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    • CLUW Chapters and Members will be
      standing with Walmart Workers on Black Friday

      We need YOU!

      All CLUW members are encouraged to attend a Black Friday Protest in their town. 

      Will you be there for Walmart workers on Black Friday? You can find an action near you or sign up to deliver a letter to a store manager by clicking here.  Download Walmart Strikers Sign here.

      Can’t make it out to a store?  Sign the petition for $15 and Full Time by clicking here:

      You can also show your support online for the Walmart strikers:

      Make your own sign (or use the attached-whichever you prefer) saying “I, [INSERT NAME/ORGANIZATION] STAND WITH #WalmartStrikers" and take a picture of yourself holding that sign. Post it on your own social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) or email to That’s it! Please remember to include the hashtag #WalmartStrikers when you do that so we can find and send it out.

      Tens of thousands of teachers, voters, clergy, environmentalists, civil rights leaders to join workers at 1600 protests, calling on Walton family to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time work.

      NATIONWIDE – In the wake of the first-ever sit down strike at Walmart, members of OUR Walmart announced that they will strike across the country on Black Friday in protest of the company’s illegal silencing of workers who are standing up for better jobs. Tens of thousands of Americans said they plan to support workers that day at 1600 protests nationwide—the largest mobilization of working families—calling on Walmart’s owners to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work.

      Even as Walmart brings in $16 billion in annual profits and Walmart’s owners—the Waltons—build on their $150 billion in wealth, the majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year.  Read the entire article by clicking here.

      In an election night that was rather disappointing for working families and their candidates, one bright spot was the success of several state ballot initiatives dealing with some core worker issues, including wages, equal pay, education and paid sick leave. Here’s a quick look.

      St. Louis, Mo. – "If you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where you are going,” was an observation consistently made by the late Addie Wyatt, a founder and Executive Vice President Emerita of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). 

      Wyatt, a long-time leader of the United Packing House Workers in Chicago, would have been proud to witness a recent Veteran Feminists of America conference celebrating the inter-related histories of the feminist movement and the labor movement -- a conference where CLUW Chicago President Katie Jordan, a friend and colleague, spoke about Sister Addie Wyatt’s contributions.

      Moderated by VFA chair and NOW co-founder Muriel Fox, the panel also included stories about Caroline Davis and Dorothy Haener (UAW) and Catherine Conroy (CWA) also founding members of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Conroy, an activist from Wisconsin, had said that she often felt like she was “the token labor woman in the women’s groups and the token feminist at the union meetings.” Millie Jeffrey (UAW) was also honored.

      Veteran Feminists of America is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the history of “second wave” feminism, from the 1960s to 1975, including progress on reproductive rights, employment and education rights, and the equal rights amendment to the Constitution.  The VFA conference, “Labor & the Women’s Movement:  The Untold Story and Why It Matters,” was held in St. Louis Sept. 27th to celebrate the contributions of labor women and to chart a joint path forward.  

      As we will see, “first wave” feminism focused mainly on suffrage ending with the nineteenth amendment in 1920 securing women’s right to vote. “Third wave” feminism” – which describes the movement’s present form – is built on these legal and institutional rights, but focusing on intersections between racial, economic, LGBTQ and gender justice, while adding social media to the mix.

      A number of union women were recognized by the Veteran Feminists of America for their outstanding work.  Pictured from the left are CLUW members from the St. Louis Metro Chapter Marcia Cline, Alice Moore-Jones, Tina Hays and Carol Johnson.  Not pictured is another CLUW winner, Linda Whitley. Award recipient also not pictured is Mary Bennett, CLUW member from the Chicago Chapter.

      Read the entire article by clicking here.

      What's New at Coalition of Labor Union Women

      This video entitled the "Next Generation of IBEW Organizing" shows the Youth Movement within IBEW Local 1245, in California. 

      All of the women in this video are active members of the Central California Chapter of CLUW.  One of the members is Donchele Soper who was one of the participants in the Young Workers Panel at the 2013 CLUW Convention in Reno, Nevada. 

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