SAG-AFTRA member Alma Washington was honored by the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) at the 35th Annual Florence Criley and Olga Madar Awards on March 20. Alma was this year's Olga Madar Award winner. Madar was the first woman to be elected to the UAW International Executive Board and CLUW's first president.
Marking the celebration of International Women's Day, the event was a chance for CLUW - a labor coalition founded 40 years ago this March - to pay tribute to its recipient's activism for women's rights.
A longtime member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity, Alma is currently serving her third term on the Chicago Local Board. She has also been a convention delegate and participates in several SAG-AFTRA committees. Demonstrating her strong advocacy for women's rights, she is a board member of Working Women's History Project and the Illinois Labor History Society.
CLUW was formed when 3,200 women union members gathered in Chicago to address issues affecting all women in the workplace. Their slogan: "We didn't come here to swap recipes." The result of their eventually became the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Fellow members and staff join Alma Washington to celebrate.