Two USW Activists honored for breaking barriers in Pittsburgh

Sabrina Yow-Chyi Liu, who serves as the USW Assistant Director of Strategic Campaigns, was named one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 for her work uplifting immigrant workers in Allegheny County.

Liu founded the Pittsburgh chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) in 2018, a platform she uses to help residents learn about available resources, laws, and basic human rights. In 2020, she helped increase census responses, turned out votes in crucial states for the presidential election, and organized efforts to distribute financial assistance during the pandemic.

Jenise Brown is also being recognized for her efforts to organize and support the United Museum Workers, of which she now serves as president. This year, she helped create a contract that brings the four museums’ minimum wage to $16 per hour, establishes basic rights for workers and provides paid time off for part-time workers beyond the minimum required by law.

“I think the thing I hope to accomplish the most is to ensure that all different types of people are able to both work and thrive at our workplace,” Brown told Pittsburgh Magazine.

Liu and Brown will be honored alongside 38 other Pittsburgh-area changemakers in a ceremony this November.

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