Now is the time more than ever for women to take issues that affect working families and women to the polls. Women are under attack and it is time we show our power through the ballot box. The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) has been on the front lines for over 42 years advocating for legislation that improves the economic stability for women and working families.
Women make 78 cents of every dollar a man earns which impacts their households. We must continue to organize the unorganized and fight for equal pay. Women who are in unions earn more than women who are not in unions.
Many of us have sisters, children, grandchildren and loved ones that we want to have the right to affordable education, healthcare be paid and treated equally. Women have always been the deciding factor of elections.
Join CLUW NOW to share your issues that you are taking to the polls and encourage others to join us.
With limited days left until the Presidential election, what issues are you taking to the ballot box? Join CLUW and let your voice be heard!
1. Print out a #CLUWVOTES sign and tell us what issues you are voting for this election:
See samples to download to make your own:
3. Send your photo(s) along with your Name, Union and Email Address to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on our social media! Those whose photos are selected will be entered in a raffle to win a prize!
Women, let's decide our future. We can make it happen. We look forward to your participation!
***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN***
The Early Conference and NEB Registration Deadline is being Extended past October 14th, but do not delay! This will not last long!!
Hotel Reservation Deadline is October 21st or when CLUW's room block is full whichever comes first. See below for Overflow Hotel Information.
The CLUW National Executive Board will be meeting on November 13. All CLUW members who are not members of the NEB are welcome to attend as observers. See Tentative Agenda for NEB and Conference.
Conference sessions are designed to give union women skills so they can play prominent roles in their unions and their communities. This training will offer several tracks of in depth education (you will be expected to choose one) as well as a number of elective workshops.
Here is a sampling with a complete listing and descriptions that can be found here.
Educational Tracks: 1. Skills for Emerging Leaders, 2. Organizing for Change, 3. Are You Thinking About Running for Office? Now is the Time! 4. Public Speaking...Yes I Can! (you will be expected to choose one).
Elective Workshops: Workplace Bullying and the Duty to Represent; Using Reproductive Justice to Mobilize!; Strengthening U.S. Policies to Reflect Working Families’ Lives; Courageous Conversations.
Conference Package prices include conference, materials, lunch each of the 3 days of the conference and a light reception. $250 for CLUW members and $300 for non - members. A $50 late fee applies after October 14th. All union members and allies are encouraged to attend. Save The Date Flyer can be found here.
Hotel Information: All events will take place at the Tropicana Las Vegas at 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. The CLUW hotel room charge is $99.00 single/double plus $15.00 resort fee and current taxes of 12% per room, per night which includes high speed wireless internet in guest rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center and bottled water. Please click here for more hotel information.
Room reservations should be made ASAP but no later than October 21st directly with the Hotel by calling (800) 634-4000 (group code STCLU or Coalition of Labor Union Women) or by booking online by clicking here.
Overflow Hotel Information:
CLUW has arranged an Overflow Hotel with Circus Circus Las Vegas at 2820 Las Vegas Blvd. So, Las Vegas, NV 89109 for specific days when the Tropicana Las Vegas is sold out. Deadline is November 1, 2016. Make your reservations ASAP. Here are links to make reservations:
11/11/16 thru 11/13/16: https://aws.passkey.com/go/CW11CL1
11/16/16 thru 11/17/16: https://aws.passkey.com/go/CW11CL2
If you need further assistance with hotel reservations please contact the CLUW Office.
Find Las Vegas Visitor’s Information here.
9 Questions to Ask About Postsurgical Pain Management
by Vera Sizensky
(Editor's note: This is the latest article in the monthly service provided by CLUW from HealthyWomen. Each article addresses a topic large numbers of respondents asked for in the CLUW/HealthyWomen 2015 survey. Note that we have added a HealthyWomen link on the top of the homepage. We are archiving previous 2016 articles there.)
One of the best ways to ease anxiety about a major event, like surgery, is to plan ahead. Conversations about postsurgical pain management need to happen before your procedure, so you can focus on your recovery after surgery is complete.
Here are 9 questions you should ask your attending health care professional before having surgery.
What should I do before my surgery?
Make sure you understand your health care provider's instructions about eating and drinking. Anesthesia administered during surgery may require you to have an empty stomach.
What can I expect on the day of my surgery?
Preemptive or preventive pain relievers may be given, in addition to general anesthesia or other sedatives before surgery. Local anesthetics may be used during surgery to numb the area and help control pain. These may be placed directly into the surgical site, into or around a nerve ("nerve block") or close to the spinal cord("epidural"). Ask your health care provider to walk you through the pain management plan so there are no surprises. Read more here.
2016 Midwestern Summer School Attendees
Thanks to scholarships provided by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), four (4) CLUW members were able to participate in the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2016 Women’s Summer Schools. Each sister took part in workshops covering a range of topics including Common Sense Economics, FMLA, Sexual Harassment and the Rights a Worker Has, and Storytelling and Public Speaking. Throughout the Summer Schools was a common goal: to educate women on the rich history of the labor movement in the cities where the schools were held, and to highlight some female pioneers of the movement.
Reports received from scholarship recipients highlighted how grateful they were to CLUW as they shared their experiences. Each award recipient got a chance to speak on CLUW before the attendees at their respective school.
“I felt empowered,” said Michelle Kutchinsky of the Northeast Summer School. “I got up in front of the room and spoke about CLUW within the first half-hour of the conference to a room of about 200 strangers.”
At the Midwest Summer School, after a speech by CLUW Chicago Chapter President Katie Jordan about the history of CLUW and the important roles this organization has played in getting legislative laws passed that help support working women and their families, scholarship recipients Sherron Molina and Robin Robertson were also able to speak on behalf of CLUW about their scholarships. Breaking the ice with such topics set the stage for the days of learning ahead.
Over the course of the three days, the attendees felt a sense of comradery; they networked and grew closer to their union sisters. Kerry Woods of the Western Summer School recalled a time when they all boarded a bus to support rallying workers at El Super, a regional supermarket chain. “We rallied in front of the store chanting in both English and Spanish. The management of the store did not know we were coming and were taken aback by how many of us were there.” The workers of El Super, who are working with UFCW and have been fighting for a contract for years, were grateful for their help.
Together, the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work, rises in solidarity with Native Americans and our allies in protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and defending Native lands from exploitation by corporations and the U.S. government. We advocate for a progressive labor movement rooted in dignity and respect of all peoples, including Native Americans and their families. See full press release here.
What's New At Coalition of Labor Union Women
Beatrice Lumpkin, long time CLUW member (Chicago Chapter) addressed the delegates at the American Federation of Teachers’ Convention in Minneapolis on 7-20-16. She was part of a panel and talked about her lessons from spending 83 years in labor and community organizing. Then, on 7-21-16 the AFT Women's Rights Committee presented her with a Living the Legacy Award.
Bea is a founding member of CLUW and at 98 years old she is believed to be the oldest active CLUW member. On March 27, 2014 CLUW honored her with the Pioneer Award during the 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Sister Lumpkin became an activist in high school in New York City during the Great Depression (1933). She was part of the fight that won unemployment insurance and social security and fought for women’s rights. She helped organize laundry workers in New Your City in 1937. Moving to Buffalo she worked in a radio factory represented by UE. During the war she fought for the double V – Victory against fascism abroad and Victory against racism at home.. She was active along with her husband who was a steel worker in Chicago. She later became a mathematics teacher and joined the Chicago Teacher Union and was a stalwart in 1971 at the strike at Malcom X College. Since joining CLUW she has been a vice president of the Chicago CLUW chapter, a delegate to the National Executive Board and a delegate to most CLUW Conventions. She is also an author and mother of 4.
Congratulation for a life well lived!