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Tennessee State Senate: Let local governments decide about fair wages

Workers across Tennessee need your support in stopping an attempt by the legislature to repeal fair wage laws that have been passed in communities across the state.

The Tennessee House of Representatives just passed House Bill 501 which overturns living wage laws passed in Memphis and Shelby County years ago. Memphis, Shelby County, and Davidson County have also passed fair wage laws for local government construction contracts. House Bill 501 also bans any local governments in Tennessee from passing laws to prevent and punish wage theft (when workers are paid less than minimum wage or overtime, for example.) Right now, the Memphis City Council is considering just such a local wage theft law.

The Tennessee State Senate will now consider Senate Bill 35, the companion bill to House Bill 501.

If Senate Bill 35 is passed, some workers covered by current fair wage laws could see their pay cut by as much as 43%.

Please stand with workers across the state and call on the Tennessee Senate 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.

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