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    • Former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, which is bankrolling the suit against the California Teachers Association et al. , Rikki Ward

      Attacks on public employee unions, especially teachers unions, have become a permanent feature of the political landscape. One glaring example is the lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Los Angeles against six California and national teachers unions. The lawsuit purports to defend the “free speech” rights of four California schoolteachers, but its real goal is to silence the collective voice of union members on political and educational issues. Read the entire article by clicking here.

      Former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, which is bankrolling the suit against the California Teachers Association et al.
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      Today in Philly Labor

      “Mentorship is really important, however, you can’t necessarily expect that mentorship is going to magically appear in your life,” says Dina Yarmus (UNITE HERE), chair, Young Women’s Committee and executive committee member of Philadelphia CLUW. Dina made these observations as a guest on “Today in Philly Labor,” a radio talk show, on May 20.  Philadelphia CLUW has a monthly slot on the show.

      Carolyn Jacobson, special assistant to the president, at national CLUW, joined Dina by phone on this show. Carolyn is also secretary-treasurer of the Berger-Marks Foundation which offers free materials on mentoring. She noted that Dina’s words illustrate why the foundation created materials specifically focused on formal (also known an intentional) mentoring programs. 

      Carolyn underscored what Dina said about informal mentoring, noting that women and minorities often are not lucky enough to have access to a mentor. “Our materials allow unions – and labor groups, such as CLUW -- to create and implement formal mentoring programs – which are open to all members. Our materials provide everything that is needed for an accountable and sustainable program,” she said.

      Reflecting on her own experience, Dina explained that being in a mentoring relationship has allowed her to do more than “just complain or vent (which are important, she notes, but can be done with friends, family).”  The big difference, she points out, is that “my mentor (allows me to) reflect back and actually challenges me and helps me think through what needs to happen, what I have to think about, to understand and do better next time – almost like a coach of a sports team.  He or she holds me to a higher standard and thinks about what’s the big picture or what’s the next step…Mentorship is a skill.”

      CLUW, at its September 2014 National Executive Board meeting, adopted a resolution on mentoring, urging chapters to use the Berger-Marks materials to create these programs. 

      The Berger-Marks Foundation exists to bring the benefits of unionization to working women and to assist organizations committed to those principles.  Visit their site here for additional resources.

      To listen to the podcast click here.  Go to 1 hour, 13 minute mark for the beginning of this segment.

      2015 Summer Schools

      The 2015 Western Regional Institute for Union Women will take place on the Reed College campus in Portland, OR, from June 23-27. The Coordinator is Barbara Byrd, University of Oregon LERC. Download brochure here: 2015 Western SIUW brochure

      The 2015 Southern School for Working Women will take place in Miami, FL, July 9-12. It will be hosted by Florida Internaitonal University. The theme is "Know Your Rights: Working in a Globalized Environment". For information, contact Johanna or Danay, Center for Labor Research and Studies, FIU, email: phone: 305.348.2371. Download flyer here: 2015 Southern School Flyer

      The 2015 Midwest School for Women Workers will be held from Sunday July 19 through Thursday July 23, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The school will be hosted by the DePaul University Labor Education Center, and is being coordinated by Nora Kelley. Download the save the date flyer for the 2015 Midwest School for Women Workers here 2015 Midwest School for Women Workers Flyer.

      The 40th Northeast Summer School for Union Women will take place at Penn State University, University Park Campus, from Sunday, July 26 - Thursday, July 30. For more information, contact co-coordinators: Mary Bellman or Amy Dietz, The Labor School at Penn State, 814.865.5425, or , or Carla Insinga, AFSCME Council 13.

      Download brochure here: 2015 Northeast Womens Summer School Brochure.  You can also read more about it and register online here.

      We all know women and men are different. But did you know the symptoms we experience when we have a blockage in our heart arteries can also be different? If you’re expecting chest pain, you may be overlooking some important, less obvious symptoms. Get in touch with your heart’s signals with our CAD Symptoms Checklist.

      This is the second article we are running for National Women's Health Week, a project of the U.S. Department of Women's Health to encourage American women to make their health a top priority and take steps for a longer, healthier and happier life.
      Earlier this year, CLUW became a co-sponsor of the Spread the Word campaign, an awareness campaign for women about coronary artery disease. So it is logical this National Women's Health Week, CLUW is focusing on women and heart health and the Spread the Word campaign.
      If you missed the first Spread the Word piece we posted this week, you can find it here. Also please check the CLUW Facebook Group page for additional campaign-related postings.

      Spread the Word! Don't keep what you learn about CAD close to your chest — share it with someone close to your heart.

      CLUW is a sponsor of the Spread the Word Campaign.

      1,000+ union women who work in construction in the U.S. and Canada came together this weekend for the 5th annual event, which was the biggest to date. It started 14 years ago only for Ca. tradeswomen and has grown to this large international conference. It certainly reached its goal of providing opportunities "to network, learn skills and develop strategies to recruit, retain and advance leadership of women in construction."

      The two and a half day event featured 50 workshops and plenary sessions.

      Pictured here, at the CLUW Roundtable are IBEW/CLUW members, as well as those seeking information about CLUW and about joining it, are (standing), from the left CLUW V.P. Carolyn Williams, NEB Member Jane Templin and CLUW member Donae Osborn; (seated) Dawn Mattox; Deirdre Williams; Summer Zachary.

      Participants Attended Workshops on Racism, Community Engagement and Paid Leave Campaigns and Reproductive Rights Battles in the States.

      About 100 CLUW delegates and observers met in Jacksonville, Florida to set CLUW’s agenda for the remainder of the year through committee meetings, workshops and plenary sessions from April 8-11th. Planning occurred around CLUW’s upcoming 18th Biennial Convention scheduled to take place in Sacramento, CA from November 18- 21st.  
      President Leak revved up the group by emphasizing in her report, “Remember, as we educate and encourage women to move into the seats at the table, that we are the decision makers! Our theme for the 2015 convention is: "Women: Right Time, Right Now!" This is the time to step out and step into our destiny!”

      NEB approves convention committee co-chairs

      We were pleased to be greeted by State President Patty White and Florida First Coast Chapter President Shirley Thomas.  In addition Russell Harper, President, North Florida Central Labor Council and Doris Orr-Richardson, President APWU, Florida State spoke to those assembled (see photo). Read more here.

      Earlier this month CLUW NEB delegates and observers heard a presentation by Carolyn Jacobson, Special Asst. to the CLUW Pres. on Spread the Word, an awareness campaign for women about coronary artery disease which kills more Americans than all cancers combined and is the #1 killer of women in the United States. NEB delegates endorsed the campaign already set in motion by the National Officers Council. Find the resolution here.

      From left – Helen Ramirez-Odell, Co-Chair Women’s Health and Wellness Committee, Tina Manning, Lydia Johnson, Chapter Pres. Stony Brook/L I/Suffolk County, Carolyn Jacobson, Ann Luk, Digital Marketing, CardioDx, and Shelvy Young Abrams, CLUW VP (AFT) with Spread the Word flyers.

      Also at the NEB in an effort to put CLUW’s healthy attitude in effect – CLUW walkers pictured below took to the streets and a certified personal trainer conducted indoor exercises for others.

      This year, CLUW will provide one $500.00 scholarship to each of the 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 click here for the application in a “WORD” version or click here for the PDF version. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2015 to or by fax to 717.564.7491.
      More information on the schools can be found:

      UALE Announces 2015 Summer Schools for Union Women

      The Senate finally confirmed Loretta E. Lynch yesterday (April 23rd) by a 56-43 vote to become US attorney general 166 days after President Obama submitted her nomination to Congress. The fact that this delay occurred because of the Republicans' politicizing a human trafficking bill is a disgrace.  While Loretta Lynch served as Attorney for the Eastern District of New York her district established the most active anti-trafficking record in the country. CLUW President Connie Leak remarked that , "We are very pleased that the Senate took action to confirm this extremely well qualified woman as US Attorney General, but the long wait was yet another example of how Republican senators were playing games with women's lives."

      CLUW has been active in calling for the confirmation to proceed, as evidenced by the resolution that was passed by CLUW's National Executive Board earlier this month.

      On April 9th at the NEB meeting in Jacksonville, Florida three new charters were granted to the North East PA (NEPA), Rochester – Finger Lakes and Rhode Island (not pictured) chapters.  In addition the Greater Fresno Area Chapter was chartered at the previous NEB. Congratulations to all!!

      New NEPA President, Melissa Matoushek receives chapter charter from President Connie Leak and Treasurer Judy Beard
      Kendall Bell, new president of the Rochester - Finger Lakes Chapter with other chapter members receives charter
      Carey Wilson accepts charter for the Greater Fresno Area chapter

      Sisters and Brothers

      The Coalition of Labor Union Women is proud to join with more than 60 national organizations forming A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.

      The United States Postal Service is a national treasure, serving more than 150 million households and businesses each day. It provides affordable mail service to everyone – rich and poor, no matter how remotely located they might be.

      But that tremendous service to our communities and crucial postal jobs are threatened by those who want to profit from this great public institution being dismantled.

      You can make a difference right now. Please sign the pledge to protect the public Postal Service. You’ll be part of the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now and for many generations to come.

      Please take two minutes to watch this video starring actor-activist Danny Glover sharing his personal story about the importance of the Postal Service.

      Then share the video and the Grand Alliance statement on Facebook, Twitter, and with your personal email lists. Encourage your friends and associates to do the same, and know that you have made a difference to protect this beloved American institution.

      In solidarity,

      Connie Leak

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