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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.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has the support of the majority of likely voters, according to a new poll from Vox and Data for Progress.

The act, a sweeping labor rights bill, would strengthen unions through overriding Republican-led “right to work” state laws, which impede unions’ abilities by allowing workers to join without paying dues. It would also penalize companies that restrict union activity, and would bestow independent contractors — such as drivers for Uber and Lyft — with the right to organize and collectively bargain.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act seems unlikely to succeed in the Senate due to a lack of Republican support — but it has the support of the majority of likely voters, according to a new poll from Vox and Data for Pr

The core principle of organized labor in America has always been a commitment to fairness and opportunity for all working people — it’s why collective bargaining agreements have long included robust and durable protections that reflect a commitment not only to union members, but to the common good of all our communities and the people who live and work in them.

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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