St. Louis CLUW announces new leadership team

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NEW LEADERSHIP: The St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women 2018-2019 executive board members include: (front row, from left) Recording Secretary Joyce Ribbert, Trustee Harriet Weaver, Second Vice President Sheri Gassaway, Treasurer Marcia Kline, and Vice President Sonja Gholston Byrd. In back (from left) are longtime member Jan Scott, Carlene Lang-Smith, longtime member Pam Ross and President Kim Cook Bell. Board members Dorothy Lewis, Rosie Robertson and Tina Cramer were not present. – Labor Tribune photo

The St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) has announced the results of its 2018 executive board election:

Kim Cook Bell (UAW Local 2250), president.

• Sonja Gholston-Byrd (CWA Local 6300/United Way of Greater St. Louis), 1st vice president.

• Sheri Gassaway (United Media Guild/Labor Tribune), 2nd vice president.

• Joyce Ribbert (Machinists District 837, Lodge A), recording secretary;

• Tina Cramer (UAW Local 2250), corresponding secretary.

• Marcia Cline (several local unions/United Way of Greater St. Louis), treasurer.

• Carlene Lang-Smith (Machinists District 837, Lodge A), national executive board delegate.

• Dorothy Lewis (UAW Local 110), national executive board delegate.

• Harriett Weaver (UFCW Local 655), trustee.

• Rosie Robertson (APWU St. Louis Gateway Local 8), trustee.

“I am honored to have been elected president of the chapter and look forward to empowering labor union women with the tools they need to ensure success,” Cook Bell said. “I’m also hoping to broaden the scope of the chapter’s visibility while working toward membership expansion.”

The St. Louis chapter of CLUW has been active in the St. Louis Labor Movement for 44 years. Its members have engaged in the fight to defeat “right-to-work (for less)” and paycheck “protection” (deception) efforts, joined the CATE coalition to expose sex and labor trafficking here and abroad and have stood with low-wage workers in the Show Me $15 (Fight for $15) organizing drives fighting for $15 an hour and a union.

For more information on the St. Louis chapter or to join the group, call Cook Bell at 636-544-5411.

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