On January 21st, 2017, Utility Worker women from across the country made the long trek to Washington DC for a historic Women’s March on Washington. Through the impressive organizing efforts of UWUA’s Women’s Committees, hundreds of members joined in this unprecedented nationwide event. The march on Washington DC is said to have drawn a million attendees, and five million people are estimated to have attended marches worldwide.
For UWUA members, activism and solidarity are nothing new. By organizing and attending the marches, UWUA’s Women’s Committees have shown newcomers the energy, enthusiasm, and grassroots experience of working women in the labor movement. The powerful voice of labor continues to inspire action that will grow our movement.
Women’s History Month has been another opportunity for UWUA Women’s committees to spring into action. Around the country, members are organizing “Huddles”—gatherings of UWUA women and men who are eager to continue the fight for women’s rights. Huddles are an initiative started by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. Every 10 days, participants are urged to take a new collective action, and huddles are continually meeting to discuss, strategize and act.
UWUA Women’s Committees are showing the way for a reinvigorated labor movement. By joining their efforts, and learning from their success, we can surely reignite a sorely needed passion for labor activism.