To become more inclusive, to increase efforts to protect transgender workers and to fight for state laws that prevent employers from firing workers for their sexual orientation or gender expression.
LOS ANGELES - At its 2013 convention here Sept. 11 the AFL-CIO passed a strongly worded resolution calling for an end to on-the-job discrimination against gay people.
The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.
"Embedding discrimination against LGBT Americans into our laws and workplaces is not only morally reprehensible, it also makes zero economic sense."
Organized labor has weighed in on the side of LGBT rights in central Ohio, starting with the strong support given to discharged teacher Carla Hale.
Forty four years ago today the Stonewall demonstrations broke out in New York City,
WASHINGTON (PAI) - Union leaders hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to throw out the Defense of Marriage Act, the anti-gay law a Republican-run Congress railroaded through, and which then-President Bill Clinton signed.
The AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for Central Ohio, meanwhile, unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution this past week supporting Hale in her fight to be reinstated.
Inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court, unionists backed the right of same-sex couples to marry as the justices held hearings on two separate cases on the issue.
Activists taking part included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Latino civil rights figure Cesar Chavez, and then-presidential candidate and civil rights defender Jesse Jackson.