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    • Attention!! The absolute deadline for reservations at the Convention Hotel is Wednesday, August 16th at 9 AM ET. You must Act Now to secure your room! Convention Registration is still being accepted at the full rate. 

      Visit our Convention Page and Register here.

      What’s coming up on July 31st? Black Women’s Equal Pay Day! Far from a celebration, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day reveals the date to which the average Black woman in this country has to work to catch up to the earnings the average white man made in 2016.

      Let’s make this clear. Black women have to work all of 2016 and up to July 31st in 2017, to make the same amount as the average white man made in 2016 alone. That’s 63 cents to the white man’s dollar. Ridiculous.

      This inequity is long standing but we can speak out. This year CLUW is joining efforts with organizations across the country to raise awareness of this injustice by participating in a Twitter Storm from 2:00-3:00 PM ET this Monday, July 31st. This mass social media mobilization makes sure that the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay gets trending, enabling all the information, action requests, and voices brought forward to be recognized by a larger audience.

      In order to make this work we need your voices! Show your solidarity on July 31st by getting on Twitter between 2:00-3:00pm ET and tweeting out against the wage discrimination impacting Black women using the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay. You can share statistics, encouragement to take political action, personal experiences, love notes to the hardworking Black women in your life, etc.

      Feel free to write your own tweet or use one of our sample tweets below:

      • Black women deserve a whole paycheck, not 63% of one. #BlackWomensEqualPay
      • Recognizing #BlackWomensEqualPay Day. The day in 2017 the average working Black woman has finally caught up to the wages earned by the average white man in 2016.
      • Black women make this country great, it’s time we pay them justly for it. #BlackWomensEqualPay
      • This #BlackWomensEqualPay Day I’m thanking my union for working to close the pay gap.

      For more information on the upcoming Twitter Storm and additional sample tweets please check out:

      And for more information regarding the pay disparity for black women, resources, and action links for what you can do about it read more here:

      The 2017 Midwest School for Women Workers will be held from July 16 -20, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School for Workers. For more information, email them at: or download a Save the Date flyer here.

      The 2017 Northeast School will be at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA, from Saturday, July 22nd through Wednesday, July 26th. For more information, email them at:, download a Save the Date flyer here.

      The 2017 Western Summer Institute for Union Women will take place June 28 -July 1 at Ala Moana Hotel, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme is "Continuing the Legacy: Responding with Direction, Unity and Strength". The coordinator is Leslie Lopez at ; or  808.689.2764. Download Save the Date flyer here.  More information is available on their website, including registration, schedule, and hotel and flight information

      The 2017 Southern Women Worker Summer School will be held at Highlander Center, Newmarket, TN, from July 20 - July 23. The theme is "Building Worker Power in the South!". For information, contact Susan Williams at Highlander Center: at; 865.360.7042.  Download Save the Date flyer here. Register online here.

      On March 17th at the opening of the NEB meeting President Connie Leak outlined some of the challenges we were facing under the GOP/Trump Administration, but that we were up to the task as our convention motto expressed “ Women: Taking It to The Streets” and that is what we would be doing.  Since this NEB was the last before our convention in Detroit in September much time was spent by committees planning and making recommendations.

      We were pleased to have Donna Edwards, Secretary-Treasurer of the MD and DC AFL-CIO and Carlos Jimenez, Executive Director of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO participate and welcome us to the area.

      Congressman Jamie Raskin Addresses CLUW NEB

      On March 18 Congressman Jamie Raskin was greeted by CLUW NEB members and observers decked out in their new CLUW t-shirts with the slogan “Can You Hear Us Now?”  (see photo above)

      He expressed that he was particularly pleased to join us, not only because he respects CLUW but also because the NEB (held at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD) is in his district.  In acknowledging his recent race for the House of Representatives as a first time congressman, he shared that he was outspent 20 – 1 but he had something his opponents did not have, “I had the labor movement on my side.”  He urged us to “keep fighting, keep building, keep organizing and it’s a great pleasure to be your ally in Congress”.  You can find his complete remarks here.

      Diane Babineaux, CLUW Vice President and members of IAM who
      expressed their appreciation upon her pending June IAM retirement.


      What's New at Coalition of Labor Union Women

      CLUW contingent gathers in Garfield Park prior to the March on Washington

      "The energy was electric...we all felt it.   This was a true demonstration of the power that women possess when we come together on one accord. I feel blessed to have shared in that moment and I am looking forward to the movement."  Karen Bellamy-Lewis, IFPTE

      As we prepare for CLUW’s upcoming convention with the theme of “Women: Taking It To The Streets” the most inspiring event encapsulating that theme this year was the Women’s March on Washington.  CLUW members participated enthusiastically in DC as well as throughout the country.

      A few of their impressions are expressed here and in the 2017 Women's March Photo Gallery, which we invite you to view.

      “It was electrifying. The energy was unbelievable. I shared the experience in DC with my 18 year old daughter. We spent many hours with 2 women who were in their 70s and this was not their first march in DC. They told my daughter, this may be your first but it won’t be your last. You will always be responsible to stand up for your rights, to stand up and fight back. January 21st showed me we have numbers, we have the power. It is now the time to organize, mobilize and to win back our country. I think they woke a sleeping giant and then poked that giant in the eye.”  Cori Gambini R.N., CWA

      “What meant the most to me was how many young people were there, and how many of all ages have never attended a women's rights march before.  A giant force has been awakened and unleashed!  I feel very optimistic they won't let us go backwards.” Kathy Black, AFSCME

       “I helped as a Peace Ambassador at the San Jose, CA March - and I am happy to report peace making skills were not needed. In 40 years of participating in rallies, dating back to Vietnam, I have never been to a more enjoyable, celebratory, peaceful gathering advocating for change. In a city not known for March turnouts (with San Francisco so close by) San Jose knew 2 hours before the start that expectations would exceed the most optimistic predictions - this despite rains that have been torrential in California (just a bit that day). BIGGEST MARCH in the City in over 20 years ago. Close to 30,000 marchers of all genders, religious affiliations, nationalities, color, ethnicities, political philosophies, ages (including a proud group of 4 generations of women), disabled helped by able-bodies, etc, were all on the same page - WOMEN'S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS, adding that it also applied to underserved rights. No arrests, no violence, and new friends were made. It was truly a celebration of diversity & human rights. It has COMPLETELY renewed my faith and my resolve. I LOVED IT. Si se puede!” Nancy Biagini, CWA

      “There was such a coming together of so many people from all walks of life to make a stand. I was overwhelmed with the feeling of family at this march. “ Stephanie Reynolds, AFSCME

      CLUW President Connie Leak invites you to “Come join us in Detroit where we will continue to ‘Take It The Streets’ and where that fightback spirit evidenced in January will be soaring as we make it known – NO Turning Back!” 

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