For union members experiencing job loss, hours loss, or economic challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, the following resources are available. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.
- Apply for unemployment benefits online at Jobs4TN.gov. Even if you are still employed, living under quarantine, or temporarily furloughed, you may be eligible if you have experienced a significant loss in income. More information about unemployment questions related to the COVID-19 crisis can be found on the TN Dept. of Labor’s website and in this New York Times guide to Unemployment Insurance.
- Mayor John Cooper has established a COVID-19 Response Fund for Nashville. Currently, this fund is collecting donations in partnership with the United Way to be distributed to local community organizations. Check the fund’s website for continual updates on accessing resources made available through the fund.
- For questions regarding workplace safety, organizing related to COVID-19, and additional resources, visit the AFL-CIO’s COVID-19 Pandemic Resources Page. This page contains everything from basic information about the pandemic to specific organizing resources by union and by sector to ensure worker safety and public health.
- The Tennessee Department of Health offers a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877.857.2945. The information line is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For additional resources and assistance, call United Way’s 24-hour helpline at 211.
For any additional questions of help accessing resources, contact the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee by phone, e-mail, or mail using the information on our contact page.