Standing Together for Equality

Ending Discrimination and Workplace Inequities

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WHEREAS, organized labor joined its allies in the civil rights movement to secure passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and WHEREAS, the union movement has fought long and hard to end discrimination and to bring real equality to the workplace as well as in housing, credit, public accommodations and public services; and WHEREAS, the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been in the forefront of efforts to strengthen and expand nondiscrimination guarantees and…

Pride at Work Organization

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WHEREAS, the strength of the labor movement has long been its ability to bring together diverse people around a common goal – that of improving the lives of workers; and WHEREAS, each and every union has lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members; and WHEREAS, our members in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are often among our most committed and active trade unionists; and WHEREAS, in 1997 the National AFL-CIO formally recognized the “Pride at Work” organization as…

Standing Together for Equality

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As trade unionists, we believe in inclusion and equality. While great strides have been made in recent years, basic rights remain unsecured and virulent right-wing homophobia remains commonplace. On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’s “Homosexual Conduct” law, which criminalized consensual sex between gay couples and has been widely used to justify discrimination against lesbians and gay men. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy reiterated a previous court position, “Our obligation is to define the…