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I am a college student currently working on a research paper titled "women in labor unions". Can you provide me with any information on this topic or can you direct me to another resource? Whatever information you can offer will be much appreciated.

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. For information on "women in labor unions"--there is a great entry under "labor unions" in The Reader's Companion To U.S. Women's History edited by Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem (published by Houghton Mifflin, 1998). If you can get your hands on this book--either through the library, local bookstore or the bookstore at FEMINIST.COM--the entry is historical and includes information about what is happening today. It also includes sub-categories on specific unions such as:

  • Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU)
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Association of Flight Attendants
  • Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union
  • Industrial Workers of the World
  • International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
  • Knights of Labor
  • Nine to Five
  • Service Employees International Union
  • United Auto Workers.
Most of these unions have headquarters in Washington, DC--so you should be able to track them down via information in DC or even their Web pages.


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