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A Message from Dave Weidlich, President

June marks the celebration of Pride Month, a time dedicated to honoring the LGBTQ+ community’s history, struggles, and achievements. This month, union members across various sectors are joining in to show their support, recognizing that the fight for equality and inclusivity is a fundamental aspect of the labor movement. Through events, advocacy, and education, union members are demonstrating their commitment to fostering a workplace environment where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can thrive.

Historically, unions have played a pivotal role in advocating for workers' rights, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and job security. In recent decades, the scope of union advocacy has expanded to include social justice issues, recognizing that true workplace equality cannot be achieved without addressing broader societal inequalities. This is particularly relevant for the LGBTQ+ community, which has faced significant challenges both in and out of the workplace.

Union leaders have emphasized that the principles of solidarity and inclusiveness are core to the labor movement. By standing with LGBTQ+ members, unions not only uphold these principles but also strengthen their collective voice. This unity is essential in negotiating for benefits that protect all workers, such as anti-discrimination policies, inclusive healthcare coverage, and family leave that recognizes diverse family structures.

Beyond celebrations, unions are actively working to influence policy changes that benefit LGBTQ+ workers. Many unions are lobbying for legislative changes that protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This includes support for the Equality Act in the United States, which seeks to provide comprehensive protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in various aspects of public life, including employment.

Unions are also negotiating for more inclusive contract language. This includes advocating for healthcare plans that cover gender-affirming treatments, ensuring that all union members have access to the medical care they need. Additionally, unions are pushing for broader definitions of family in leave policies, recognizing the diverse family structures that exist within the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Month is a powerful reminder of the progress that has been made in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and the work that still needs to be done. Union members celebrating Pride Month are reaffirming their commitment to equality and justice for all. Through their advocacy, education, and celebration, they are helping to create workplaces where everyone can feel safe, respected, and valued. This solidarity is not only beneficial for LGBTQ+ workers but also strengthens the labor movement as a whole; proving that when we support each other, we all succeed.

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