Unions & CLUW Are Essential For Women To Succeed

A Message from CLUW PA President Laura Wentz

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is a constituency group of the AFL-CIO comprised of volunteer women & men throughout the country; that fight for Women’s Rights, Union Rights, Workers Rights, Human Rights & Mother Earth’s Rights throughout the country and the world. We provide training to empower women to run for office, public speaking, and hold conferences on our shared issues.

I came from the non-Union Sector and was organized through the Prince Music Theatre in 2002 with IATSE Local #8. When I look back to the late ’90s, I realize now that I was most likely paid less than the men around me, many of whom I trained.  The Union ensures that all stagehands are aid the same fair wage as per the contract, along with better wages, retirement security, and possible healthcare. All of which I had never had in the non-Union Sector.

CLUW provides a great support system for women, with trainings on leadership, organizing, and much more. Along the way, Kathy Black, Treasurer of Philly CLUW, has been one of my most treasured mentors. She has assisted me, empowered me, and shared her knowledge with me. She is an incredible union leader.  Philly CLUW saved me, taught me, trained me, and empowered me to succeed. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to run for political office and win in 2017 if it wasn’t for my CLUW Sisters & Brothers training me and IATSE Local #8’s endorsement. I am thankful to all my union sisters and brothers for all the support they have given me over the years and will continue to be my support system wherever I go in the future. 

In Solidarity – Laura Wentz

Laura Wentz joined the Union movement nearly 20 years ago when she joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local #8.  She serves as a delegate to the Philadelphia and Delaware County Central Labor Councils and recently became a Vice President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council. This year she was appointed interim President of PA State CLUW.  She joined the leadership of Philadelphia CLUW in 2009 and became chapter president in 2014, a role she held for four years. In 2017, Laura won the Upper Darby Township Council election, where she is now president.  She also serves on the Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Advisory Committee.

We are proud to bring you this message from Laura Wentz, President of PA State CLUW.