Photo by, Desmond L. Weems-Ten Twenty-Two Productions
2017 National Officers Council, seated l-r: Carolyn Burton, Joanne Sanders, Judy Beard, Elise Bryant, Carla Insinga, Bennie Bridges, Shelvy Young Abrams; standing: Janet Hill, Jennifer Grigsby, Angela Johnson, Shyla La'Sha, Rhonda Rogers, Lisa Blake, Debra Davis, Vera Newton, Sylvia Ramos, Myra Warren, Patricia Chardavoyne, Tanya James, Rachel Walthall, Karen Bellamy Lewis, (Sarah Reynolds and Rachel Bryan not pictured).
Detroit, MI -- Elise Bryant is the new CLUW National President. Convention delegates elected her to a four year term on September 8th. She is CLUW’s eighth president. She noted that, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the membership of CLUW as president. I am excited about taking on this work with a fabulous group of women who are smart, savvy, and dedicated trade unionists! We shall rally, we shall sing and we shall overcome – together!”
Elise joined CWA/TNG Local 32035 in 1998 and served as the bargaining unit chair at the National Labor College for eight years. She serves on TNG’s executive board as a member-at-large. Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) as well as AFM Local 1000. In 2012 she was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the United Association of Labor Educators and in 2015 was presented with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Front Page Award for community service. She currently is the Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation.
Other top officers include Carla Insinga who is the new National Executive Vice President and is the Director of Dauphin County Public Employees District Council 90 of AFSCME in PA. She has been active in AFSCME since the mid 1980’s, becoming local president and served as the Director of Council 13’s Organizing and Education Departments. Carla was elected to the CLUW National Officers Council in November, 2013 as the Vice President representing AFSCME.
Judy Beard was re-elected as CLUW National Treasurer having served since 2004. In 2001 she was elected as a CLUW National Vice President representing APWU. She is the National Legislative and Political Director of the American Postal Workers Union, being the first woman elected in that position. Early in her career she was a University of Michigan School of Industrial Relations employee and served as Detroit APWU district area local vice president.
Joanne M. Sanders is the new CLUW National Recording Secretary. She was Indiana’s CLUW State Vice President for seven years and in 2009 was elected as CLUW National Vice President for IATSE. In addition she serves as an International Representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She was elected in 1999 as Councilor at Large for the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council, serving for twelve years.
Bennie R. Bridges was re-elected as CLUW National Corresponding Secretary, having served since 2011. She was elected a CLUW National Vice President representing AFGE in 2001. She has been a member of the American Federation of Government Employees since 1968. In 1979 she was appointed as the District 12 National Women's Advisory Coordinator, becoming a member of the CLUW East Bay Chapter. She is an active retired member of AFGE Local 1122. Read more here.