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Celebrate union women with CLUW; join King Co.’s chapter

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2021) — The Coalition of Labor Union Women is America’s only national organization for union women. At its founding convention in Chicago in 1974, CLUW adopted four core objectives: to empower women for greater participation at all levels in the labor movement; to organize the unorganized; to promote affirmative action, social and economic justice in the workplace; and to increase the participation of women in the political and legislative processes.

Today, 47 years later, those 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.

CLUW will celebrate its 47th anniversary Wednesday, March 24 with We Were There, a play written by Bev Grant celebrating great historical women leaders to current activists with the Labor Heritage Foundation. This Facebook Live event begins at 4 p.m. Pacific time. In addition to the play, CLUW will be honoring founding members. RSVP for the event here.

(UPDATE: You can watch the recorded event here.)

With members from more than 70 international and national unions across the United States, CLUW has a strong network of 36 chapters throughout the nation. 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.

In Washington state, CLUW has a King County chapter with Jo Blake of the Machinists Union (IAMAW) 751 as its chapter president. She also represents CLUW as a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Email Jo for more information about how to get involved, or go ahead and download and send in your application for King County CLUW. Also, follow the King County CLUW Facebook group.

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