Archive ID: 2020-005-010

District 31 USWA Women’s Caucus event

Date Created: 1978

Donor: Roberta Wood

Media Type: Photograph

Language: English

Description:

District 31 USWA Women’s Caucus event. Pictured are Diane Gumulowski from Local 6787 Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor (far left) and Alice Peurala from Local 65 South Works in South Chicago (center) and unidentified others.

Backstory:

The District 31 Women’s Caucus of the United Steelworkers Union, which covered Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana, was founded by strong female union leaders. These leaders included Alice Peurala, a US Steel employee for nearly 30 years who was twice elected President of Local 65 and was the first woman to be president of a basic steel local, and Ola Kennedy, an employee of Hammond Valve, who was a founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and held various positions in District 31 as well as her local. This picture was taken and donated by Roberta Wood, another Local 65 employee and union official who was also a co-founder of the Women’s Caucus.

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