Two members of the Virginia/DC/MD chapter are running for office in Northern Virginia, raising the visibility of our union, and promoting the labor movement’s values and ideals.
Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (in the photo with chapter chair Ginny Diamond) was one of the winners of the Democratic primary election for Alexandria City Council, and will be on the ballot in November. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and has a master’s degree from the University of London. She heads a non-profit that provides job training and personal development for women in need.
Michelle Rief is running for Alexandria School Board. She has a PhD in African-American studies from Temple University, and organized a union for teaching assistants when she was at Temple. She teaches at community college and is a PTA activist.
We are looking forward to working hard to get our union sisters elected!
NWU members are also serving in leadership positions within the labor movement in northern Virginia. Chapter chair Ginny Diamond is president of the Northern Virginia AFL-CIO, Michelle Wooley heads the northern Virginia Coalition of Labor Union Women chapter, Cindy Kirby is sergeant at arms for the northern Virginia Labor Federation, and Randy Ihara heads the labor/interfaith alliance.