately needs.

 

Sincerely,

Vonda McDaniel

President

Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN, AFL-CIO

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The Playbook: Fighting for Worker Safety On & Off the Field

This year Nashville welcomes the NFL draft. To kickoff this weekend, the CLC is hosting an exciting fundraiser luncheon on April 25th at the Music City Center at noon. The featured speaker is DeMaurice Smith ESQ, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association. This is a rare opportunity to hear from a high-profile employee representative about the safety and health work that his Union has done.

Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased here or by mail at PO Box 290153, Nashville, TN, 37229.

Sponsorship Packages:

Hall of Famer $5,000: includes a table of ten with prime seating, VIP parking, full-page ad in program, listing on event signage, and recognition at the event and online.

MVP $3,000: includes five tickets with premium seating, half-page ad in program, and recognition at the event and online.

Team Captain $1,000: includes 2 tickets with preferred seating, quarter-page ad, and ecognition at the event.

Tickets $100: includes lunch. 

Download flyer here.

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UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry's MLK Breakfast Keynote Address

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Photo Credit: Walter Jones

Labor Breakfast – January 18, 2019

Good morning members of the Interdenominational Ministries Fellowship, Community Leaders, and to my sisters and brothers of Labor.

It is an exciting day for a young man born in 1965 to be here today to talk about “Beyond the March, a life of action.” One who walked the bridges of Selma, Alabama, sat in the Jackson, Mississippi office of Medgar Evers, enjoyed an hour of conversation with Congressman John Lewis in his DC Office, and I even enjoyed meeting living members of AFSCME from 1963.

Many of us have read the history, seen the historical footage, and enjoyed the speaking engagements of the warrior of civil rights.

We know about many efforts, but do we know about Dr. King’s vision and relationship with labor? A highlight of his life is his defense and march with members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) and their efforts in Memphis, Tennessee prior to his death by assassination!

Do you know of his relationship with A. Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters who actually planned the March on Washington along with Bayard Rustin?

Do you know of United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther and his relationship with Dr. King? Two men with similar visions:

⎯ Economic justice for working men and women
⎯ All men and women regardless of color should be treated equally in the
world and workplace
⎯ The right to organize a union
⎯ The right of integration in the workplace when it was unpopular with other union shops. Remember before there was an AFL-CIO, there was just an AFL and a separate CIO. That separation was always a problem for Dr. King and President Reuther who did not always agree in principle with AFL-CIO President George Meany.

As you entered today, you received two handouts with three pictures:

1) reflects the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
2) reflects Walk to Freedom as most came to know as the practice March on
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During the Michigan trip and national events, the relationship with Dr. King and President Reuther grew. It was Reuther that was one of only a few labor leaders at the side of Dr. King for the Marches of Detroit, DC and even the March for the funeral services for Reverend James Reeb. As most know, he was the minister that was killed for his support of African Americans’ right to vote following the first attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reuther even provided the cash bond for Dr. King’s release from a Birmingham jail. Additionally, Dr. King was provided office space at the UAW’s Solidarity House (headquarters) in Detroit where he drafted the I Have a Dream Speech while preparing for the Walk of Freedom March.

Those are examples of a life of civil rights legacy and labor!

The visions of marches and historical legacy are clear reminders of the past, but I question you – who continues the work?

1963 – Dr. King said, “There are more negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls.” It has taken Amendment 4 – Voter Restoration in Florida – 55+ years to begin to reverse that issue.

We have watched years of the past where poll taxes and the ability to read and write block efforts to vote only today to allow candidates to be elected because we failed to vote by early voting, absentee, or on Election Day because we failed to take the time.

This quote should make many here think today.

President Johnson’s high spirits were marked as he circulated among the many guests who he had invited to witness an event he confidently felt to be historic – the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “The bill lay on the polished mahogany desk was born in violence in Selma, Alabama where a stubborn sheriff. . .had stumbled against the future.”

A quote from 1965 that still resonates in 2019 with those who still teach and practice hate and division. We still have those Selma sheriffs. They are beside us in our workplace, communities, and more places only to impede the dream.

Though we have become experts in technology of computers, iPhones, Facetime and more, have we utilized those opportunities to advance the dream and the March or is it just history?

55 years ago, can you imagine Dr. King, Rev. Abernathy, and Andrew Young facetiming Rosa Parks and others in Montgomery about the bus boycott and reaching others about steps to sit-in at Woolworth counters in Nashville,Tennessee or Greensboro, North Carolina? An actual text of the exact time to take action and not risk an exchange for others to detect it by paper copies.

⎯ No. We fail to use technology and social media to advance messages of purpose, often tweeting, texting and Facebook sharing issues of hate, bullying and obscenities
⎯ We need to be stronger advocates for fairness
⎯ We need to be stronger voices for injustices to working men and women as those of the 2% control the cities and states of this country

Be that voice in an empty City Council or a voice for fair education and funding at a school board meeting or PTA.

If young children and teenagers only understand the March and Dream through history books and not the actions of their community leaders, do we advance 50+ years later? Or do you watch as history passes us by, and we fight to defend laws and bills already passed and signed into law?

I call on all of us today to select a goal or issue to advance the March by real action.

⎯ Be proud to be clergy
⎯ Be proud to be labor union members
⎯ Be proud to be a community activist

In all, do not just wear a label! Raise awareness by taking action in your church, your workplace, another’s workplace, community, city and state.

Volunteers were not paid in the past. Always remember “the ultimate measure of a man or woman is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I say in 2019, we are facing that same thing.

Dr. King was jailed, faced Bull Connor’s water hoses and dogs, marched in heat and paid the ultimate price of losing his life to an assassin’s bullet by defending working men and women as he had returned to support striking sanitation workers.

On this weekend and every day, what will our steps and actions be to build a better community and better nation? What will we sacrifice for family, community, or for a future legacy?

A message to think about and a message to remember. He gave the ultimate price, the ultimate sacrifice and for some of us, we cannot even make an effort to volunteer.

I leave you with this message of hope, a message of next steps, a message of what’s owed to another generation. A message that we too have an obligation to lead another march and effort. “The March of 1963 is all but history; the March and Efforts of 2019 are yet to begin and you hold that individual vision.”

Thank you.

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Welcome New Affiliates RWDSU & BMWED!

We are pleased to announce that our Central Labor Council is continuing to grow! This month, we welcomed new affiliates Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 150 and Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way (BMWED) Lodge 670 into our Council. #UnionStrong #1u 

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RWDSU Local 150 represents over 200 members at the US Smokeless Tobacco Co in Nashville, TN. 

 

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BMWED Lodge 670 represents nearly 100 members who perform track maintenance for CSX railroad. 

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Central Labor Council endorses Union Member Delishia Porterfield in Metro District 29 Race

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, comprised of 23 local affiliate labor unions, has announced its endorsement of Delishia Porterfield in the Metro Council District 29 special election. Ms. Porterfield is currently a Special Education Coach for Metro Nashville Public Schools and a member of the Metro Nashville Education Association, a union representing Nashville’s teachers and one of the most recent new affiliates to the Central Labor Council.Delishia.jpg

“The CLC supports Delishia not simply because she shares our values,” said Vonda McDaniel, president of the Central Labor Council. “We support her for Metro Council District 29 because as a community activist, teacher and parent she shares our lived experience. She will fight for public safety and public employees, strong schools and infrastructure improvements. We believe she is a needed voice at this time in our city.”

For more information, contact Vonda McDaniel at president@nashvilleclc.org.

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Labor Runs Unprecedented Electoral Program Across TN

The TN State AFL-CIO and its five Central Labor Councils, the local bodies of the AFL-CIO, ran a robust coordinated electoral program in every part of our state this year, the largest labor electoral program in recent memory. This effort aimed to educate union members and their families about labor-endorsed candidates and to encourage them to vote.

issues-matter.pngOver the past two months, union member volunteers and paid canvassers have made over 28,000 phone calls and knocked on almost 22,000 doors. They also utilized social media, mailings, text messages, distributing flyers at worksites, candidate forums, and GOTV events to reach union voters.

“I can’t remember the last time we had this much excitement and activity around the elections,” reflected June Rostan, retiree from the AFL-CIO, and volunteer with the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Central Labor Council. “We’ve had so many candidates who were excited about gaining Labor’s endorsement, because they knew we would work to educate our members about where they stand on issues important to working families, such as Medicaid expansion, public education, wages, and collective bargaining.”

“Union members know that we are strong in the workplace, but after door knocking and calling thousands of other union members, we’re seeing that we have so much potential political power, too, and we’re working to turn that potential into a reality,” said Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Campaigns Coordinator of the AFL-CIO of Memphis.

“No matter what the outcome of the election, union members have built a strong member to member program that will continue to build power for working families long after this election cycle is over,” said Vonda McDaniel, President of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN, and coordinator of the TN Labor 2018 Electoral Program.

 

      

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Labor Endorsed Candidates

Early Voting starts today, Oct 17! Not sure who to vote for? Check out these Labor Endorsed Candidates. The Central Labor Councils and the TN AFL-CIO have endorsed these candidates after an extensive screening process and believe they are the best candidates for working families in Middle TN. 

 

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Come to our Working People's Town Hall October 25, 5-7pm to educate these candidates on what issues are important to you and here from them about their priorities! 

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Welcome New Affiliates: MNEA!

Last night we had the pleasure of welcoming our newest affiliate the Metro Nashville Education Association! We are so happy to have union teachers join our Council. We have been so inspired to see teachers standing up and exercising collective power all over the country, and we know that we are a stronger labor movement when we join together. 

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One Stop Shop for Labor 2018

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Get Out The Labor Vote

The CLC is running regular phone banks in support of pro-union candidates leading up to the November 6 election. See thePhone_Bank_2018.JPG schedule and sign up HERE. Or better yet, get your Local to cover a whole shift like CWA 3808 is doing! The union that makes the most calls will be crowned champions at our November meeting & have bragging rights as the most politically active Local in Middle Tennessee.

CLC's "I'm Union, I Vote" Election Brochure

The CLC has put together a sharp brochure with key election dates, voter registration, & Labor-endorsed candidates. Click HERE to download the brochure or contact our office to get hard copies.

Key Election Dates

  • October 9th is the last day to register to vote
  • Early voting is from October 17 to November 1
  • October 30 is deadline for receiving an application from a vote-by-mail ballot
  • November 6 is election day

Are You Registered To Vote?

A lot of people have been removed from the Tennessee's electoral rolls. You can make sure that you're registered properly HERE.

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Thanks to Jeffrey Lichtenstein of the Memphis CLC there is now a website that makes voting easy for Tennessee union members! Check it out HERE.

Clarksville Early #UnionVoter Party

Join union members for food, music, fun, and voting on October 18 from 4:30-6 pm! Facebook event HERE.

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The CLC will hold a town hall for union members and workers to engage candidates on the issues, values, and priorities that matter to us. The event will take place on October 25. We'll let you know the location and time soon!

Union Made Political Campaign Materials

We encourage every candidate running for office who values working people to use union printers and union production companies for your campaign PR & marketing needs. Union Printers can be found HERE and Union Production Companies can be found HERE.

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6th Annual Labor Day Parade & Celebration

The Central Labor Council, TN AFL-CIO, Nashville Building Trades Council, and Middle TN Jobs with Justice are pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual Labor Day Parade & Celebration, Saturday, September 1 at Cumberland Park, 592 1st St., Nashville!

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Join with working families from across the state to celebrate the contributions of our labor and our collective power! 

The parade will kick off at 10 am followed by a celebration with music, a cornhole tournament, food (free!), and a splash pad for kids. Plan on bringing the whole family! Facebook event here. Download the flyer here. 

Click here for sponsorship opportunities!

 

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Metro Nashville School Board Endorsements

The CLC is proud to announce the endorsement of Metro Nashville and Davidson County School Board candidates Thomas “TC” Weber of District 2, Tyese Hunter of District 6, and Gini Pupo Walker of District 8. Candidates submitted questionnaires pertaining to their commitment to students, workers, and support staff as well as met with local union delegates to discuss the candidate's awareness and concern regarding our affiliates’ pressing issues. CLC is confident these school board candidates, once elected, will fulfill their commitment to prioritize the needs and well-being of Nashville students, workers, and the greater community.

Election day is August 2nd. Early voting runs July 13 - 28.

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“In the midst of financially tight budgets, working families need board members that will prioritize the needs of students, workers, and the community.” - Vonda McDaniel, CLC President

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Workers Compensation Information

This morning we had the pleasure of being trained on TN Workers Comp rights by Jeff Francis from the TN Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Many many workers, stewards, and even union reps don't know all of their rights under Workers Comp. Please familiarize yourselves with the following information (download here) to guarantee that injured workers receive all benefits entitled to them by law.

If you have any questions about Workers Compensation, feel free to visit https://www.tn.gov/workforce/injuries-at-work/ or contact Jeff Francis, 615-532-4812, b.jeff.francis@tn.gov. 

 

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Support A Strong Community Benefits Agreement On Soccer Stadium Development

Last night at our monthly meeting, the CLC voted unanimously to sign a letter of support for a Community Benefits Agreement, including good jobs, affordable housing, and community/cultural amenities, on the Soccer Stadium and the corresponding 10-acre development.

Stand Up Nashville, of which the CLC is a founding member, is currently in negotiations with the team owners to ensure this development is a good use of public resources and directly benefits our neighborhoods and city residents, especially those most vulnerable to displacement and un/underemployment.

We are calling on our affiliates and allies to sign on as organizational supporters too. Click HERE to see the letter and contact Michael Callahan-Kapoor at mcallahankapoor@nashvilleclc.org to add your organization's name.

Thank you for your solidarity!

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Welcome New Affiliates SEIU Local 205!

We are extremely happy to announce our newest affiliate SEIU Local 205! Delegates were sworn in at our last business meeting. 

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SEIU Local 205 represents MNPS School Support staff, employees at Nashville General Hospital, NES, MDHA, Metro General Government, Lincoln College (formerly the Auto Diesel School), and Vanderbilt Non-Tenure Track Faculty. This local's diversity and success in member mobilization will increase our Council's capacity and strength. 

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Central Labor Council Endorses Briley, Cummings in May 24 Primary

The CLC announces our endorsements in the May 24 Primary in Davidson County. We have endorsed Mayor Briley for Mayor and Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings for Metro Council District 1.

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More than 15 Local Unions sent delegates to review questionnaires submitted by the candidates on issues important to our affiliates and working people in Nashville and vote on endorsements. We are confident that these candidates, once elected, will make it their priority to work for working people. 

Early voting runs until May 19, and election day is May 24. 

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Welcome Rabble Rousers U Class of 2018

It is our pleasure to introduce the inaugural class of Rabble Rousers U! Over the next six months, these local union members will sharpen their organizing and leadership skills to become the next generation of leaders in the Labor Movement and in their communities. We have thirteen fantastic participants from eleven local unions. Stay tuned for updates and to watch these rising stars! 

 

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Hands Off Handy Workers!

Tennessee House Bill 1978 would strip the employment rights of house cleaners, handymen, and gig economy workers. The proposal sets up a new test that essentially defines all “marketplace platform” workers as independent contractors, relieving the companies from any accountability to workers. 

Handy, the tech corporation behind this bill, is pushing similar bills in 8 states, and we are taking a stand in Tennessee to say NO to this power play and stand up for workers.

SIGN PETITION HERE TO STOP THIS TERRIBLE BILL!

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Announcing endorsements for May 1 election

The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee would like to thank our affiliates IBEW 429, CWA 3808, ATU 1235, UAW 737, USW 9826, IATSE 46, Jobs with Justice, LiUNA 386, and OPEIU 277 for volunteering their time to screen and interview candidates and deliberate over endorsements. We had great discussions on the critical issues impacting our communities. The upcoming Metro Nashville County Primary and Transit Referendum election is May 1, 2018.  Early Voting period is April 11-25.

Our goal as we engage in this process is to provide our members the information necessary to exercise their full rights and responsibilities as citizens and to take their rightful place in the political life of our local, state and national communities. We encourage all affiliate leaders to share this candidate list with all of their members and impress upon them the importance of their vote.

Finally, we 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.

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