Our Shared Agenda - Workplace Equality

You can be denied employment, fired from your job or refused promotion at work because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. You can also be denied a livelihood by employers - and potential employers - because you want to help organize your co-workers to have a voice in your workplace and to collectively bargain for better pay, improved benefits, and a safer workplace.

Corporate policies and government laws that ensure unfair and unsafe workplaces must be replaced with new policies and laws based on our shared values of fairness and equality for all. That is why we strongly urge you to support theEmployee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and take action to ensure these critically important pieces of legislation pass both houses of Congress and are signed into law by President Obama this year.

These laws, once enacted, will put the American Dream back within the reach of millions of hard-working families and keep CEOs in check.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans should not live in fear of being looked over for a position, fired from a job or denied promotion because of who they are. These Americans, who are especially dependent on benefits provided for them and their families by collective bargaining agreements, need the protection and equality guaranteed by legally enforceable union contracts. Unions have bargained inclusive benefits for LGBT families from non-discrimination clauses, to domestic partner healthcare to pension benefits.

As everyone struggles to keep their jobs and provide for their families, it is now more important than ever that the Employee Free Choice Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act are enacted by Congress and the President. For fairness in the workplace, please take action in support of these two important pieces of legislation today.

Together, we will enact our shared agenda for fairness and equality for all working Americans!