Local 369 Woman's Committee
It is with great pride that I write to you today to announce the first Local 369 Woman's Committee. As you know, throughout our nation's history, women have played a significant role in transforming workers' lives. Their courage, spirit and contributions not only changed the labor movement but helped shape our society—and still inspire us today.
In the 1830s, half a century before the better-known mass movements for workers' rights in the United States, the Lowell Mill women organized, went on strike and mobilized in politics when women couldn't even vote in turn creating the first union of working women in American history.
Woman such as Leonora Barry, who took action against the injustice faced by women in the workforce, joined the local women's branch of the Knights of Labor in 1884, a time when the national organization's membership reached its peak. The Knights of Labor originally served as a secret organization for Philadelphia garment workers but was transformed into an association with the objective of promoting the labor reform movement from a uniform position. Barry, who had been forced into factory labor because of economic necessity, represented the organization's ideal working woman. Barry's local branch of the Knights held about 1,500 members at this time. Barry rose within the organization and soon became the Master Workman, or President, of her local branch. In 1885 she became President of District Assembly 65, which included fifty-two local branches and over 9,000 members.
Mother Jones barely five-foot tall was a fearless fighter for workers' rights. Once labeled "the most dangerous woman in America" by a U.S. District Attorney, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones rose to prominence as a fiery orator and fearless organizer for the Mine Workers during the first two decades of the 20th century. Finally, Esther Peterson who was a trailblazer—as a woman and an advocate for workers' rights, she was honored by the National Women's Hall of Fame as "one of the nation's most effective and beloved catalysts for change." In 1981, Esther received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian award, to honor her more than 50 years of activism. These women are just a few examples of how female union workers have impacted the labor movement in a positive way.
Here at Local 369 we have our own "Mother Joneses" serving our Local in various capacities. However, our Local and the labor movement in general need more female involvement. That is why we have created the first Local 369 Woman's Committee and ask you to get involved.
The Woman's Committee will seek to provide a safe environment for women to discuss current workplace issues and strategies for change. Also, the Committee will provide advice and guidance to the leadership of the Local on issues important to women. The Committee will organize and promote elections of women to Union offices, to develop and educate membership on contract language targeted to help working women in Local 369.
Please call the Union Hall at 781-848-3740 to sign up.
Daniel F. Hurley
2014 Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted
Union Vision Center Located at 120 Bay State Drive, Braintree MA will be accepting VSP Insurance for all NSTAR members and retirees.
Local 369 Information
BOSTON MARATHON FUNDRAISER
Teresa Vellucci is a long time member of Local 369 who is running the Boston Marathon this year. Teresa was inspired by the tragic events of last year and is holding a fundraiser in support of the Shriners Hospital, on Thursday April 3, from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. At the Old Colony Yacht Club 235 Victory Road Dorchester MA.
Music will be provided by the official Local 369 DJ and member Joe Peters. Raffle items include Red Sox Tickets, Lyndon Byers Bruins Basket, meat and sea food "fill your freezer", Trader Joes baskets, wine baskets, scratch tickets and much much more.
Please make an effort to attend and support Teresa and the Shriners Hospital.
UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO
Regular Membership Meeting
DATE: April 13, 2014
TIME: 10:00 A. M.
Local 369 Union Hall
120 Bay State Drive
- REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS
- DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED BYLAWS SUBMITTED 2014
- LOCAL 369 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS
DANIEL F. HURLEY,
CRAIG A. PINKHAM,
Coffee & Donuts: 9:45 A.M.
All members in good standing are invited to call the Union Hall at 781-848-3740 and sign-up for bartending shifts. TIPS certification is required. A TIPS training class for non-TIPS certified Members will be announced soon.
Please call the Union Hall 781-848-3740 to sign-up for training or bartender opening.