Category Archives: Labor Rights

Coalition of Labor Union Women

The Coalition of Labor Union Women is America’s only national organization for union women. Formed in 1974, CLUW is a nonpartisan organization within the union movement.

The primary mission of CLUW is to unify all union women in a viable organization to determine our common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of our unions to deal effectively with our objectives.

CLUW adopted four basic goals of action:

  • to promote affirmative action in the workplace;
  • to strengthen the role of women in unions;
  • to organize the unorganized women;
  • and to increase the involvement of women in the political and legislative process.

These goals continue to be the cornerstone of CLUW’s activities as members speak out for equal pay, child and elder care benefits, job security, safe workplaces, affordable health care, contraceptive equity, and protection from sexual harassment and violence at work.

With members from 54 international and national unions across the U.S. and Canada, CLUW has a strong network of more than 40 chapters. CLUW is endorsed by the AFL-CIO and its international and national unions. CLUW local chapters educate members, keep them up-to-date on a variety of issues of concern to working families, and provide a support network for women in unions.

Committees: Young Women’s Committee; Newsletter; Women in Non-Traditional Jobs; Events Planning



Contact: (Philadelphia Chapter)Laura Wentz, Chapter President, 215.588.5026

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 PM at Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, 22 S. 22nd Street, 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA.

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Media Mobilizing Project

MMP exists to build a media, education and organizing infrastructure that will cohere and amplify the growing movement to end poverty. We use media to organize poor and working people to tell our stories to each other and the world, disrupting the stereotypes and structures that keep our communities divided.

MMP grows out of two histories of anti-poverty, human rights and communication organizing – Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign and Indymedia. From these histories, we learned core lessons: that in an era of consolidated media that doesn’t tell true stories about poor and working people, we need a community-based media production and distribution infrastructure, and that new communications technologies offer vital platforms for disenfranchised communities to share stories and unite across powerful lines of division.

Building on these insights, MMP formed in 2005 and has since strengthened dozens of existing and emerging grassroots struggles and organizations through narrative and resource development, media collaborations, and training; educated over 1000 immigrants, low-wage workers, and youth in audio/video production, digital literacy and human rights; launched radio, TV, and web platforms reaching nearly 50,000 people; shaped the public debate around poverty locally and nationally (including producing a PBS documentary on American poverty that has been seen by over 7.5 million viewers); and led a coalition to win Philadelphia $18 million in federal stimulus funding to break the digital divide.



Contact: (215) 821-9632

Location4534 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

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Good Jobs Now, Make Wall Street Pay
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The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO is comprised of over 100 local labor unions representing close to 200,000 working men and women in the public sector, private industry, and the building and construction trades. The mission of the Council is to bring social and economic justice to working people by giving them a voice on the job, in politics, and in the community.

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The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO is committed to strengthening the union movement by educating and motivating union members, supporting the right of workers to join unions, and creating a powerful political voice that speaks for workers.



Contact: 215-665-9800,

Location: 22 S. 22nd St., Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Philadelphia Jobs With Justice

Philadelphia Area Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor unions and student, community, and faith groups united in our shared work fighting for the rights of all working people–in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, in the media, and on the picket line. We believe in long-term multi-issue coalition building, grassroots base-building, organizing, and strategic militant action as the foundation for building a workers’ movement. We work together in solidarity and in reciprocity, showing our support for each others’ struggles, and we believe that by engaging a broad community of allies, we can win bigger victories.

The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) is a national student organization that works with Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association to create stronger alliances between student and workers and create a stronger and more lasting institution dedicated to fighting for economic justice. Over the last 10 years, SLAPs on various campuses have brought about successful living wage campaigns, the formation of collective bargaining rights for campus staff, and, nationally, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Philadelphia Jobs with Justice has worked with SLAP chapters and students at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College. In April of 2010, members of the Temple University SLAP chapter worked with JwJ alongside PASNAP nurses during their four-week strike at the nearby Temple Hospital. Temple SLAP members played a feature role in the campaign, both at rallies and through their work on campus. Temple SLAP members are currently working to promote the integration of a community-based hiring plan into Temple’s 20/20 development project.

Start a SLAP chapter on your campus!

Supporting student organizing and connecting students with area campaigns is an important part of what Philadelphia Jobs with Justice does. We’re here to help student organizers!

Interested in starting a chapter, or in contacting an existing chapter? E-mail Gwen Snyder at



Contact: (407) 233-6430,

Location: 1315 Spruce Street, Suite #331, Philadelphia, PA 19107

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.