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Enough signatures gained for Northeastern chapter of CLUW

12.02.14

OCTOBER 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Enough signatures gained for Northeastern chapter of CLUW

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, October 2nd- Enough people have signed-up to become members of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC sanctioned Coalition of Union Women (CLUW) for a regional chapter to be formed.

The newspaper has exclusively published several news articles in the past several editions regarding the attempt of a Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of CLUW being formed. However, before a chapter could be awarded enough people must become members of the organization. The minimum amount needed before a chapter would be awarded is 25, according to Melissa Matoushek, a Staff Representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 87 Union in Dunmore, which represents AFSCME members throughout nine counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The first meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was held in August at the AFSCME District Council 87 building on the O’Neill Highway in Dunmore, Lackawanna County.

CLUW is a organization within the labor movement that is sanctioned by the AFL-CIO. The organization was formed in 1974 and currently has more than 75 chapters throughout the nation and a membership of approxiamtely 20,000 women and men.

CLUW’s primary goal is to be a resource to all union represented women to develop action programs within the framework of the labor community to deal with women objectives in the workplace. The basic objective of CLUW is to promote affirmative action in the workplace, increase participation of women in their labor unions, organize the unrepresented, and engage women in the political and legislative process.

Ms. Matoushek told the newspaper that approximately 27 people have become members of CLUW, including several men. At least 24 of the people that have signed-up to join the organization are women, mostly members of labor organizations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. She will apply for a charter over the next several weeks, Ms. Matoushek told the newspaper.

Anyone wanting to join the organization or needs more information can contact Ms. Matoushek at (570) 352-8006. Her e-mail address is: nepacluw@gmail.com.