Archive for the ‘middle class’ Category

Obama Calls for a ‘Grand Bargain’ on Middle Class Jobs in Tenn.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

President Barack Obama used an appearance in Chattanooga, Tenn. to call for a “grand bargain” for middle class jobs.

His full remarks, as prepared:

Hello, Chattanooga!  It’s great to be back in Tennessee, and it’s great to be here at Amazon.  Thank you, Lydia, for that introduction and for sharing your story.  I just finished [...]

Sen. Tim Kaine to Headline TNDP Jackson Day Sept. 7

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will headline this year’s Jackson Day Dinner in Nashville on Sept. 7.

Tickets are available at

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Sen. Kaine as the keynote speaker in an email to supporters earlier this month.

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Tenn. Unemployment Rate Jumps as Gov. Haslam, Republicans Shutdown 34 Career Centers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The latest job numbers are in and it’s not good for Tennesseans. The numbers show that Tennessee’s unemployment rate has jumped to 8 percent. Tennessee was one of only three states that saw an increase in the unemployment rate in April.

This discouraging economic news comes on the heels of the announcement that [...]

U.S. House Republican Majority Votes to Axe 40-Hour Work Week

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen: “Today was one of the saddest days the House of Representatives has probably ever seen.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) spoke on the U.S. House floor about the House passage of HR 1406, which eliminates the 40-hour workweek. The measure, designed to drive down earnings for working Americans to [...]

Weakening the Middle Class: Workers Suffer Worst Week at Legislature

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The Republicans who control the Tennessee State House passed on Thursday a series of bills that will weaken the middle class by eliminating rights and lowering wages for Tennessee workers.

During the nearly four-hour session, House Republicans voted to destroy the state workers’ compensation system and do away with the prevailing wage, a rule [...]

Democrats Call on Haslam to Protect Injured Workers’ Rights in Compensation Changes

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

House Democrats joined workers’ advocates to ask Governor Haslam to delay HB194 until the Department of Labor gets its house in order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Democrats joined with workers’ advocates today to call on Governor Bill Haslam to delay the special interest workers’ compensation overhaul package until 2014. This renewed push comes after a [...]

Haslam’s Workers’ Compensation Bill Threatens Livelihood of Injured Workers

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Republicans betrayed working people in Tennessee passing a bill out of committee that guts compensation for workers injured on the job and kick starts a global race to the bottom for wage earners in the Volunteer State.. The extreme measure would destroy the workers’ compensation system in Tennessee and pose a major threat [...]

Forrester: Focus All Tax Relief on Working, Middle Class Families

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Eliminating the Grocery Tax Should Come First

NASHVILLE – Chip Forrester, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, urged the General Assembly Thursday to give working and middle class families top priority on tax cuts and move all tax relief efforts toward eliminating the sales tax on groceries.

“Tennessee has one of the highest grocery taxes [...]

Forrester Blasts House Republicans’ Vote to Raise Taxes on 160 Million Americans

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Following Tuesday’s vote by House Republicans to reject an extension of the payroll tax cut for the middle class passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued the following statement:

“In less than two weeks, 160 million Americans will be hit with a tax hike in the middle [...]