President's Message

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.
As cities and counties throughout Tennessee begin to resume some semblance of a "routine" (some more well-thought-out than others), we would like to once again thank all of you for what you have already done and what you will continue to do to keep your communities safe and informed. From spreading the word about ways that affiliates can help their neighbors in different areas of the state, to sharing stories about how our brothers and sisters continue to stand strong on the frontlines of this crisis every day, it goes without saying that all of you are the backbone of our work.
From honoring our brothers and sisters who have been killed or injured on the job, to highlighting the collective power of workers and the strength of our solidarity on May Day, we have been inspired by the actions that many of you have undertaken in the past week. In the midst of a world that's been upended in so many ways by COVID-19, all of you have continued to amplify labor's voice throughout your communities.

There’s no shortage of COVID-19-related headlines, but it’s been quite a telling week as to the true priorities of our state’s leadership as Tennessee prepares (likely prematurely) to open its doors once again. Last Thursday, Governor Bill Lee announced his Economic Recovery Group which did not include a single labor or employee representative. While this news was not completely surprising, it was infuriating.