Following on the heels of last year’s historic Women’s March, Utility Worker women from dozens of locals across the country took to the streets once again to march in solidarity and make their voices heard. An estimated 1.6 million people joined the marches across the United States, demonstrating the staying power of this important movement for women’s rights.
This year, Women’s March activists say they are concentrating their efforts on the 2018 midterm elections, and it is no surprise that women in the labor movement are leading the charge — working women know what organizing and collective action are all about.
When interviewed about the marches, UWUA Women’s Caucus co-chairs, Valerie King and Ursula Grant stated, “We all have a collective responsibility to campaign and rally against the injustices that women face. It is important to unite in solidarity with fellow sisters to have one voice driven to effect change. The March was inspirational and a platform for our sisters to continue the fight for women’s rights!”
For our members, activism and solidarity are nothing new. By attending these marches and supporting the ongoing efforts to mobilize into the 2018 midterms, UWUA’s Women’s Committees are joining the chorus of other voices in labor that continue to inspire action to bring about real change. We are proud of our members’ efforts in this movement for women’s rights and workers’ rights.