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News from the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee.

Next Tuesday, the Town Hall event to launch the campaign for the "Get It Right Bill" in Nashville will be held at 6 pm virtually on Zoom.

There still time to register to join us Saturday, as Union and community members from TN caravan to Bessemer, AL to support one of the most important Union fights in recent memory!

Wow, what a year! In the face of incredible adversity, we came together like never before to fight for workers’ rights, build our movement, and show what true solidarity looks like. To take a moment to celebrate all the amazing things our movement has accomplished this year, we put together a short “highlight reel” of some of our favorite moments this year. Let’s build on these victories and happy memories, and keep fighting as we enter a new year with new opportunities!

Happy New Year Friends,

Just a quick note to share some important information.

This December, we organized a Holidary Solidarity Giveback, in which we distributed Kroger grocery cards to Union members and workers who have faced adverse circumstances this year such as layoffs, loss of hours, COVID-19 difficulties, or other hardships. Through this event, we were able to support our union brothers and sisters with over $9,000 of help this holiday season.

We are so appreciative to everyone who stepped up to make this event happen. Thank you for showing your solidarity when your union family needs it the most, and Happy Holidays to all!

This November, Music City Construction Careers’ Apprenticeship Readiness Program held its third class. Participants learned on the job skills, received an introduction to the building trades, became OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid Certified, and received training on important issues like discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace (among many other things!). We are so excited to support the members of this class as they graduate our program and begin their next steps into middle-class careers in the Union building trades.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said: “Instead of increasing lifesaving measures aimed at protecting working people at our workplaces, the Trump administration consistently rolled back existing safety and health rules and has failed to move forward on any new safety and health protections. We look forward to working with the new administration to strengthen job safety protections and enforcement; rebuild workplace safety agencies; and prevent worker deaths, injuries and disease.”

This past fall, Transport Workers Union (TWU) member Gregory Harasym began a master’s program in city and regional planning with a concentration in transportation. He intends to examine alternative transportation methods to address community-level health and social injustices; and he hopes to eventually be a specialist in this field, focusing on policy for the Department of Transportation. His career direction changed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which deeply impacted his community and left him passionate about helping communities become resilient to future disasters.

Transportation industry groups and unions were quick to applaud the selection of Pete Buttigieg as President-elect Joe Biden’s nomine

Tony Lein, a member of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 95 in Chicago, is among the 2020 Union Plus Scholarship award winners. He is a firefighter/paramedic and peer fitness trainer with the Oak Park [Illinois] Fire Department, where he has worked since 2015. He also teaches American Heart Association CPR classes with Save-A-Life. Lein was awarded a $4,000 scholarship as he pursues a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.