Workers across Tennessee need your help in calling on Governor Haslam to leave it up to local governments to decide whether to set their own wage requirements for contractors or not.
In 2006, Memphis passed a Living Wage Ordinance that requires contractors with the local government to pay workers without benefits at least $12.32 an hour, while those with benefits can earn no less than $10.27 an hour. In 2007, Shelby County passed a similar local law.
When these ordinances were being considered, no business owner came forward to testify that this requirement would hurt their business, or prevent them from bidding for government contracts.
Senate Bill 2149 would repeal these local living wage laws, and ban any other Tennessee communities from setting living wage requirements. If the law is passed, some workers covered by current living wage ordinances could see their pay cut by as much as 43%.
Gov. Haslam recently stated that he believes local governments should be able to set their own wage requirements, but he refused to pledge to veto the bill if it is passed. We need Gov. Haslam to publicly promise to veto this bill, which is so destructive to local governments and to workers.
Please stand with workers across the state and call on Governor Haslam to protect the rights of city and county governments to make the decisions that are best for their citizens and keep the over-reaching arm of the state government out of our local affairs.
I am encouraged by your recent statement that it should be up to local governments to decide whether to set their own wage requirement for contractors.
When the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission were considering living wage ordinances, no business owner came forward to testify that this requirement would hurt their business, or prevent them from bidding for government contracts.
I urge you to protect the principle of decision-making at the local government level by publicly pledging to veto SB 2149. These types of decisions should be left to the men and women that serve on city councils and county commissions across our state.
I know that as a conservative, you are against over-reaching powers of government into citizen’s daily lives, and if SB2149 passes, that is exactly what will occur.
I look forward to your support on allowing decisions of wage requirements for contractors to stay at the local level.