The most important meal of the day just got more important. Last Thursday, Sept. 29, the New York Amsterdam News celebrated the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) during the 2022 8th Labor Awards Breakfast at 1199SEIU headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

“Sharing this moment with my CLUW sisters and APWU union makes me even more proud than you can ever imagine,” said honoree and CLUW Treasurer Judy Beard. “The work of the union—the work that we do for the union—builds communities, strengthens this country and revives the democracy that we need. That’s the work that we do.”

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CLUW is the only national organization for union women, founded in the ’70s during the time of Roe v. Wade. The breakfast was catered by Harlem-based catering company, Spoonbread Inc. Awards were handed out by the Amsterdam News’ very own Elinor Tatum—the paper’s publisher and editor-in-chief for those who don’t know. 

Another honoree, CLUW Pres. Elise Bryant brought her singing voice to accept her award. But she answered Pete Seeger’s age-old musical question with ease.

“I know which side you’re on, I know exactly which side you’re on” she said to those in attendance. “You’re on the side of justice, you’re on the side of freedom, you’re on the side of women’s rights and equality.”

Tandy Lau is a Report for America corps member and writes about public safety for the Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep him writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift today by visiting:

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