Valerie King – Chair, Women’s Caucus
Union Women Uniting America
Women impacting women: 2019 begins with a call to action to advocate, empower and mentor women. It is important that women seize this moment in history where women are breaking barriers and creating pathways for other women to realize they can rise higher. Building strategic alliances is important to women’s economic development, economic justice, and sustainable development.
Sisters, we can take a concerted approach this year by:
1) Adopting a community program that focuses on women’s health issues, branding our locals and supporting the communities in which we work and live while supporting women in transition; 2) Joining and collaborating with other organizations such as AFL-CIO’s CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women), WILD (Women in Leadership Development), Women’s Global Leadership Program, or the UALE Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations, and much more. Connecting with others at seminars/workshops broadens our learning experiences, creates networking opportunities, comradery and a stronger sisterhood; and 3) Identifying women of all ages within our locals who are strong, bold, innovators, thinkers, and who are passionate about transforming the union movement!
Women’s rights activism, education, and providing tools to develop future women leaders are our goals. My challenge sisters, is for each of you this year to commit to recruiting at least one woman to join us in our campaign to increase participation of women in our locals.