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Working To Empower Union Women: NYSUT Women’s Committee Aims At ‘Nurturing The Next Generation’ Of Female Union Leaders

Published Monday, November 18, 2019 3:00 pm
by Kara Smith/NYSUT Communications
Working To Empower Union Women: NYSUT Women’s Committee Aims At ‘Nurturing The Next Generation’ Of Female Union Leaders

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - To chart its course for the year ahead, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Women’s Committee will meet November 15th and 16th under the theme EmpowerHER at the Statewide Teachers Union’s headquarters in Albany.

Rollout of the NYSUT Sisterhood Grant, which offers funding for NYSUT Members to start local Women’s Committee Chapters, is an event highlight.

The grant was made possible thanks to a generous donation by former NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino.

“We’re excited to once again roll up our sleeves on the Women’s Committee and continue the important work of the NYSUT’s Women’s Movement,” said Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT Executive Vice President, who serves as Committee Chair.

“We’re particularly looking forward to introducing our new mentoring tool-kit to help nurture the next generation of Female Union Leaders,” DiBrango said.

This year’s meeting shines a light on the Members of the committee and the work they’ve done in the field to grow the movement.

A year ago, only 12 NYSUT Women’s Committee Chapters were in existence - now there are 23 and counting.

NYSUT women will share tools to create regional empowerment events and learn how to accelerate the movement in every region of the state.

The meeting will include workshops on a range of issues, from how to form local and regional Women’s Committees, to coalition building with other organizations, to political activism in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Representatives from NYSUT’s Legal Department will provide an overview of legal issues impacting women, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Workplace Discrimination.

The NYSUT Women’s Committee is a permanent, standing committee with four main goals: Encourage more locals to develop in-house Women’s Committees; Educate Female Members about the work of the Union; Highlight women-specific issues, including inequalities in pay, health care and education; and Involve more Union Women in leadership roles.

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