Remembering Former TN AFL-CIO President James Neeley
The entire Tennessee labor movement is deeply saddened by the passing of James Neeley. For decades, he was a powerful voice for working people in our state. As president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council for over 20 years, Neeley left a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten. It is impossible to put into words how truly grateful we are for all of his contributions to our brothers and sisters during the time that he spent leading the Council. Neeley also served as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development under both Governor Ray Blanton and Governor Phil Bredesen, a role that ensured labor always had a strong presence in state government during his service. Along with all members of our labor family, we send our most heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Rachel, and his family. His passing leaves a void that will never truly be filled.