A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
When: Thursday, May 19, 7:30pm
Where: New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: free; dinner for $8.50
Speaker: Guerry Hoddersen
A participant in the founding convention of the Coalition while driving a truck for UPS and a member of Teamster Local 174; today a member of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 775
What can be done when organizations that were formed to stand up for all workers treat people of color and women as second class citizens? In the 1960s and ‘70s, working women in and out of unions fought to revolutionize the U.S. labor movement and make it truly representative of the whole working class. That involved a fight with the predominantly, but not exclusively, white male officialdom. A key battlefield was the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Would it be window dressing for the male leadership, who were under intense pressure from the feminist movement, or help organize millions of unorganized women workers and pry open the doors of high paid craft unions to everyone, regardless of race or sex?
Guerry Hoddersen represented Radical Women in this struggle, whose outcome still reverberates in today’s labor movement. Learn this exciting history and share ideas on how to wage the good fight for unions that are militant, democratic, effective and inclusive. Everyone welcome.