President's Message

Ahead of the state's official withdrawal from federal pandemic unemployment programs on Saturday, July 3, Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement.

Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus and Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling released the following statement on the introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement in response to Tuesday's election results.

"With Election Day in the rearview mirror, the remaining task at hand is for local election administrators to ensure that every vote is counted. With several important battleground states still in the process of doing this, we are reminded of the need to exercise patience with the process and trust in our system. The will of the people will ultimately prevail.

With Labor Day just around the corner, we are reminded of what an exciting time it is to be members of Tennessee's labor movement. Thanks to the collective solidarity of all of our brothers and sisters across the state, working families are prepared to head into election season stronger than ever before. Whether at the state or local level and with the help of our Central Labor Councils, our members are engaged, motivated, and fired up to work to elect labor-endorsed candidates to office this fall.

On Thursday, August 13th, the members of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Excutive Board and COPE Committee voted to endorse the following candidates ahead of the November 3rd General Election. Candidates whose names are in boldface are new additions to the list after the Primary Election. We believe that these candidates will best represent Tennessee's working families, both at the state Capitol in Nashville and in Washington. 

U.S. Senate: Marquita Bradshaw

U.S. House of Representatives, District 2: Renee Hoyos 

TN AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement in response to the failure to extend enhanced unemployment benefits before this weekend's deadline.
 
"By letting the additional $600 in unemployment benefits expire, working families in Tennessee and across the country have once again been failed by our leaders.

On Monday, June 29th, the members of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Excutive Board and COPE Committee voted to endorse the following candidates ahead of the August 6th Primary Election. Please note that additions will likely be made ahead of the General Election.