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CLUW members raise funds by holding yard-sale


AUGUST 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

CLUW members raise funds by holding yard-sale


REGION, August 1st- The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Coalition of Union Women (CLUW) held their first fund raiser by conducting a yard sale on Saturday July 18th at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 87, O’Neill Highway in Dunmore, building.

According to Theresa Lipko, who is the Treasurer of Northeastern Chapter of CLUW, approximately $400.00 was raised through the day-long yard sale. Also, Ms. Lipko added that around $300.00 was also added to the organizations funds by people paying their affiliation dues.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 approximately 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.

Melissa Matoushek, an Staff Representative for District Council 87, which represents AFSCME members throughout nine counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and who worked on getting enough people to commit of joining the organization, stated the organization now has enough funds to operate and they are currently planning for a member meeting to discuss what issues the group would like to pursue.

On Wednesday May 27th the organization met at the AFSCME building to select officers which included a President, Vice President, Treasurer and three Trustees.

On July 18th several members of the organization volunteered their time to participate in the yard-sale fund raiser. The group had met before-hand to tag prices for the donated items that were sold.

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