Union leader speaks
Chavez-Thompson (center), executive vice president of the
AFL-CIO, the nation's largest union federation with 13.3
million members, met with several U.Va. women employees
at a March 27 luncheon, held in Newcomb Hall cafeteria and
sponsored by the Women's Center and the Labor Action Group.
Seated at the table to Chavez-Thompson's left, clockwise,
are: Susan Fogler, fiscal technician senior in educational
technologies, Claire Kaplan, sexual assault education coordinator,
Brenda Ayers of the German department, Joyce Breeden, diploma
coordinator in the registrar's office, and Jan Cornell,
senior assistant to the associate deans of the School of
Continuing and Professional Studies.
also spoke to students and other activists at Campbell Hall
that night. The 55-year-old daughter of a farm hand, who
went to work in a Texas cotton plantation at age 10, Chavez-Thompson
invited students to join the union movement and fight for
a just society. Her remedies for improving workers' conditions
include a higher minimum wage, access to health care and
affordable child care, a big expansion of the Earned Income
Tax Credit, education and training.
Chavez-Thompson's speech was part of the Women Center's
series, "Women 2000: Shapers of the World," celebrating
its 10th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of the University's
Studies in Women and Gender program, and the 30th anniversary
of full coeducation at U.Va.