President's Message

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. 

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and the events that have taken place throughout the country (including right here in Tennessee) over the past several days highlight what is well-known but not discussed nearly as often as it should be: our country is broken, and our brothers and sisters of color are hurting.

As the Workers First Caravan Day of Action quickly approaches this upcoming Wednesday, June 3rd, we are very excited to share the details about each of the events that are planned throughout state with you.
After reading through nearly 80 pages of bills that the Tennessee House of Representatives has calendared for next week, it would be easy to think that the world wasn't in the midst of a pandemic. As we mentioned last week, there is still a lot that the public, lobbyists, and even the media don't know because of lawmakers' inability to agree on what the rest of session will look like. This Twitter thread is a very good summary of what we could experience for possibly the next six weeks.
Out with the old, in with the new! As we adapt to the many changes that the coronavirus crisis has thrown our way, we have some very exciting news to share. Earlier this week, we launched a brand-new website that not only refreshes the "look" of the state federation but also provides many updated resources and information for all of you.