Las Vegas – Robin “Robbie” Robertson, president of the Missouri chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), has been honored with a Clara Day Award from the national CLUW organization.
Robertson, secretary-treasurer/union steward for APWU St. Louis Gateway Local 8, was one of four state presidents to receive the award at the CLUW 20th Biennial Convention last month in Las Vegas. She is also a member of the St. Louis CLUW chapter.
“This award belongs to my sisters of the Missouri CLUW chapters who have dedicated countless hours of their time to fight for women’s equal rights in this Labor Movement,” Robinson said in accepting the award.
Robinson said that the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters of CLUW have expanded in the last couple years to partner with constituency groups to assist the less fortunate. She added that both chapters partnered with the Missouri AFL-CIO to help with the Prop A campaign.
The late Clara Day was a founding member and original officer of CLUW. Day, a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, initially served as Midwest vice president and then as a national vice president. In 1988, she was elected as executive vice president and held the position until 2001 when she became ill.
The Clara Day award recognizes CLUW state presidents who represent Day’s courage, strength and leadership in paving the way for a new generation of young women in the Labor Movement.