August 2014

SEIU-Endorsed Candidate Pulls Major Upset Over School Board Chair in Nashville

Political_phonebankCheryl Mayes is the latest Metro school board chair to find herself ousted from elected office thanks to the strength of SEIU’s political program. Mayes lost by a margin of over 16 points, despite having the support of Nashville’s political establishment and the business community. Mayes was also a staunch supporter of the director of schools, Jesse Register, who the union has had repeated conflicts with since he arrived in Nashville. Mayes follows the pattern SEIU set in 2010 when the union went after and defeated the previous chair of the school board, Gracie Porter.

The union’s endorsed candidate, Tyese Hunter, who served in the U.S. Navy and is a mother of three children, offered many thanks to the SEIU members who helped ensure her victory. “I am extremely grateful to the SEIU for its belief in my candidacy and support for my campaign,” Tyese says.  “I believe that good, hardworking people are the cornerstone of any successful organization. Valuing those people in word and deed is critical to the ultimate success of MNPS—educating all children at high levels.”

Tyese was elected in school board District 6, which encompasses Antioch & South Nashville. Her term will expire in 2018.


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SEIU Gets Pay Inequity Addressed in Chattanooga!

SEIU members make their voices heard at Chattanooga city council.

SEIU members make their voices heard at Chattanooga city council.

Having finally gotten a new Memorandum of Understanding with the city of Chattanooga, SEIU members are weighing in on an issue that has gone unaddressed for years… underpaid city employees.

Approximately 1,200 workers under the general pay plan don’t have the option to move up the pay scale unless they are promoted or receive cost-of-living percentage increases. More than half of city employees are in a position that has a starting salary of less than $30,000.

After several appearances and demonstrations at the city council, elected officials are taking the union’s complaint seriously. They’ve commissioned a compensation study of employees in the general plan which will begin in September.

For the full story, read the article from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

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