Resolution 32 Women’s Committees
19th Biennial CLUW Convention
COMING EVENTS AND CLASSES 2017
Trying to build up our IAM sisters while you sharpen your leadership skills? Then consider the Women’s Basic Program. The curriculum empowers participants to look for resolutions to working women and family issues, through education and solidarity. It is an excellent learning experience for members building women’s committees or just interested in the issues. The class fills quickly so mark your calendar for:
June 11 through June 16, 2017
Click here for a copy of the official call letter and registration form. Then register for the class so we can see you in June. Any questions you have regarding this course may be directed to the Women’s and Human Rights Department at IAM Headquarters at (301) 967-4747 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Lodge 2297 has continuously encouraged women members of the lodge to form an active Women’s Committee. The Committee has the full support of the Executive Board and has found it hard to gain a solid footing. Despite of that, we the lodge leaders are persistent in our efforts to bring about a successful group of Union Sisters who are keenly aware of the everyday challenges women face in the workplace and who will fight for justice for all working women.
WHAT IS CLUW?
The Coalition of Labor Union Women cluw.org is America’s only national organization for union women. Formed in 1974, CLUW is a nonpartisan organization within the union movement. The primary mission of CLUW is to unify all union women in a viable organization to determine our common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of our unions to deal effectively with our objectives. At its founding convention in Chicago, Illinois, CLUW adopted four basic goals of action: to promote affirmative action in the workplace; to strengthen the role of women in unions; to organize the unorganized women; and to increase the involvement of women in the political and legislative process. These goals continue to be the cornerstone of CLUW’s activities as members speak out for equal pay, child and elder care benefits, job security, safe workplaces, affordable health care, contraceptive equity, and protection from sexual harassment and violence at work. With members from 54 international and national unions across the U.S. and Canada, CLUW has a strong network of more than 40 chapters. CLUW is endorsed by the AFL-CIO and its international and national unions. CLUW local chapters educate members, keep them up-to-date on a variety of issues of concern to working families, and provide a support network for women in unions.
Black History Month: GVP Babineaux Speaks on Future of Labor Movement
As part of the celebration of Black History Month, General Vice President Diane Babineaux was recognized by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in a recent interview to profile black women who play large roles in the labor movement. “Today women are joining unions at a higher rate than men, because a union contract offers recourse against oppression and prejudice,” said Babineaux speaking on how young women of color will shape and change the direction of the labor movement. “As women of color continue to rise through the ranks into leadership positions, they bring their experiences and voice to the decision making process.” In recognition of Black History Month, CLUW wants to recognize black history, but also look to the future of women of color in the labor movement. Babineaux is the first African-American woman to serve as General Vice President of the IAM and is a CLUW National Vice President. Climbing to one of the top spots in the IAM hasn’t come without its struggles, however Babineaux hopes to help pave the way for future generations. “I want to help create a society where my daughter’s struggles and my granddaughters’ struggles are further diminished and sincerely hope that future generations don’t experience unfair treatment,” said Babineaux. Click on this link to read the entire interview; An Interview With IAM GVP Diane Babineaux
IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, left, and General Vice President Diane Babineaux, right, are the first two women to hold seats on the IAM Executive Council
WOMEN IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT CONTINUED.....