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February 2, 2005

One More YWTF Comment

There is one aspect of the YWTF Conference that I'm really proud of - the issue statement created by the Economic Justice issue group. I was a participant in the group and I'm glad we were able to keep such strong language, despite the fact that one of our members was staunchly anti-union.

Economic Justice

In the context of globalization, the Younger Women’s Task Force identifies the following important international and domestic economic issues:

We recognize that all forms of discrimination and inequality in the work place impact our ability to be full economic participants and the general economic health of society.

We recognize these work/life balance issues are important to parents, nontraditional families, and individuals: supporting all care giving, mandating living wages, re-defining success, honoring life outside work and the place of work in life, and expanding economic literacy and participation.

Within the domain of economic justice, we recognize that healthcare should be a universal right for all individuals, regardless of life choices, family status, or group membership. With a general wellness focus throughout the life cycle, including but not limited to coverage for mental health, contraceptives, and maternal/paternal support.

We recognize the need for encouraging women to raise their voices by voting and taking leadership positions ranging from grassroots organizations, to corporate leadership, and domestic and international policy making.

We demand a societal shift to reflect these priorities.

Posted by cj at February 2, 2005 4:12 PM

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did you suggest that the group add in preserving the right to organize?
i was in the leadership group and we discussed the important role of unions quite a bit

Posted by: sarah at February 2, 2005 9:35 PM

We suggested that increased unionization should be one of our goals and because we had such a huge topic area for our issue group were not able to debate the idea of unions with the anti-union activist. FYI, that woman was quoted in the eNews article. She stated in the issue group meeting that she would not be able to support a statement that declared unions a part of economic justice. And it wasn't just me who wanted to make a pro-union statement. Several women in the group were pro-union, including the Executive Director of STITCH - which supports women workers in the US and Central America.

Posted by: C.J. at February 3, 2005 11:29 AM

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