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Coalition of Labor Union Women: Metro-Detroit Chapter Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001614
Important subjects in the collection: Affirmative action programs Discrimination in employment Equal pay for equal work Equal Rights Amendment Sexual harassment Women labor leaders--Michigan Women labor union members--Michigan

Important correspondents in the collection: Marilou Cheff Millie K. Hall Olga M. Madar Joyce Miller

Dates

  • 1974 - 1995

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (12 MB), 1 OS)

Abstract

The Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women was founded as the Wayne County Chapter of CLUW at the Southeastern Michigan Organizing Conference in July 1974. Their goal was to bring together as broad a representation as possible of union women living or working in Wayne County to identify common problems and develop union-centered programs to deal with them. Their records reflect activities concerning strike assistance, affirmative action, ERA, and sexual harassment.

History

The Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) was founded as the Wayne County Chapter of CLUW (the name change came in 1980) at the Southeastern Michigan Organizing Conference in July of 1974, where 250 women from 26 national and international unions met to form local county chapters of CLUW. Their goal was to bring together as broad a representation as possible of union women living or working in Wayne County to identify common problems and develop union-centered programs to deal with them.

In its early organizational stages, under the leadership of co-chairs Mabel Holleran (Local 42, OPEIU) and Gyneze Williams (UAW), the Metro-Detroit Chapter participated in the demonstrations of the United Farm Workers and assisted striking, predominantly women, workers at Helm Company and Detroit Optometric Centers. In 1977 Marilou Cheff (DFT) was elected Metro-Detroit CLUW's first president and remained in office until 1991, when Millie Hall (Local 494, OPEIU), the organization's current president, took over. Under their presidencies, the chapter grew in membership and activity, supporting affirmative action in the Detroit public schools through its Public Employees and Public School Task Force, collaborating with NOW and other groups in pro-ERA actions, organizing the annual Olga Madar Award Dinner and International Women's Year, Women's Equality Day and Working Women's Awareness Week events as well as publishing a regular column in the Detroit Labor News.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The records of the Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by chapter president, Millie Hall, in February of 1995.

Related Materials

CLUW collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 2005.
Title
Guide to the Coalition of Labor Union Women: Metro-Detroit Chapter Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2005-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA