What's New at Coalition of Labor Union Women
This year CLUW will provide one $500.00 scholarship to each of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) Women’s Schools to help defray the costs of a participant to attend. Applicants must be a CLUW member or become a member by the time the application is submitted. Young women are encouraged to apply. Please find the application in a “WORD” version or in the PDF version.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2019 to email@example.com or by fax to 202.508.6961 or mailed to: CLUW, ATTN: Women’s Schools, 815 16th Street, N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20006. Please see the website article about those that attended in 2016.
CLUW member Stacey Jordan with Debbie Dingell (US Rep. D-MI 12 district)
As part of CLUW’s Spring Lobby Day/National Executive Board program about 45 enthusiastic members from 11 states spent April 10th preparing to lobby by reviewing legislative priorities, lobbying with their US representatives, senators or staff and then debriefed their day.
By all accounts it was a great experience – of course not everyone was greeted with a positive response, but the CLUW group was committed to continuing the process both at home and in DC and interested in spending even more time in preparation when this is done again.
The Lobby Day Briefing included presentations from legislative experts (see the agenda) that took place at AFL-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington. CLUW had targeted the following legislative priorities recently introduced in Congress: the Medicare for All Act of 2019, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the FAMILY Act. APWU’s Legislative and Political Department gave an overview on lobbying tips. In addition, a fact sheet on the Raise the Wage Act highlighting its importance was included in the kits (see lobby day information here). The CLUW lobby group was given a list of bill sponsors so they knew how to approach those with whom they were meeting.
Then off to the Hill where some of the group were able to catch a press conference when Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Senate version of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 introduced that morning – what great timing – see picture below.
At the post briefing CLUW participants discussed their experiences and were encouraged to fill out their feedback forms which produced some interesting comments such as these: Karen Pearce of Derby City CLUW met with Katy Rowley, staffer of Rep. John Yarmuth (D KY 3rd district) along with Vera Newton, Phyllis Doleman, Kim Ashby and Edith Wright all of CLUW KY and noted that the congressman supported the Paycheck Fairness Act and Karen, a first timer at lobbying said, “it opened my eyes.” New chapter president (Western VA) Kristy Vance met with staffer Lauren Marshall from Sen. Mark Warner’s office with her 2 young children (Hattie and James) and found out that the senator opposed the FAMILY Act – so more work ahead and we will be ready. More photos here: 2019 Lobby Day Photo Album.
Derby City CLUW Chapter members L-R Phyllis Doleman, Kim Ashby, Vera Newton, Edith Wright, Karen Pearce, in front of Door Seal of Senator Mitch McConnell-(R- KY)
l-r Terri Myette, Sarah Reynolds, Carol Rosenblatt, Debra Donwerth at Sen. Sanders press conference.
Gloria T. Johnson in June 2002 at CLUW National Executive Board meeting, Washington, DC
Gloria Tapscott Johnson was CLUW’s president from 1993 until 2004 and previously the national treasurer for seventeen years. She was a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Please see more information about this inspiring leader here.
The purpose of the Gloria T. Johnson Scholarship Program is described in one of CLUW’s founding principles — to “encourage and increase women’s active participation in their unions” through support of women who want to learn and/or develop leadership skills. The program is designed to build and support a mentoring system that will help young women learn new skills so that they will be prepared to take leadership roles in their unions.
The Gloria T. Johnson Scholarship Program will provide a scholarship (or reimbursement) for costs of classes taken through an accredited labor studies program (up to $1,000) to build mentoring skills for a union woman willing to serve as a mentor. The winner of the scholarship will agree to serve as a mentor to a young woman (or women) and/or an internship (at least 6 months in length).
The program is designed to inspire, provide support and be a complete experience for the scholarship winner as well as for a young woman (or women) who will be mentored or gain experience as an intern. The scholarship is available to union women and the children of union women (CLUW members and their children shall be given priority in the selection process).
Please see a more detailed description along with the application here. Application deadline is September 1, 2019.