Former UE General Secretary-Treasurer Amy Newell will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Florence Criley Luncheon at this year’s UE Convention. The luncheon will be held on Monday, August 26 during the lunch recess.
Florence Criley was UE’s first woman International Representative. She was known as a tireless leader of the working class, beating back raids at UE shops, helping members orchestrate strikes, and always looking for new organizing opportunities. She was one of the founders of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and was also a fighter for the rights of people of color.
Amy Newell served as UE’s General Secretary-Treasurer from 1985 to 1994. She was the first woman to serve as a national officer of a U.S. manufacturing union. Prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer she served for 11 years as a UE Field Organizer. Newell’s parents, Charles and Ruth Newell, were both UE organizers.
This gathering will honor Sister Criley and raise money to develop leadership skills among UE’s women members by sending them to the union women summer schools held around the country each year.
All UE members are welcome to attend this event, but space will be limited. Tickets are $20.00 each. More information about the event, including information on how to purchase tickets, can be found online at ueunion.org/convention_crileylunch
- “We Can’t Give Up, We Can Turn the Corner”: a 2017 Women’s History Month interview with Amy Newell