Join Our "Put the People First" Campaign on May First!
Over 350 Tennesseans, lead by United Campus Workers and other CWA members rallied on March 11 to tell Governor Haslam to PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST.
These Tennesseans called for living wage jobs, fully funded public education, and that Nashville respect our democratic rights to organize, protest, bargain, and vote freely. It was the start of a movement throughout Tennessee to Put the People First, and grassroots worker, community, faith, and student organizations have come together to form the coalition. At the Capitol, we rallied, then delivered a letter to Governor Bill Haslam, calling on him and the Tennessee General Assembly "to make the interests of Tennessee working people your top priority." See a video from The Tennessean here.
Tennessee politicians "have abandoned everyday people and pursued an agenda that favors huge corporations and the super wealthy," coalition members said in the letter. "Our coalition has come together because ours is a different vision of Tennessee - one where we have good jobs that pay us decently and provide benefits; where our kids have access to free, quality, equal public education that's directed by teachers, not corporate lobbyists; and where all of us can participate," we wrote.
What's next? This burgeoning and rapidly growing coalition is beginning to plan actions around the state to Put the People First on May First. Will you be there?
*The broad coalition sponsoring the rally included:
Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, United Campus Workers-CWA Local 3865, UAW, Workers Interfaith Network, Jobs With Justice, Show Me 15 Workers Organizing Committee, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Tennessee NAACP, Sierra Club, Tennessee Chapter, Memphis Progressive Student Alliance, Statewide Organizing For Community Empowerment, SEIU Local 205, Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, Chattanooga for Workers, Progressive Student Alliance UTK, United Students Against Sweatshops, Tennessee Citizen Action, Organizing for Action Davidson County, UFCW Local 1995, Concerned Citizens for Justice, Healthy and Free Tennessee, Southeast Laborers' District Council, Organized and United for Respect at Vanderbilt (OUR Vanderbilt).
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United Campus Workers is Tennessee's higher education union; the only voice made up and run by staff and faculty at Tennessee's colleges and universities speaking up for our issues. UCW members are active organizing for our interests on our campuses and at the Tennessee General Assembly. JOIN US and help strengthen our movement! There is power in numbers, lift your voice today!