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Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of CLUW on the way


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

Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of CLUW on the way


REGION, November 4th- 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, and who has worked over the past several months getting individuals to join CLUW (Coalition of Union Women) so a regional chapter can be established, told the newspaper a application will be sent to Washington DC this month.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported that Ms. Matoushek had gotten enough people to sign-up to become CLUW members so that a regional chapter can be created. 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.

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.

CLUW is a organization within the labor movement that is sanctioned by the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC.

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 stated everything is a “go” but she was released by AFSCME to help labor supported political candidates in November’s election, and she just did not have enough time to apply for the charter. However, now that the election season is over she will summit the application to Washington AFL-CIO for the establishment of a charter.