The idea of the ATD Working Women’s Committee was to educate and involve more working women from the airline division. As union women we have a strong voice, we can mobilize, we are effective and exhibit our strength and solidarity in numerous ways. A woman’s perspective adds value, solutions and diversity to meetings and conferences. Many women have been dealing with subtle discrimination throughout their lives. Our gift, or contribution, is our ability to empathize with those who have had to fight for respect, the underdog, the one who is usually ignored by those in charge.
In 2003, the first meeting consisted of 12 charter members and has now grown to over 35 representatives from all over the US. With the support of the TWU International, the Air Transport Division and Local Presidents, more of our members are participating and having success in the causes they confront. With their encouraging support, they allowed us to be creative and develop a successful Working Women’s Committee.
Since the inception of the ATD Working Women’s Committee our representatives have accomplished goals with successful elections of Vice President, Recording Secretary, Secretary Treasurer, Shop Steward and committee chairs all at the local level. Some have even taken on the challenges of International Organizer, Political Field Assistant and Director of the Political & Legislative Department within the TWU. TWU women in the Air Transport Division are getting involved in their community’s politics as well.
Mentoring other women helps pave the way for their future and as we rotate into different roles within our Locals or the International, our hope is that others will press forward with our continuing fight for equality, recognition and workers’ rights.
It wasn’t until 1920 when women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. The women who fought for that right were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the right to vote.
We have continued that fight over the years and are now pushing for resolution of other issues like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers.
The ATD Working Women’s Committee meets 3 times a year, twice at its headquarters in Hurst, TX and once at another hosting local within the ATD. All members in good standing are welcome to attend a WWC meeting with prior approval from their respective president.