Business Leaders Back Federal Immigration Reform

From the Tennessean:  A group of Tennessee business leaders lent their support Thursday for federal legislation aimed at comprehensive immigration reform. The bill is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. “It is definitively time to reform a flawed immigration system,” said Catherine Glover, president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Reform will establish […]

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FROM TIRRC: Tennessee Voters Support Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1

Good news from Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition: According to the results of Harper Polling, an independent polling firm, over three-fourths of Tennessee voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and families already here. Over three-fourths also think the bill currently in Congress is tough but fair, and want Senators Alexander and […]

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Fly the Flag for Citizenship

TAKE ACTION: Please take a minute to email both Tennessee Senators, Senator Lamar Alexander & Senator Bob Corker, and urge them to support S.744 and immigration reform that creates a roadmap for 11 million Americans who aspire to be citizens, secures rights and protections for all workers, and keeps families together. A script is provided (but you can edit it […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TN Citizen Action Statement on Passage of Workers’ Comp Bill – “We promise.”

TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION RELEASES STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF HB194, WORKERS’ COMP BILL “We promise.” Nashville, Tenn. (April 11, 2013) – Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, issued the following statement on House passage of HB194: “With passage of this bill that guts workers’ comp as we know it by drastically cutting insurance […]

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TN Citizen Action Calls Governor’s Response “Bizarre,” Urges Action by State House

In response to today’s Tennessean story – you know, the one where the Governor’s spokesperson says that the Governor’s proposal to move the workers’ compensation to the Departement of Labor and Workforce Development and the problems in the labor department were unrelated? – TN Citizen Action executive director Mary Mancini released the following statement (pasted below). […]

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Rally to Protect TN Workers Injured on the Job

This afternoon, Tennesseans rallied at the state capitol (see pictures below) to urge Governor Bill Haslam to stop his push through the legislature for changes that will gut workers’ comp in TN as we know it. The changes will hurt working men and women injured on the job by reducing insurance payouts drastically. And if […]

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The Mysterious Convergence of March 26

March 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Recent Blog Posts, Workers Rights

Every once in a while there comes a day when events mysteriously converge. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 is one of those magical days. Won’t you spend it in Nashville at a hearing, an event, and another event lifting up your voice in solidarity with hardworking men and women from all over the state? —————————————————————————— HEARING – Workers’ Comp Bill in […]

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Caught on Tape: “Let’s make sure that thing’s not on…”

It’s true, as Jeff Woods wrote in Pith in the Wind (the political blog of theNashville Scene), that there may be worse gaffes “caught on tape” than the one Rep. Jimmy Eldridge made this week. But for a worker who is facing deep cuts to their paycheck while they are recovering from being injured on the job, his gaffe […]

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VIDEO: Chairman Caught on Tape Vowing to Ram Workers’ Comp Bill Through Committee

The Nashville Scene’s Pith in the Wind blog has the video and the story: For embarrassing open-mic gaffes, it’s not exactly up there with Ronald Reagan joking about bombing Russia. But it’ll do until something worse comes along for state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, the Republican chairman of the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee. Eldridge […]

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What’s Wrong with The Governor’s Video Pitch on Proposed Workers’ Comp Changes?

Only everything. From jump street the Governor only – and ever – mentions talking to businesses. He says, “As I’ve traveled the state, talking to businesses about making Tennessee an even better place for economic growth…” But what about workers? Don’t they ever count for anything? Are they disposable? Is it like Salon says, that […]

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