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      This year, in honor of silence breakers everywhere, the Coalition of Labor Union Women and our partners in the Equal Pay Day Coalition – women’s rights, civil rights, and labor rights advocates -- is using the 2018 Equal Pay Day, April 10th to shine a light on efforts to level the playing field between employees and employers by focusing on pay transparency as a means of closing the gender wage gap. Join us in calling for:

      • EEOC pay data collection;
      • Passage of the federal Paycheck Fairness Act and local/state bills that close the gender wage gap; and
      • High road employers who post salary ranges, limit the use of prior salary, conduct pay audits, and protect employees who discuss pay at work.

      WHAT: Equal Pay Day Coalition Social Media Storm

      WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

      WHERE: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat using hashtags #equalpayday, #talkpay, and #time4transparency.  (see sample tweets below)

      BACKGROUND: Equal Pay Day -- April 10, 2018 -- is the approximate date the typical woman must work to make what the typical man made at the end of 2017. Women who work full time, year-round in the United States are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Over a 40-year career, this can cost a woman over $400,000. When you factor in race, the wage gap is wider. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Latinas earn 54 cents for every dollar, Black women earn 63 cents for every dollar, and White women earn 79 cents for every dollar.

      Therefore, while Equal Pay Day compares all women to all men, the Equal Pay Days for women of color fall much later in the year. Women of color, therefore, must work far longer to achieve equity, while losing far more over the course of their lifetimes. That’s not equitable at all. And in 2018, it’s no longer acceptable.

      It’s time for multi-pronged solutions that seek to close the gender wage gap by addressing its many contributors: lack of pay transparency, hiring, pay and promotion discrimination based on gender and at the intersections of race, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and caregiver status; occupational segregation; wage theft and an inadequate minimum wage; unfair workplace policies; lack of paid leave; lack of affordable childcare; and sexual harassment in the workplace.

      Find some sample tweets here:

      • Harsh Reality: Women are paid 80¢ for every $1 paid to men. We need #equalpay now! #EqualPayDay
      • Over a 40-year career, the avg woman loses $418K to the #WageGap. But many groups of women lose so much more than that. We need #EqualPay now! #EqualPayDay #TalkPay
      • Increasingly, women are heads of household. Paycheck unfairness hurt America’s working families  #EqualPayDay #EqualPayNow
      • The #PaycheckFairnessAct would help close the #wagegap by giving workers stronger tools to combat wage discrimination. #EqualPayDay
      • Unions can boost women's wages by nearly 30% and may help narrow the gender wage gap #EqualPayDay #UnionsMatter

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      It is with a heavy heart that we notify you of the death of Carolyn Jacobson after a 2 year valiant battle with endometrial cancer.

      Elise Bryant, CLUW’s President describes Carolyn this way, ”Activist, unionist, educator and hell raiser, we give thanks for the spirit, intelligence and passion Carolyn brought to everything she put her hand to. Like our foremothers Mother Jones, Olga Madar and Sojourner Truth, Her spirit marches on!”

      After graduation in 1972 from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations Carolyn served as an intern at the AFL-CIO in publications and public relations and then worked for 28 years as the director of public relations for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Miller International Union (BCTGM).  During that time she was the union’s representative to CLUW, coordinated union women, participated in women’s activities and formed a women’s committee.

      She obtained a Masters of Science degree (Communications) in 1979 from American University.

      Carolyn was committed to CLUW from the beginning as a founding member, having attended the first conference in Chicago 44 years ago this month. She served as a project consultant and special assistant to the CLUW President for 15 years.

      After retiring from BCTGM in 2001 she created and directed CLUW’s Contraceptive Equity Project to make sure that unions knew they had a right to demand contraceptive coverage in their health plans if the plan covered other preventive drugs and devices. When it shut its doors in early 2004, the project had succeeded in assisting millions of union families secure contraceptive equity in their health plans. CLUW continued to urge union women to check to see if their plans covered contraception… and if the plan didn’t, CLUW asked them to urge their respective union to pursue the issue… reminding them that “the union can threaten the employer with a law suit under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”  Read more here.

      Every year annual reports are required to be completed by CLUW chapter and state officers by March 31, 2018 in order to be in compliance with the CLUW Constitution.  The report booklet can be accessed and completed online by following the instructions under the Member Resources tab (CLUW Annual Report) on the right hand column of this website.  In order to access Member Resources you must register to become a website member (Register here).

      You must be a CLUW dues paying member in good standing to qualify. Dues renewal information is posted on the website under the Membership tab with online and hard copy application download available.

      What's New at Coalition of Labor Union Women

      In celebration of Women’s History Month CLUW, with co-sponsors of the Labor Heritage Foundation and the AFL-CIO Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, was proud to sponsor a performance of activist and song-writer Bev Grant’s (AFM) inspiring project “We Were There” at the AFL-CIO National Headquarters on March 19th.

      “We Were There!” is a multi-media women's labor history project which features voices, songs and projected images depicting our sisters' struggles to fight for their rights and justice for their communities. CLUW President and Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant coordinated the local production that you can see by watching the video snippet above as Bev Grant and the performers joined together for the closing song. To hear a full rendition of the title song, performed by Bev Grant with the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, click here.

      The hour long program allowed local leaders, including CLUW members Carolyn J. Williams, Connie Cordovilla, Huayra Forster, Tanya Hutchins, Tsika Pasipanodya and AFL-CIO Secretary - Treasurer Liz Shuler among others, to represent historical characters as a tribute and acknowledgment of their work and on-going legacy. See the program for the full list of participants and the extraordinary women they were portraying.

      From abolitionist Sojourner Truth, to farmworkers rights activist Dolores Huerta, and with a special addition of CLUW’s founding president Olga Madar, the project successfully brought the voices of women’s past to the forefront with a powerful musical and visual touch that was truly unique and memorable.

      To learn more about this program visit Bev Grant’s Website here.

      "Liz Schuler performing her role as Olga Madar, the first president of CLUW"

      "Carolyn J. Williams plays abolitionist and teacher Charlotte Forten"

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