Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Opposes the Ban

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has announced its opposition to the proposed constitutional ban on civil unions and marriage.

From today's press release:
'The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our communities,' said David Newby, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. 'Discrimination against persons because of their sexual orientation not only violates the basic concept of human rights, but it also translates into economic discrimination.'
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is also concerned about the far-reaching consequences of the ban, including the potential impact on domestic partner policies.

As the statewide coordinating council for all AFL-CIO unions in Wisconsin, the State AFL-CIO determines union policy on state issues, speaks for labor (and for all working people) on matters of public concern, provides services to local unions, and coordinates political and legislative action with its 1,000 affiliated unions which represent 250,000 members in the state.

Thanks for standing for fairness--and against the ban.

Soon, we will post an up-to-date list on the Fair Wisconsin website of the many organizations that have taken a public stand.

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At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

This is great news! Especially the line from the news release: "The State AFL-CIO is committed to educating its members about the harms of the civil unions and marriage ban and urging them to vote against it in November."

Any idea what they plan to do to educate their membership? Union folks vote in higher ratios than non-union folks, so those 250,000 votes (half a million if you count spouses) could do a lot!

Will it be a simple footnote mention in newsletters published by the locals? Or is there a bigger bolder plan in the works? What have they done in the past with other political issues that effect their membership?

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Paul said...

It's great news that the WI AFL-CIO announced its opposition to the ban. However, it should be noted that the Michigan AFL-CIO also announced its opposition to the Michigan anti-gay amendment in 2004, but unfortunately I don't think the actual union members receive much in the way of education about the issue. And of course we all no that the MI amendment passed.

Keith raises a very important point: there are potentially a great number of votes we can count on if union members are properly educated on this issue.

What can we do to help educate them?



At 11:53 AM, Blogger jeff said...

I would suggest have the State AFL-CIO do a postcard mailing to its members endorsing the defeat of the amendment much in the same way as their local groups are sending out postcards to their local members with the names of the candidates they endorsed for tomorrow's election. If they are unable to do this, then perhaps they can provide their mailing lists for use by Fair Wisconsin.


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