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Coalition of Labor Union Women

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Duration: 1974 - current (Africa solidarity work known in the 1980s and early 1990s)
Location: Washington, DC, United States


The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) was formed in 1974. Following months of discussion and planning, more than 1,200 union women from across the U.S. convened in Chicago, IL on March 12, 1974, to form an organization to address the critical needs of millions of unorganized working women and make unions more responsive to the needs of all working women. CLUW’s primary purpose is to serve as an entity where working women could share common problems and concerns and develop action programs within the framework of unions to deal effectively with these objectives. CLUW Local Chapters exist in states and cities across the U.S. CLUW and its local chapters supported campaigns against apartheid in the 1980s. Josephine Lebeau, CLUW Vice-President for New York, was on the Steering Committee of the New York Area Labor Committee Against Apartheid from 1984 into the 1990s. In 1992 CLUW and The Africa Fund hosted an 11-day tour of the U.S. by South African trade unionist Dorothy Mokgalo who recently appointed Gender Coordinator for the anti-apartheid Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).  (Source: CLUW website accessed September 11, 2015; CLUE material on this website; and various material on this website including issues of the newsletter Labor Against Apartheid, New York Area Labor Committee Against Apartheid and Africa Fund News, No. 1 Issue 2, Fall 1992, The Africa Fund)