by Kate Childs Graham | February 14, 2013
The labor movement has lost another giant. This week, just months after we lost Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) leader Joyce Miller, we learn of the passing of Gloria Johnson, a founding member and former president of CLUW.
Johnson served as CLUW’s president from 1993 to 2004, and its treasurer for 17 years prior. At CLUW, she was a strong voice for women’s equality in the workplace and she fought tirelessly for women to have equal access to economic opportunities.
Johnson also served as AFL-CIO vice president, making her the second African-American woman to hold this position. She served on the President’s Commission of the Celebration of Women in American history under Pres. Bill Clinton. She also was the recipient of many significant awards, including the Eugene Debs Award in Labor, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Labor Leader “Nation Builders” Award, and the National Committee on Pay Equity’s Winn Newman Award.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said, “Gloria will be missed by all who have fought for women’s rights, for civil rights and for workers’ rights. She laid the foundation, and it is our job to continue to work for Gloria’s vision of equal rights in the workplace and in every place.”