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AFL-CIO to unionize transgender, gay workers

By Washington Times (DC)

The AFL-CIO voted this week to allow transgender and gay organizations the right to organize under the union's umbrella, amending its guiding documents to embrace those of all genders and expressions.

The amendment, called "Welcoming All Workers to Our Movement," added the phrases "gender identify" and "gender expression" the AFL-CIO's constitutional documents, Life Site News reported. The new AFL-CIO mission reads: "To encourage all workers without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression to share equally in the full benefits of union organization."

Other unions have done similarly and opened the doors for representation of members based solely on sexual choice, gender expression or transgender status. But the AFL-CIO is the largest labor union in the nation, facing what President Richard L. Trumpka has described in recent weeks as a "crisis" of dwindling membership. And its open door to the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community was received with special excitement.

"[This is] very exciting," National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said to BuzzFeed. "Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up."

The hope from the LGBT activist corner is that the newfound union backing will lead to mandated employee insurance coverage for sex-change operations, hormone therapy -- even access to all restrooms, regardless of male-female door labels.

Still, rank-and-file union members may object. Stan Greer, a senior researcher at the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, said it's one thing for union members to express the views that all should be treated equally on the job. But it's another thing for the upper brass of the AFL-CIO to determine that now all members should support with dues a new policy that may go against their religious principles, Life Site News reported.

"[The AFL-CIO's] willingness to embrace the dubious concepts of 'gender identity' and 'gender expression' are bound to offend many unionized workers," Mr. Greer said.

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  1. andyross53Comment by andyross53
    September 13, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    Great, just what we need… unionized gays…

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 13, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

      Don we now our gay apparel
      Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

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    • theronaldComment by theronald
      September 13, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      Maaavalis – Qu eer unions!

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  2. whodunitComment by whodunit
    September 13, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    How can they be “equal” and “special” at the same time?

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    • daveevad1Comment by daveevad1
      September 13, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” (Orwell)

      Like the current incarnation of the Civil Rights movement, the gay rights drive has moved beyond equality to demanding preferential treatment.

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  3. ron389Comment by ron389
    September 13, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    “The hope from the LGBT activist corner is that the newfound union backing will lead to mandated employee insurance coverage for sex-change operations, hormone therapy — even access to all restrooms, regardless of male-female door labels.”

    This has nothing to do with “acceptance”, it’s about entitlement and making someone else pay for what you want. It never ends.

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  4. faaqComment by faaq
    September 13, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    It’s all about lining union officials pockets with more money. If the LGBT community wants sex change operations, hormone therapy, a clothing allowance or whatever else they feel “entitled” to, let them pay higher premiums on their insurance. Leave me the eff out of it.

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  5. davebnmComment by davebnm
    September 13, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    Well, there you go, comrades. The new symbol will be
    the Swishkle & Hammer?

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    • calneffComment by calneff
      September 13, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

      I wish that I had said that! :-P

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  6. chamuielComment by chamuiel
    September 13, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Trumpka is right about one thing. The afl-cio is desperate for new dues paying members.

    Next they will be allowing pigs, cows and gays into the union.

    No! Wait they have already done that.

    Next the raised fist (symbol of unions) will come in rainbow colors.

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  7. shafawnComment by shafawn
    September 13, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    This will be affirmative action for gays so that it is actually beneficial to become homosexual politically, socially and legally.

    After Obama is through with this nation we will learn why God was so against Sodom and Gomorrah who tried to rape the angels of God and caused the family to run away after the homosexuals were struck blind.

    Disbelieve the Bible if you want but that will not keep America from following Sodom and Gomorrah into judgment.

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  8. soonerComment by sooner
    September 13, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Just let your minds run wild for a moment or two thinking about what the names would be for some of these unions……….I can hear you thinking! You ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

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  9. empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
    September 14, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    So…this means they discriminated AGAINST LGBTs before, right? And now they’ve seen the light? Or is it that now they’ve seen the green (of their dues money)? And right off the bat…there goes the ball into…oh…it’s a foul ball! Seems existing union members might have a problem? Because of their RELIGIOUS VIEWS? And all the unions are having, as stated in the article, a “crisis of dwindling membership”. When it all shakes out, will they gain more members from this stunt than they will lose because of it? How long before the unions are “owned” and merely extensions of the LGBT agenda instead of–even marginally–reps of ALL the workers? It will start with the LGBT agenda moving to the top of the unions’ focus then…

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  10. FreeDameComment by FreeDame
    September 15, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    #1 These perverts should get insurace-paid “hormone therapy” when insurance pays for my face lift. After all, looking 57 is damaging to my widdle feewings.

    #2. Bathrooms should be assigned based on physical attributes, male or female, NOT on someone’s sexual “feelings” for the day. This is so obvious that even the LGBT idiots should be able to figure it out.

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  11. sengalComment by sengal
    September 20, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Trumka love to bendover backwards for cueers…la-de- da…

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