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PA AFL-CIO Backs PA Non-discrimination Bill – SB/HB 300

Harrisburg – Equality PA President of the Board, Adanjesus Marin, praised the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (PA AFL-CIO) for their support of SB 300/HB 300 today. PA AFL-CIO voted on a resolution today to partner with Equality PA to support the passage of the bills that amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act by prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Read the full resolution here: PA AFL-CIO Resolution

“Equality PA is very grateful to have the support of the PA AFL-CIO in the passage of SB/HB 300. As the Board President of Equality PA and Director of Member Political Engagement and Mobilization for SEIU Healthcare Pa, I am proud that union voices in Pennsylvania are calling for an end to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” Marin said.

Michelle Kessler, Secretary Treasurer of UFCW 1776 and National Coordinator of OUTreach for UFCW, said, “The current status quo in the Commonwealth leaves the majority of LGBT workers and their families without legal protections against discrimination in the work place and their communities, and that is unacceptable to us as union members who have a commitment to equality and justice.”

Marin continued, saying, “Discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is real in 2014 and it must be stopped. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that everyone should have equal opportunity and a level playing field. The PA AFL-CIO has always been an advocate for equality and justice in the workplace and we are glad to have their support on this important campaign. With over 900,000 members, their support will go a long way.”

HB 300 and its counter part in the Senate, SB 300, have broad bipartisan support among organizations, faith communities, businesses, and voters. Both bills have bipartisan prime sponsors and the House bill has 96 co-sponsors including 12 Republicans. In a poll commissioned by Equality PA and done by Susquehanna Polling and Research in March of 2013 of both Democratic and Republican voters, respondents supported a non-discrimination bill in Pennsylvania by a margin of 72%.



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