Friday, April 4, 2008

120,000 more New Yorkers for GENDA

Candace Lider, Troy Area Labor Council Secretary, speaks in support of GENDA at the CDALF annual convention

Last weekend at the Capitol District Area Labor Federation’s annual convention, delegates voted resoundingly to pass a resolution in support of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).

GENDA would add gender identity and expression to the list of protected classes in the state’s civil rights law, and would therefore make it illegal to fire someone from their job, kick them out of their home or deny them service in a restaurant (among other things) simply because they are transgender.

The Capitol District Area Labor Federation (CDALF) encompasses five counties in the Albany area and represents 120,000 people working in blue collar and white collar professions, including teachers, civil service employees, bricklayers, firefighters, nurses and plumbers, just to name a few.

Union support for this bill is significant—during the build-up to the Assembly vote on marriage equality last year, unions across New York State representing more than 1 million people passed resolutions detailing their support for the bill. When massive labor federations and big unions like 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East or UNITE HERE actively support our issues, Albany takes notice.

CDALF’s 120,000 members brings the total organized labor support for GENDA to 440,000 working New Yorkers. Stronger together, indeed!

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