2017 Lobby Day: CLUW Takes It to the Hill!!
Thank you to CLUW VP Diane Babineaux, IAM and Tanya Hutchins who produced this video.
On March 16th in spite of Storm Stella 65 dedicated CLUW members from throughout the country participated in a Capitol Hill Lobby Day visiting with US Representatives, Senators and Legislative Staff to let them know what was needed for working women and families. A busload left the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD (where the NEB meeting was scheduled the following day) and greeted local members at the Briefing Session (Lobby Day Flier) which took place at the Capitol Visitor Center. The timing could not be better since the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (the GOP’s American Health Care Act) had been introduced on March 6th and hearings in the Senate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice were set to begin on March 20th.
CLUW President Connie Leak welcomed the group encouraging them to continue to “fight for women’s issues.”
Janet Hill, National VP (USW) provided an overview of how much is at stake.
The Healthy Families Act was just introduced the day before by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D CT) in the House and Sen. Patty Murray (D WA) in the Senate. Rachel Lyons, Sr. Gov’t Affairs Mgr., National Partnership for Women & Families described this short term paid sick leave bill acknowledging that at least 41 million private sector workers in the United States cannot earn a single paid sick day. An estimated 22 million women are affected. Find more information in the CLUW fact sheet here.
Sarah Christopherson, Policy Advocacy Dir., National Women’s Health Network reviewed the GOP’s American Health Care Act that will cause 24 million people to lose health insurance at the same time that it provides an average tax cut of $7 million for the 400 richest families in America. Also women would no longer be able to use this insurance at the highly qualified provider of their choice if that provider is Planned Parenthood, which would be barred from receiving federal funds. Planned Parenthood is often the only provider in rural and other underserved areas. More information can be found here.
CLUW members were galvanized to let their legislators know of their opposition to the “Right to Work” Bill. Cecelie Counts, Legislative Representative, Government Affairs, AFL-CIO reviewed the impact of similar bills in the states where there are lower wages and income, lower rates of health insurance coverage, higher rates of infant mortality and poverty, less investment in education and higher workplace fatalities. See fact sheet here.
Ellen Buchman, Ex. VP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights discussed how Neil Gorsuch is an extreme nominee for Supreme Court Justice who does not represent the interests of everyday Americans. He has consistently sided against workers, immigrants, women and consumers, in favor of supporting corporate interests. See fact sheet here for more information.
CLUW lobbyists also distributed a fact sheet to legislators on “‘Official Time is in the Public Interest.”
The day ended with a De-Brief at the AFL-CIO Headquarters. Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler joined us. See video. Check back soon for a full video of the De-Brief session.
CLUW delegations from Michigan, Washington, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York and Oklahoma participated. Feedback forms were overwhelmingly positive about the experience such as,” Great discussions, learned a lot, very receptive to each topic we discussed.” And, ”Interesting, never done before. Felt empowered. Feel we made a statement.”
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