Black History Month: GVP Babineaux Speaks on Future of Labor Movement

The Coalition of Labor Union Women featured IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux in an interview for Black History Month.

As part of the celebration of Black History Month, General Vice President Diane Babineaux was recognized by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in a recent interview to profile black women who play large roles in the labor movement.

“Today women are joining unions at a higher rate than men, because a union contract offers recourse against oppression and prejudice,” said Babineaux speaking on how young women of color will shape and change the direction of the labor movement. “As women of color continue to rise through the ranks into leadership positions, they bring their experiences and voice to the decision making process.”

In recognition of Black History Month, CLUW wants to recognize black history, but also look to the future of women of color in the labor movement. Babineaux is the first African-American woman to serve as General Vice President of the IAM and is a CLUW National Vice President.

Climbing to one of the top spots in the IAM hasn’t come without its struggles, however Babineaux hopes to help pave the way for future generations.

“I want to help create a society where my daughter’s struggles and my granddaughters’ struggles are further diminished and sincerely hope that future generations don’t experience unfair treatment,” said Babineaux.

Click here to read the entire interview.