Thanks to campus workers and our partners STANDING UP and taking the day to come to the Capitol on March 17, we sent a message to the Tennessee General Assembly that everyday, working Tennesseans need them to put the people first!
On March 17 in Nashville, UCW-CWA members from campuses all across Tennessee spoke with elected state officials for justice. We joined with Jobs with Justice, Workers Interfaith Network, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, the Teamsters, Workers Dignity, AFL-CIO, Fast Food Workers/Show Me 15, and many others.
At the top of our agenda: living wages, full funding for public education, and opposition to bills that attack our earned benefits. One such bill is House Bill 648 McCormick / Senate Bill 607 Norris. This bill, proposed directly by Gov. Haslam, would gut our health benefits: increasing premiums for dependant coverage by a whopping 50%, forcing spouses with other potential health coverage off our insurance plans, eliminating Medicare supplement and retiree healthcare for new hires, cutting part-time benefits, and stripping the General Assembly of important oversight by granting authority to the not-elected State Insurance Committee.