President's Message

“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.

Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

"Tennessee’s working families join our brothers and sisters across the country in mourning the sudden and tragic loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. No words can adequately describe the sadness that we are feeling. Today is a dark day for every worker.

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.