Women’s History Month

Local 1930 Official Honored With Labor Activism Award

April 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The International Women’s History Month Red Carpet for Social Justice honored Nina Manning, the secretary-treasurer of New York Public Library Guild Local 1930, on March 29 at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan. Manning was awarded the Audrey Smith-Campbell award which Local 1199 SEIU gives each year to an outstanding woman community activist and labor leader. The award is named in honor of activist Smith-Campbell, who died on the picket line during a 2008 strike for better health care and wages. This year, the annual Women’s Month event celebrated the diverse corps of women in the labor movement and included special guests New York State Attorney General Letitia James and U.S. Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — two women who made history in the 2018 midterm elections. On receiving the award, Manning said: “I enjoy working, helping, teaching and [More...]

Fighting for Equal Pay!

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Women suffrage in 1920 won the right to vote. The 1963 Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay women and men equal pay for equal work. We’ve come a long way, but working women still struggle for pay equity. April 2 is the day women must work until to finally earn what a man earned in 2018. Women working full-time earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man — a figure that rose by less than a nickel since 2000. For women of color it’s worse. Black women must work until August 2 to earn what white men earned in 2018. Latinas earn just 55 cents for $1 paid to a white man. Only Asian women, who achieved pay equity in March, are closing the wage gap. Women are half of New York City’s workforce and population, “yet we have been short-changed by the very economic system that flourishes because of our contributions,” said Laurie A. Cumbo, City Council Majority [More...]

Sisterhood in Leadership

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Stacey Payton is a graduate of DC 37’s first Women’s Leadership Academy. A Local 1359 member who has worked as a New York State housing and community renewal specialist for 29 years, Payton has served as her local’s recording secretary for 12 years. Payton recently completed both the six-month intensive WLA training and the six-week Harvard Trade Union program after reading about them on the union’s website. “The idea was planted while I was attending Cornell University’s labor program,” Payton said. She applied for the Harvard Trade Union program and won the William Lucy scholarship. “My employer is very supportive. When I also saw that my union was offering AFSCME’s leadership training at DC 37 headquarters, it was a no brainer.” “The camaraderie, our sisterhood, and relationships I found at WLA are so valuable,” Payton said. “I learned [More...]

Celebrating the “Everyday Woman”

March 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

By JOSEPH LOPEZ Women’s History Month is not only an opportunity to honor the many women who have made historic contributions to the world, but it’s also a time to appreciate every woman’s unique input in daily life. Local 1549 recognized the “Everyday Woman” on March 4 at its Women’s History Month luncheon celebration. “We are all special in our own right,” said 1549 Women’s Committee Chairperson Tracye Hawthorne to the large crowd of women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and proud city workers and union members. “All women are strong and powerful. They make you and they can break you,” said Local 1549 and DC 37 President Eddie Rodriguez. Guests were treated to performances by the Wings of Glory Dance Missionary and the Local 1549 Choral Group, under the direction of 1549’s Executive Vice President Alma Roper. The program also honored women who [More...]