President’s Message

COVID-19 Resources & Information

As we will continue to share weekly for the foreseeable future, below are additional resources (some have been updated or are repeats) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, we encourage you to look through all of these and share them within your own networks. Simply click on the link’s title for more details. We know that you’ll continue to see a great deal of this information repeatedly for at least the next month, but many of these are long-term resources that can be referenced even after we eventually resume our daily routines.

Please let us know if there are any other resources that we should include in our next update. We are only one organization, so there are likely links and other information that we might have missed! In the midst of so much uncertainty, we hope that this information is helpful in providing some guidance and clarity to our brothers and sisters throughout the state.


COVID-19 Unemployment for Employees
This link provides a step-by-step description of how to file for unemployment benefits through the Jobs4TN app.

United Way of Greater Knoxville COVID-19 Response
To contribute directly to the response fund, please click on the link above. All funds will go to local non-profits providing essential services for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. If you’d like to volunteer or donate food/supplies, please click here.


When the Paycheck Stops: An AFL-CIO Survival Guide to Unemployment
This document from the national AFL-CIO includes tips on managing your finances, looking for a new job, and much more

Union Plus COVID-19 Updates
Union Plus has compiled a list of programs that include credit counseling, personal loans, hardship assistance, and more.

Labor Movement Relief Funds
A number of unions, guilds and affiliated non-profits have established relief funds for workers devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your donation to any of the funds listed within the link will go directly to support workers.

Metro Nashville Public Schools Student Meal Delivery
With schools throughout the state now scheduled to be closed through April 24th, Metro Nashville Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to children in the district. This information (pickup locations, etc.) will be updated frequently. If other school districts throughout the state are offering similar programs, please let us know so that we can include those links as well.

Lost a job because of COVID-19? Here’s how to get unemployment benefits
There are additional links within this article that will allow you to apply directly for unemployment insurance benefits with the Tennessee Department of Labor. This is a breakdown of frequently asked questions and other helpful information. If you lost your job as a result of the March 3rd tornado, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits from the federal government.

United Way of Greater Nashville COVID-19 Response
This is a joint effort from Mayor John Cooper’s office and the United Way of Greater Nashville to assist workers whose income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. SEIU Local 205 President and TN AFL-CIO Executive Board member Brad Rayson is on the advisory committee.

EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND: Support Chattanooga Event Workers Impacted By COVID-19 Closures
Organized by the Chattanooga Area Central Labor Council, this link allows you to make a donation to our brothers and sisters with AFM Local 80 and IATSE Local 140 in the Scenic City who have lost work as a result of COVID-19. The CALC will use the funds to provide pre-paid grocery gift cards so that impacted workers can focus on securing rent, utilities and other financial needs.

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