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The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) strives to improve the lives of people who work.  Created in 1955 by the merger of the AFL and the CIO, the body is a democratic, voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions that represents 12.2 million working people. In addition, the AFL-CIO has partnerships with groups of people whose work usually does not have the protection of many labor laws and who often are mistreated on the job, including taxi workers, housekeepers, in-home caretakers, and many others (Source: AFLCIO.org).

The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council is a federation that represents approximately 37 international unions, 273 different local unions and affiliations with a membership of over 60,000 Tennesseans.  The council serves as an umbrella group that includes many unions in the area.  They are the heart of the movement, partnering with state and community organizations and conducting state, local, and national campaigns to improve life for working families.

The federation focuses on offering a voice in state legislative lobbying, economic policy, and elections, as well as county or city lobbying, county or city elections, county or city zoning, and more local needs.  The organization serves as a legislative agent—lobbying for workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, child labor laws, and the minimum wage to encourage a greater quality of life for the working families of Tennessee.

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To learn more about the Cooperative Agreement of Labor and Management (CALM), click here. CALM is a product of the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council, which partners with employers to “develop and maintain skill-of-crafts.”

If you’re looking for a job or apprenticeship in the Memphis area, click here for a list of contacts and resources.

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Click here for a list of union printers in Tennessee.

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Knoxville Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council Meeting

April 7, 2020
Laborers' Local 818

Nashville Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council Meeting

April 8, 2020
IBEW Local 429

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