Workers across Tennessee need your support in stopping an attempt by the legislature to repeal local fair wage laws that have been passed in communities across the state.
In 2006, Memphis passed a Living Wage Ordinance covering workers on City service contracts. In 2007, Shelby County passed a similar local law. Memphis, Shelby County, and Davidson County have also passed fair wage laws for local government construction contracts.
House Bill 3386 would repeal these local fair wage laws, and ban any other Tennessee communities from setting living wage requirements. If the law is passed, some workers covered by current fair wage laws could see their pay cut by as much as 43%.
Rep. Curry Todd introduced an amendment this week to exempt the Memphis living wage ordinance from the proposed law, claiming that it is the only local law that would be reversed by the state bill. This is not true. There are at least 4 other fair wage laws in local communities across the state that will be reversed.
Please stand with workers across the state and call on the House State and Local Government subcommittee 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.
State government should not be in the business of interfering in local governments affairs. At least 5 local fair wage laws would be overturned by HB 3386. All of these laws were passed by local governments out of a desire to make sure they were contracting with businesses that behave responsibly towards their employees.
If these local laws were causing serious problems for businesses, they would have been repealed by now by the bodies that actually enacted them. This bill attempts to solve a problem that does not exist.
Even with the amendment Rep. Todd introduced last week to exempt the Memphis living wage ordinance, this bill would still reverse other local wage laws. It represents a massive intrusion by the state into local affairs, which I assume you would not support.