Live Tweet Chat Explores Benefits of Union Membership for Women

by Mike Hall

UNITEHERE! and Fem2.0 will hold a Tweet chat (#unionwomen) Wednesday from 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EDT to talk about the unique role women play in the union movement and the benefits of union membership for women.

Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of assaulting her, is just one of the millions of women across the country who are subjected to dangerous work environments every day. They face abuse by their clients and customers, are forced to work under brutal conditions and often suffer permanent injuries.

Diallo is also one of the millions of women across the country who are members of labor unions—an affiliation that can offer protection to women like her in speaking out when they face such abuse in the workplace.

Taking part in the chat will be Annemarie Strassel from UNITEHERE! and Janel Charles, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Hotel in Chicago, who is on strike to protest the treatment of housekeepers and other hotel workers.

The chat will be tweeted from @Fem2pt0 and @UNITEHereUnion and you can join the chat at #unionwomen.

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