St. Louis union sisters elected to lead Missouri CLUW

NEW LEADERSHIP: St. Louis union sisters Cathy Sherwin (left) and Robbie Robertson are the new leaders of the Missouri Coalition of Labor Union Women. – Labor Tribune photo

St. Louis union sisters Robin “Robbie” Robertson and Cathy Sherwin have been elected to lead the Missouri Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

Robertson, secretary-treasurer/union steward for APWU St. Louis Gateway Local 8, was elected the coalition’s president. Sherwin, who’s spent her entire career in the Labor Movement, will serve as vice president. They will be sworn in to their new positions later this spring.

Robertson also serves as vice president of the St. Louis Chapter of CLUW. She joined the coalition in 2014 and was elected to the position of trustee in 2015. Robertson joined her union in 2008, became a certified steward 2010 and was elected secretary-treasurer in 2013. She was also a member of UFCW Local 655 from 2000 to 2003.

“I’m hoping to get more Labor union women involved in the organization and to step up and be leaders,” Robertson said. “I’d also like to see more women get active in our organization in some of the state’s smaller communities like Springfield and Columbia.”

Sherwin, also a member of the St. Louis Chapter of CLUW, recently retired from the Missouri AFL-CIO where she had worked as a regional field communications coordinator. Over her career, she has been a member of CWA Local 6355, the United Media Guild and Painters District Council 2 (now Painters District Council 58).

“My goal is to advocate for women on issues that are important to Labor union women in Missouri,” she said.


Formed in 1974, CLUW is America’s only national organization for union women. Endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the group works to promote affirmative action in the workplace, strengthen the role of women in unions, help organize women who are not in unions and increase the involvement of women in the political and legislative process.

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