The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, amended its constitution on Monday by adding a provision banning discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The AFL-CIO delegates have been at their annual convention in Los Angeles.
Several constituent unions had already added similar wording to their policies.
Very exciting. Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up.
–Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality
The labor movement has long been a leader on full inclusion in the workplace. This important addition to the governing document of the largest federation of labor unions is a historic and important step forward to ensuring that every American has an equal shot at employment and equal benefits.
–Fred Saenz, vice-president of the Human Rights Campaign
HRC and NCTE are part of Americans for Workplace Opportunity, which is a national coalition pressing Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect LGBT workers from bias in employment.