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SEIU Local 205 is chartered to represent its members in Tennessee.  Currently, SEIU is active in four major cities – Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Oak Ridge – in both public- and private-sector workplaces.


In Nashville, Local 205 represents public sector workers in the Metro General Government departments, the Metro Hospital Authority, the Metro Action Commission, Nashville Electric Service, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, and support staff in the Metro Nashville Public School system.  Our private-sector shops include Meharry Medical College and Lincoln College of Technology.

In Memphis, Local 205 represents private sector workers at Medical Action and the support staff in Shelby County Consolidated Schools.

In Chattanooga, Local 205 represents city employees across dozens of divisions, including at the Human Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, General Services, Finance, Animal Services, City Court, Neighborhood Services departments.  We also represent workers at the 911 Communication Center and the civilan workers at the Fire Department.

In Oak Ridge, the union is proud to represent R.N.’s and the Service & Technical workers at Methodist Medical Center.  Local 205 actually began at Methodist and was one of the first unionized hospitals in the country.  Read about Oak Ridge’s unique history with Local 205 here.

Political Action
SEIU is one of the most politically active unions in Tennessee and is well-renowned for an effective grassroots political program.


Local 205’s president is Jessica Stewart.  To learn more about the president, other officers, and the Executive Board, click here.  Local 205’s main office is located in South Nashville at 521 Central Ave (37211) and there are satellite offices in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Oak Ridge.