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News from the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee.

John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

Last Friday, we had the honor of hosting former Atlanta Mayor/US Congressmember/UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.

With the November elections right around the corner, all eyes are on Nashville for the final Presidential debate. Join us as we march to Belmont University campus to make workers' voices heard! More details about meetup point and route to be announced soon. Check back here for updates!

We know many in our community are struggling with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their jobs, seen reductions in hours or are experiencing loss of income due to closed establishments or canceled events.

METRO CARES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The following agencies can work with individuals and families in Metro Nashville to provide the following assistance on a case-by-case basis, as funding allows: Rent/mortgage assistance, utility payment assistance.

Ready to vote this fall but worried about long lines and COVID issues at the polls? Join us and participate in #VoteEarlyTN, a nonpartisan initiative encouraging EVERYONE to get out and VOTE EARLY! We will have food, union goodies, and voting information for all who attend. 

Half a century after Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, labor advocates say the agency in charge of enforcing the landmark law is failing to protect American workers during the coronavirus pandemic. "We lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to health and safety on the job," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a conference call. "OSHA has been absent."

Read the full article in CBS News.

“The AFL-CIO is joining this lawsuit to force the Trump administration to do what it should have done months ago — protect American workers by dramatically increasing the supply of the PPE they need to work safely during this pandemic,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a news release. “The failure to do so is immoral and inexcusable, and we demand action now.

Read the full article in Mass Device.

If you or someone you know is struggling financially due to COVID-19, help is available through the United Way via Nashville CARES. This aid is available for anyone in Nashville who has experiened income loss, increase in water and electric service (due to children not being in school), or housing instability. Direct assistance is available for rent, mortgage, and utilities. Visit the Nashville COVID Response Fund's website or call 211 to learn more about eligibility and applications for these programs.

The GOP Trump administration’s massive job safety and health deregulation and its lack of enforcement have worsened the toll of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the AFL-CIO says. In a Zoom press conference on Death On The Job 2020, the federation’s 29th annual report on job safety and health, federation President Richard Trumka blamed GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump for that. He said Trump left “millions vulnerable to infection, and in far too many cases, death.”