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News from the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee.

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues its successful rollout out and in-person gatherings with our Union family are beginning to feel safer and sa
The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

Next week, the 10th annual Labor Research Action Network's virtual conference will be held, June 16th & 17th. The theme is "What did Workers Teach Us in 2020." Every spring, LRAN convenes a national conference open to all scholars and campaigners involved in promoting workers' collective power.

We are excited to announce that our next Music City Construction Careers Apprenticeship Readiness Class will be held from Monday, August 2, 2021 – Friday, August 13, 2021. Participants will be introduced to the Union building trades and trained in a variety of professional skills including job interviewing, workplace communication, construction math, basic tools, and blueprint reading.

Next Thursday at 11:30 we are excited to host our next Virtual Labor Luncheon. We hope you can join us as we gather for fellowship and to consider the opportunities for our labor movement.

Dear Union family, 

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues its successful rollout out and in-person gatherings with our Union family are beginning to feel safer and safer, we are so excited to announce that planning is underway for our 8TH ANNUAL LABOR DAY PARADE AND CELEBRATION, which will be held in person Saturday, September 4th! Further details for this celebration will be released soon! 

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Today’s energy infrastructure challenges are no less daunting. We must invest quickly and decisively to reduce emissions and stem climate change, and to improve our lagging competitiveness. New infrastructure must also deliver results on social equity, inequality, and systemic racism, 21st century crises whose solutions cannot be deferred.

In 2020, Union Plus was able to give more than $2 million in hardship help to union members, plus some end-of-year gifts for extraordinary union members who were nominated by their communities. One hardship grant recipient was Beau Bittner. Bittner, a member of the UAW, worked on the line at an automaker factory in Louisville, Kentucky, performing torque inspections and ensuring the quality of big-name trucks and SUVs. He comes from a long line of union members and is heavily involved in his UAW local union.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler visited Mine Workers (UMWA) members yesterday in Brookwood, Alabama, who are striking against Warrior Met Coal in their fight for a fair contract. In addition to visiting the picket lines, Shuler spoke at a rally alongside UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and AFGE President Everett Kelly. The miners have been on strike since April 1 and don’t plan on slowing down until they reach their goals of fair pay and a safer workplace.

The American Jobs Plan is not threatened by America’s labor movement. It is strengthened by us and the inclusion of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Let’s clarify a few points. First, the PRO Act will not “force Americans” into anything. Instead, it will give workers the choice to form a union through a free and fair election. That’s not a power grab—just workplace democracy.