Tennessee State Senate: Let local governments decide about fair wages
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Tennessee State Senate: Let local governments decide about fair wages

    1. Petition by

      Workers Interfaith Network

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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    • David Morales NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I am opposed to any law that restricts the ability of local governments to protect the working conditions and wagees, and to ensure workers receive living wages and collect what they have rightfully earn. They are an intrusion in local governance and they hurt the most vulnerable, the working poor.

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    • Sandra Gray HAMPDEN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      If you don't pay a fair wage then your workers can't afford to buy things, like food, clothing and other essentials let alone anything extra. What do you ink keeps the economy running? It's not the corporations because if workers can't buy what they produce then there's more unemployment and then the company could fail! Which in turn creates more poor people, more unemployment and heaven knows what else!

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    • Patrick Bryan KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Help save the American middle class from extinction.

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    • Paul deLeon KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      It's simple: which side are you on? Are you on the side of the work force of Tennessee, or do you side with people who get rich by abusing, coercing and stealing from their employees?

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    • Pat Blankenship NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Making it more difficult for immigrants to make a living hurts our economy, makes us an unattractive state for industries thinking of investing here, and takes food out of the mouths of hard working parents and their innocent children. Please vote NO! Make Tennessee the state that acts out of love and fairness, not out of hatred, fear and mean spiritedness.

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