A dedicated trade unionist and tireless, forceful advocate for removing the economic and social barriers confronted by women and people of color in the labor movement.
Founding member and president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), AFL-CIO. President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History. In 1993, was elected an AFL-CIO Vice President. The second African American woman to hold this position, Johnson contributed to the Executive Council as Chair of the Committee on Women Workers and as a member of the committees on Civil and Human Rights, Legislative/Public Policy, Member Education and Training, International Affairs, Political Education, Strategic Approaches and Finance.
Photo 1. President Jimmy Carter signs document at the White House on Feb. 28, 1980 proclaiming March 2-8 “National Women’s History Week.” To the president’s right are: Jane Pratt, president, Girls’ Clubs of America; and Gloria Johnson, treasurer, Coalition of Labor Union Women. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma) Photo 2. Gloria speaking in 1998.