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10.28.19

CLUW Celebrates Its 20th Biennial Convention

CLUW 20th Biennial ConventionThe Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Celebrated its’ 20th Biennial Convention October 15-18, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The convention theme was “Coming Together to Change the World” where more than 400 delegates and observers were in attendance.

Prior to the opening of the convention, CLUW provided a full day of workshops covering Constitution and Finance; Social Media; Health and Meditation; Race, Class, and Gender Bias; Public Speaking; and Parliamentary Procedure.

For the first time in CLUW’s history, the convention opened with the Presentation of Colors done by Veterans from the CLUW delegation. IFPTE Local 195 President Timothy Rudolph, participated in this historical CLUW moment.

CLUW also formed it’s very first Chorus Chant and Cheer Team. IFPTE, Local 195 Executive Board members Bridget Bryant and Sherry Thomas joined the team and participated in the opening ceremony. This was followed by a warm “Welcome” given by IFPTE Retiree and former CLUW Executive Vice President Dolores Gorczyca.

IFPTE was well represented at the convention and our members served on the following Convention Committees: Elections Committee (Amy Freiburghaus, SPEEA), Sergeant at Arms Committee (Gordon Yi and Behyar Goudarzian, SPEEA), Credentials Committee (Bridget Bryant, Local 195), Escort Committee (Timothy Rudolph, Local 195), and Constitution Committee (Dolores Gorczyca, IFPTE Retiree).

The CLUW Convention was filled with high energy and dynamic speakers such as Elizabeth Shuler (Secretary Treasurer AFL-CIO), Linda Chavez-Thompson (former Executive Director AFL-CIO), Sara Nelson (International President AFA-CWA), and Dolores Huerta (Co-Founder United Farm Workers).

There were various panels which included “Making HERstory” which addressed injustice on multiple fronts, “Teacher Power Rising” highlighting the wave of teachers strikes, and “In Our Hands We Hold the Power”, a discussion regarding the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) and the 2020 Election.

CLUW presented a special performance of “We Were There”, a program celebrating historical union women leaders; and performed by creator, director, and musician Bev Grant and the CLUW National Officers Council. This was a huge hit during the convention and the delegation found it both educational and inspirational.

A special highlight of the convention was when the prestigious “Mother Jones” Award was presented to IFPTE Retiree Dolores Gorczyca by IFPTE Representative and CLUW National Vice President Karen Bellamy Lewis. Dolores was pleasantly surprised and accepted the award with an emotional and heartfelt speech.

The convention culminated with the “Hattitude” Gala, a theme which represents the many hats that women wear. The women and men showed up wearing an array of hats with attitude, and their hearts filled with gratitude.

In conclusion, the 2019 CLUW Convention was a great success!

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