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News from the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee.

The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement.

We hope that each of you, your families, and coworkers are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

Last Thrusday, April 23, workers from across the state joined together to testify about their experiences working and organizing under COVID-19. Labor council and TOSHA representatives also shared information about resources available to workers during the current crisis.

For middle Tennessee workers and union members experiencing job loss, hours loss, or economic challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, the following resources are available. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Music City Construction Careers is excited to announce the next Apprenticeship Readiness Program will take place from January 27 to February 7. This training is geared toward helping people of color, women, young people & transitioning veterans get good-paying union jobs with benefits and accepted into federally registered NABTU Apprenticeship Programs.

Working families in Nashville and Kansas City have a question to settle this weekend.  We will see who plays the best football. Pat Dujakovich, President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, and I are throwing down with a little friendly wager that will go to the winner's favorite charity.  The battle on the gridiron question will ultimately be decided on Sunday afternoon. 

Income for middle-class Americans is growing more slowly than for both top earners and the poor, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis comes two years after President Donald Trump enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a major overhaul in the nation's tax laws billed by the White House as a boon for the middle class.

Several recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board would make it harder for workers to unionize. However, labor unions refused to take these decisions lying down.

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After a quarter century of suffering under the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and 18 months of hard-fought negotiations, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is now proud to endorse a better deal for working people: the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA), which passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives on Thursday, while the Senate is expected to hold a vote on the bill in the new year.

A top national labor leader is touting a new multilateral trade deal, and says his union side much improved the Trump administration's initial proposal.

The comments from Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, came Wednesday, just before the House overwhelmingly approved the pact called the USMCA.

The new deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, which now heads to the Senate, would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

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Until last week, Li Zilles was one of the many nameless and faceless contractors toiling in the bowels of the internet, providing online services that might have been mistaken for the work of artificial intelligence.

The job: to transcribe audio files for the start-up Rev.com, churning out texts without clients ever knowing the name of the transcriber.

This was a lonely existence, and not an easy one. The pay, even though the work was full-time, was little enough that food stamps became necessary.