President's Message

Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus and Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling issued the following statement on the passing of former, longtime Secretary-Treasurer Eddie Bryan.

"Tennessee’s labor movement lost a legend early this morning. Eddie was a larger-than-life figure who never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. It is truly impossible to not associate the fight for workers’ rights in our state with his name. No words can adequately describe how grateful we are for all of his contributions to our labor family throughout his remarkable life.

“The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.”

In the weeks leading up to Labor Day, I’ve found myself reflecting on this quote by Thomas Donahue, former secretary-treasurer and president of the AFL-CIO.

Working people across the country, including right here in the South, have been taking this sentence and transforming it into action throughout the past year.

With Labor Day weekend on the horizon, we are reminded of how fortunate we all are to count ourselves among the ranks of Tennessee's working people. In yet another year that has continued to test our membership like never before, we have persevered while showing the importance of our movement and the solidarity that comes with it. Throughout the South, many of our brothers and sisters have done the same.