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    • l-r Wendy Burgess, AFSCME, Carolyn Jacobson and Carol Rosenblatt, CLUW and Barbara Coufal, AFSCME.

      On December 3rd the Supreme Court was asked to rule on whether Peggy Young, a former UPS driver should have been afforded the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which bars firms from discriminating against pregnant workers. Young was forced to take unpaid leave during a difficult pregnancy when the company refused to give her light duty per her doctors' orders and then terminated her health insurance.

      Young sued, saying UPS broke the law.  The lower courts supported the company as UPS' paid disability leave policy does not offer paid leave if you are injured off the job  However Young claimed that UPS still aided other male drivers injured off the job.  So Young, backed by unions – including the Teamsters, which represents UPS workers and CLUW –  and women's rights groups, took her case to the High Court.  

      While the argument was taking place inside the Court, CLUW joined with its allies outside (including the IAM, AFSCME, the National Consumers League, the National Partnership for Women and Families, NOW, Planned Parenthood) in support of Young. In a rare coalition, evangelicals and pro-life groups agreed that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act means firms must accommodate pregnant workers.   

      The court’s decision will not be announced until the close of the term in May or June. 

      Read more about this at the AFL-CIO Blog and view the IAM Video of the rally.

      Philadelphia Chapter CLUW President Laura Wentz, Dina Yarmus, Young Women's Committee Chair and Executive Board Members Nicole Fuller and Vanessa Fields all contributed to this special airing of the concerns of working women in Philadelphia.

      The show was dedicated to Joyce Craig-Lewis, the 36 year old firefighter and mother of two who is the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty. Read more by clicking here.   CLUW has long recognized the hazardous work of our sisters in non-traditional jobs through the Women in Non-Traditional Jobs Committee.  

      Listen to the full broadcast by clicking here

      This video features Beth O'Connor, an electrician and proud member of IBEW Local 103.

      Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most women now have coverage for well-women visits, without additional costs like co-pays and deductibles. But how can they make the most of this benefit? One of CLUW’s allied organizations, the National Women's Law Center has outstanding resources and information to help you learn more about this critical benefit and also to get the word out about the no-cost well-woman visit. Regular well-woman visits could be a turning point for women’s health — but only if women know about and make the most of them.

      Check out their consumer-friendly guides, available in English and Spanish, and get on the road to being a well woman.

      Eleanor Roosevelt: Promoting Labor and Social Justice

      In the article that follows celebrating International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy, historian and CLUW member Brigid O’Farrell and her co-author, Mary Jo Binker outline Eleanor Roosevelt’s public commitment to labor and human rights – that continued until her death 17 years after the death of her husband.  The article includes information about her daily column, “My Day,” which she began in 1936 and her membership in the Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO, which she joined the following year. (Eleanor Roosevelt remained a Guild member for over twenty-five years: her union card was in her wallet when she died.)

      Also noted is her last public activity, chairman of President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women, which yielded a report documenting for the first time the inequities women faced in the home and in the workplace. “The report called for an end to discrimination in all walks of life and recommended family supports such as paid maternity leave and quality, affordable child care. It reinforced the importance of unions, and it challenged the United States to become a world leader in the struggle for human rights.” Read more.

      Eleanor Roosevelt speaks at a podium at the AFL-CIO Merger Convention. Photo by the Kheel Center
      for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives.

      The membership and field organizer's role is to organize and build CLUW membership, help form new chapters, assist current chapters in development of programs and membership recruitment, enter and oversee membership applications into the data base, notify members of renewals, provide reports of members when requested, and help link CLUW chapters and state bodies with AFL-CIO central labor councils and other labor and allied groups.
      She/he also serves to promote labor movement priorities through assisting chapters in carrying out programs CLUW initiates and promotes in support of union goals.
      Cover letter and resume and writing sample (where appropriate) should be sent to President Connie Leak at as soon as possible. Deadline for submission: January 2, 2015.
      The full job description and requirements can be found here.

      Hundreds of Walmart workers went on strike and the first ever Walmart sit down strikes took place in Washington, DC (where a new Walmart opened this year) and in Sothern California. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten addressed protesters Friday at a Walmart in Bergen County, New Jersey. “You have to treat your workers fairly and justly.

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