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Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

A new report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference, by Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, concludes that labor organizations still have a need for women-centered programs and committees. Female union members and the labor unions themselves still gain significant benefits from maintaining internal organizations and programs for women. Gray and Figueroa collected data from both national and local unions, as well as alt labor groups.  They found that such programs, even in female-dominant unions or those headed by women, increase women's union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining and help address issues like sexual harassment and pay inequality.

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Wisconsin Organizer Jennifer Epps-Addison Named Winner of Edna Award

Jennifer Epps-Addison at Wisconsin action. Photo via

Jennifer Epps-Addison, J.D, the executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, has been named winner of the 2013 Edna Award.

The Edna Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. It is named after Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild-CWA and the inspiration behind the Berger-Marks Foundation.

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Berger-Marks Foundation Deadline for Edna Award Is Aug. 16

Veronica Avila, winner of the 2012 Edna Award.

The deadline for the 2013 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award is Aug. 16. The award recognizes a young woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to social justice and to improving the lives of working women and men.

Fill out the nomination form here, and read more about the Edna Award here

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Get a LIFT from Berger-Marks

The Labor Innovation Fund for the Twenty-First Century, aka LIFT, a collaborative project of the AFL-CIO with the Ford Foundation, the Solidago Foundation and the New World Foundation, was recently highlighted by the Berger-Marks Foundation. LIFT gives grants to partnership projects, “conversations around common agendas," and other efforts to link the union movement with community organizing focused on workers’ rights, decent jobs and a fair economy.

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Don't Know Much About Mentoring? Here's How You Learn More

New Union Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Leaders

January is National Mentoring Month 2013, and the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Berger-Marks Foundation continue to encourage unions to expand their mentoring efforts and institutionalize mentoring as part of their training efforts. The two organizations produced The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders and are producing a series of workshops to help introduce mentoring concepts and help unions put together mentoring programs.

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New Union Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Leaders

New Union Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Leaders

The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders, just released by the Berger-Marks Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), provides hands-on advice and concrete tools for unions and other organizations to develop and implement mentoring programs for members and staff.

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Grant Application Process Open for Non-Profits and Unions that Serve Women

Even in the labor movement, the path for women is not always smooth or obvious. With its call for applications for grants, the Berger-Marks Foundation aims to open new doors to women and is looking to help a few good organizations fund their efforts to develop and serve women in the labor movement.

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Latina Activist Wins Berger-Marks’ Edna Award

Ana Maria Archila, co-director of Make the Road New York (MRNY), is the winner of the first-ever Berger-Marks Foundation’s Edna Award for social justice. The $10,000 award recognizes young women whose leadership in the social justice movement has already fueled social change.

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July 15 Deadline for Edna Award Nominations of Young Women Leaders

The clock’s ticking but you still have time to nominate a young woman leader for the Edna Award presented by the Berger-Marks Foundation. The foundation says the $10,000 award recognizes a young woman whose leadership in the social justice movement who has made:

an extraordinary contribution early in her career, and whose achievements indicate that her work will continue to significantly improve the lives of working women and men.

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Three CLUW Chapters Win Berger-Marks Grants

Three Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) chapters have been awarded grants by the Berger-Marks Foundation to help them mentor and promote young women activist and trade unionists.

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