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posted Friday, June 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 22
Labor speaks out for marriage equality in NY
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Labor speaks out for marriage equality in NY

Courtesy of - Pride At Work AFL-CIO

The labor movement weighed in on the side of marriage equality in New York, where a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is pending in the state legislature.

Among the labor organizations represented at a June 1 press conference were the Capital District Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO), CSEA (AFSCME Local 1000), the Public Employees Federation, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2, SEIU, and the Capital District Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

'The organized labor movement in this state and a majority of New Yorkers believe the denial of marriage equality hurts not just individuals, but also family members, neighbors, and co-workers who care about the well-being of same-sex couples and the children they care for,' said Capital District Area Labor Federation President Mary Sullivan.

'Continuing to deny access to marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples discriminates against them and relegates them to second-class citizenship. The time for action, and passage of marriage equality legislation, is now.'

'This is the defining civil rights issue of our time,' said CSEA President Danny Donohue. 'We are announcing our support of the Marriage Equality Act in the hope that it will encourage state lawmakers to search their consciences and do what is right to approve this legislation.'

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Mike Lonigro announced that 'my fellow officers and I fully support the issue of marriage equality.'

'We will not accept anything less than total equality,' Lonigro continued. 'As we speak, we are in contract negotiations where we are demanding, among other things, the right for employees to make their same-sex partners in life eligible pension beneficiaries. Marriage equality in New York State would make this a non-issue and would free us up to negotiate for other important matters. I urge the New York State Legislature to pass this legislation before the end of the session.'

Support from LCLAA - the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - was particularly important because several legislators from Puerto Rican or other Spanish-speaking communities have publicly opposed marriage equality.

LCLAA's Phillippe Abraham stated, 'As members of the labor movement and a community that defends social justice on many levels, LCLAA is firmly in support of marriage equality in New York State. We support the right of all people to be treated fairly under the law, and specifically of all committed couples to marry in New York State.'

Labor leaders shared the stage at the presser with Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross Levi.

'We are honored and proud to have our sisters and brothers from organized labor as partners in our fight to allow all loving, committed couples to marry in New York State,' Levi said. 'Unions have long stood for fairness for all, and for ensuring that our society treats everyone with dignity and respect.'

In a separate announcement, also on June 1, the New York City Central Labor Council, United Federation of Teachers, Communications Workers of America District 1, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, Teamsters Local 237, and SEIU Locals 1199 and 32BJ also came out in favor of the Marriage Equality Act.

'Our union prides itself on a diverse membership and as a champion of equality we believe that it is time for all New Yorkers to be treated equally,' said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in a statement from New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition working with Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass the bill.

'This is a civil rights issue and we are calling on New York State's Legislature to pass marriage equality legislation and give all New Yorkers the right to marry the person they love.'

New York's UFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, whose President Randi Weingarten is an out Lesbian. Weingarten came out publicly during a speech at the Empire State Pride Agenda Dinner in 2007.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry is also an out Lesbian, and has been described as 'the most powerful Lesbian in the country.'

SEIU is the second-largest union in the U.S. The AFT is number five.

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