Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference

Source: Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, Cornell ILR, Worker Institute, January 2014

From the summary:
…Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa (Cornell ILR, Worker Institute) collected interviews and data on programs sponsored by six national unions, six local unions, and two non-traditional workers organizations to provide insights on their value to unions and to their women members. They found that the programs continue to increase women’s union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining issues, and address problems like unequal pay and sexual harassment….Gray gave special credit to AFSCME for its leadership in addressing the issues studied in the report, noting that in addition to holding a biennial national women’s conference and regional women’s conferences, it currently is undertaking a national women’s leadership academy—a six- week intensive course to develop women leaders, with a particular focus on moving them up from one level of the organization to the next one (a spot where the union found many women getting stuck)….