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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!

The AFL-CIO called on President Trump to resign or be removed from office “at once, whether through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” following the riots at the U.S. Capitol this week. The labor group’s general board released the statement Friday, saying it is not one America's labor movement makes lightly. “The deadly storming of the U.S.

The president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions, praised President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) for secretary of Labor, calling the mayor an “exceptional” choice. “Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be an exceptional Labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools.

Prominent union leaders of the AFL-CIO and United Auto Workers are publicly condemning President Donald Trump’s supporters for storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it “one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War.” 

Read the full article on CNBC.

The Labor Department on Wednesday released the final version of a rule that could classify millions of workers in industries like construction, cleaning and the gig economy as contractors rather than employees, another step under the Trump administration toward endorsing the business practices of companies like Uber and Lyft. Companies don’t have to pay contractors a minimum wage or overtime and don’t have to pay a share of contractors’ Social Security taxes or contribute to unemployment insurance on their behalf.

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.