Darlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT Executive Vice President, AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.
She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit. To earn the award she had to:
- Be a Union Woman member in good standing with National CLUW.
- Inspire and Educate Women to increase participation within their unions, within CLUW and within the labor movement.
- Promote and encourage participation in the political and legislative processes of their unions and labor movement to improve employment and job opportunities for women.
- Seek to promote unionism and encourage unions to be more aggressive in their efforts to bring unorganized women under collective bargaining agreements.
- Seek to encourage women, through their unions, to recognize and take positive action against job discrimination in hiring, promotion, classification and other aspects of work.
- Participate or lead in efforts geared toward bringing about social justice for women, working people and the poor.
URA members agree that Darlene checks all those boxes every day.
Clara Day was the first African American woman to serve as an Executive Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Lucye Millerand, URA President