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    • This year,  for the second consecutive 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. Please find the application in a “WORD” version or in the PDF version. Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 3, 2016 to or by fax to 717.564.7491 or mailed to:  CLUW, ATTN: Women’s Schools, 815 16th Street, N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20006.


      Providing support and making skills training available are CLUW priorities as young women are encouraged to move into leadership positions within CLUW and their unions. On April 7th preceding the NEB conference and meeting CLUW called together over 25 women, young and not-so-young to address the thing that’s been on everyone’s mind – young people. They told stories about how they came into CLUW, what it was that drew them in and the opportunities they found, including leadership and independence since joining a chapter. Long and short term goals, creating spaces for young women, and nurturing the involvement of those that were recruited were some of the topics discussed. Conference calls are planned to discuss the election, recruiting young women, etc. Some of those in attendance can be seen in the slide show video that took place as part of the conference plenary on April 8th. For information on how to get involved with CLUW’s young women workers contact Akina Reid, Membership and Field Organizer at 202.508.6958 or at  

      L to R: Hilary Bloomfield (CWA), Tina Maria Manning (AFT), LaTonya Crisp-Sauray (TWU), Elizabeth Moran (AFSCME)Natasha Isma (AFSCME)

      CLUW scheduled several strategic planning sessions during the NEB meeting where actions were recommended for convention resolutions and other issues were evaluated in the context of how CLUW can make an impact on the upcoming 2016 election. Members posed for photos with signs stating their priorities for the upcoming election.  You can see one of those above.

      Two new chapters were chartered during the NEB meeting – Greater Oklahoma City and Neshaminy-Bucks County (PA) pictured below.

      CardioDX (CLUW’s partner in the Spread the Word Campaign) presented Certificates of Excellence to Helen Ramirez-Odell and Millie Hall, Co-Chairs of CLUW’s Women's Health and Wellness Committee for their leadership in making women’s heart health a priority.

      L to R:Helen Ramirez-Odell, Connie Leak and Millie Hall

      Lilly Ledbetter, namesake for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and a true trailblazer in her own right, shared her story with CLUW delegates and guests at the 2016 CLUW’s Biennial Working Women's Award Celebration. More than 200 people gathered on April 7th at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD to hear Ms. Ledbetter as she relived her journey to recoup lost wages and benefits from Goodyear Tire Company in Birmingham, AL. It’s estimated that she lost nearly 40% in earnings during her tenure, where men working in the same capacity earned more over fewer years. Click here to capture the essence of her speech.

      Thank you Lilly, for your courage and your steadfast commitment to equal pay for all women!

      We would like to thank Hugh A. Clarke for the photos that he took during this event.  You can view more images in the Working Women's Award Photo Gallery.

      On April 8, 2016, CLUW hosted an educational conference to kick off its efforts to educate women on the issues most pertinent to them in the 2016 election. The opening plenary session included presenters Liz McElroy and Cecelie Counts from the AFL-CIO, and Dana Singiser from Planned Parenthood.

      McElroy, Deputy Director of the Political Department, presented an overview of data collected by the AFL-CIO through various surveys of working people. Counts, representative from the Government Affairs Department, explained the importance of the choices we make up and down the ballot and the impact they have on Courts at the local, state and federal level. Singiser, from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, updated the crowd on the various attacks on women’s health access at the state and federal level. In each case, the speakers related the impact of political decisions on women’s lives and stressed the importance of political activism to ensure women have a say in their futures.  For futher details on the conference program click here.

      As part of its spring 2016 conference “Election 2016: What’s at Stake”, CLUW members, guests and observers took time to honor women in several categories for their contributions to improving women’s opportunities and access to equality. The following women were this year’s honorees:

      Friend of Labor Lifetime Achievement Award Grassroots Leader Award
      Barbara Mikulski Dina Beaumont Maryann Medina
      US Senator, MD CWA APWU
      Pioneer Award Olga Madar Leadership Award Outstanding Achiever Award
      Marsha Zakowski Shirley Taylor Helen Ramirez-Odell
      Rising Star Award Trailblazer Award Appreciation Award
      Natasha Isma Helene Shay Carmen Berkley

      CLUW Officers and Award Recipients

      Top row L-R: Judy Beard, Diane Babineaux, Carla Insinga, Joanne Sanders, Connie Leak, Helen Ramirez-Odell, Kerry Newkirk, Dee Gorczyca, Vera Newton, Tanya James, Sarah Reynolds.

      Bottom row L-R: Angela Johnson, Bennie Bridges, Senator Mikulski’s Representative, Marsha Zakowski, Janet Hill, Lilly Ledbetter, Natasha Isma, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, Shirley Taylor, Helene Shay, Maryann Medina.

      Tuesday, April 12th is Equal Pay Day. More than 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act and women still make only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. The wage gap is even larger for women of color, such as African-Americans who make only 60 cents to the dollar or Latinas who are paid only 55 cents for every dollar paid to white non-Hispanic men. On Equal Pay Day, we’re holding lawmakers and candidates accountable to make sure they know how critical this issue is.
      Join CLUW and various other organizations for a tweet storm which marks the day on which women’s pay finally catches up to what their white male counterparts were paid last year alone:

      #EqualPayDay Tweet Storm
      Tuesday, April 12
      2PM – 3PM ET

      Hashtags: #EqualPayDay and #EqualPay
      Participate in the tweet storm and have your picture taken with this sign.

      Below are a few sample tweets:

      • April 12th is #EqualPayDay! Join us on April 12 from 2-3 PM EST for a Twitter storm as we talk about why we need equal pay now.
      • Join us for an #EqualPayDay Twitter storm on April 12 from 2-3 PM EST and tell us why you want equal pay matters to you!
      • #EqualPay for equal work! April 12 is when women’s earnings finally catch up to white men’s from last year. #EqualPayDay
      • I support #EqualPay (include your photo with CLUW Equal Pay Banner).

      Equal Pay Day is so important to working women everywhere. We hope to see you participate!
      Co-sponsored by: American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Civil Liberties Union, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Women, Atlanta Women for Equality, Catalyst, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Equal Rights Advocates, Equal Pay Today!, Feminist Majority, Institute for Science and Human Values, Inc., Jewish Women International (JWI), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Legal Momentum, Make it Work, MomsRising, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, National Council of Jewish Women, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Organization for Women, National Women’s Law Center, Union for Reform Judaism, Women of Reform Judaism, The Voter Participation Center, Women’s Law Project, 9to5 National Association of Working Women.


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