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The Situation in Our Area

A single, childless adult in Northeast, Tennessee needs to earn at least $24,291/year1, or $12.15/hour, to get by. Yet as many as 41% of households—households, not individuals—in our counties earn less than $12/hr. Women earn as much as 33% less, on average, than men. As many as 71% of single mothers with children under 18 dip below the poverty line. This is economic injustice. This is unacceptable. And this is before we even get into all the work people do without receiving the wages they're owed, such as tasks their employers expect them to do off the clock, regular pay for overtime hours, unpaid final paychecks, unauthorized employer deductions from paychecks, and, unfortunately, much more.

Workers Alliance of Northeast Tennessee pushes back against capitalism’s inherent injustices. We do that by:

  • Helping low-wage workers organize for living wages, recovery of stolen wages, better working conditions, safer workplaces, and more rights;
  • Helping the unemployed and those who cannot work organize for economic security and dignity;
  • Helping all people in Northeast Tennessee organize for social, environmental, and economic justice.

You, too, can help by becoming involved or supporting our work financially.

Are you a worker who has recently experienced wage theft, short pay, unsafe working conditions, discrimination, or other workplace issues? Document everything you can, and get in touch with the Workers Alliance right away.

1 Living wage data from the Economic Policy Institute, adjusted for inflation (2014 to 2017). The $12.15/hr figure is based on a 40-hour workweek and includes the cost of health care plus 10 work days in the year for the sick and vacation time that even the lowest paid hourly workers deserve.


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