MEDIA ADVISORY: Hardworking Tennesseans to Stand Together Against Attack

February 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Workers Rights

February 23, 2011


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2011) – As we’ve seen in Wisconsin, Americans are standing up to politicians who are launching political attacks on firefighters, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, EMTs and other hardworking people who keep our communities safe. In Tennessee, the new majority in our state legislature is doing the same thing – waging attacks on hardworking Tennesseans and their families by pushing through legislation that will take away the rights of overworked and overwhelmed teachers to negotiate for fair pay and working conditions and take away the voice of thousands of hard working Tennesseans by barring them from participating in the political process.

Hardworking Tennesseans will stand together today and tell the State Legislature to stop attacking those of us who work hard everyday to keep our economy going and make our communities better. We will tell them that now is the time to focus on Tennessee’s real priorities – creating quality jobs and boosting our economy.

WHAT: Press Conference & Media Availability

WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 11:30 am

WHERE: State Capitol, Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN (In front of the escalators to the tunnel)

WHO: Tennessee Citizen Action, SEIU, AFL-CIO, Professional Firefighters, Fraternal Order of Police, United Campus Workers, Tennessee Education Association, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees

Mary Mancini, Executive Director, Tennessee Citizen Action
Russ Anthony, Social Worker, Metro Social Services
James Staub, Systems Librarian, Nashville Public Library
Rusty Rymer, Captain, Chattanooga Fire Department
Cheryl Gentry, Metro School Bus Driver
Gera Summerford, Teacher

Mary Mancini

Tennessee Citizen Action works in the public interest as Tennessee’s premier consumer rights organization. Our mission is to work tirelessly to improve the overall health, well-being, and quality of life for all people who live and work in Tennessee, including ensuring safe and healthy work conditions for every worker.


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