AFL-CIO’s Black History Month Profile: Lucy Wells

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Reprinted from The AFL-CIO’s blog Now by Kenneth Quinnell on February 20, 2021.

This year, for Black History Month, [the AFL-CIO is] taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making Black history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only the conditions for working people in our community, but also across the country. Today’s profile is Lucy Wells.

Before she was eligible for union membership, Lucy Wells was active in Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 154 and has maintained involvement even while the theatre industry was shut down because of COVID-19. Over the years, she has participated in numerous actions and rallies, served on labor/management committees and helped her union grow. Wells is passionate about engaging and educating people in conversations about racial inequities and inclusion. On top of it all, she is an amazing wardrobe specialist and the first BIPOC associate wardrobe supervisor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

AFL-CIO Now 2/20

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