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Pride at Work in Pennsylvania Stands Up for LGBT Brothers and Sisters

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is proud to highlight the incredible contributions of our Sisters and Brothers at Pride at Work – PA, who fight for our LGBT colleagues every day in our quarterly newsletter, News and Views. Over the past few years, Pride at Work – PA continues to build their group and participate in events to build both LGBT and labor union power.   Read More

RESOLUTION NO. 34 – WORKING WITH EQUALITY PA TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION

WORKING WITH EQUALITY PA TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION WHEREAS, the PA  AFL-CIO recognizes that divisions amongst workers based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation and expression/identity solely benefit employers and politicians who seek to weaken us in the struggle for workers’ rights; and WHEREAS, the PA AFL-CIO recognizes that workers’ unity is their greatest strength in standing up for social and economic justice, in our workplaces and communities; and WHEREAS, the PA  AFL-CIO has a long and proud history of uniting workers across the lines that divide us, leading our sisters and brothers side by side in the struggle for workers’ rights, never standing silently by the face of oppression and discrimination; and WHEREAS, the union is the best protection against discrimination in the workplace, and the best voice for equality in our communities; and WHEREAS, the current status quo in the Commonwealth leaves the majority of LGBT workers and their families without legal protections against discrimination in the work place and their communities; and WHEREAS, the National AFL-CIO has come out in strong support of federal legislation in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, knowing that only 17 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and four more have laws barring employment discrimination  based only on sexual orientation; and WHEREAS, it is unacceptable that Pennsylvania is not one of these states that prohibits discrimination; it is legal to discriminate in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; and WHEREAS, Equality Pennsylvania has been a steadfast ally in the struggle to defend workers in their workplaces and communities; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the PA AFL-CIO shall commit to add our voices, collective power, and resources to the movement for full LGBT equality for all workers, their families; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we shall seek equality of benefits and protection and against discrimination in our collective bargaining agreements; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the PA AFL-CIO will seek to educate our members on the importance of LGBT equality in our collective struggles for justice in the work place and our communities; and THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the PA AFL-CIO resolves to strongly join efforts to pass non-discrimination laws in the Commonwealth, to recognize Equality Pennsylvania as a strategic partner, and to work together to build a Pennsylvania Labor Table for Equality. Read More