Major labor unions and organizations support for Massachusetts’ non-discrimination law protecting transgender people in public spaces. They include the AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and 1199SEIU. In total, they represent more than 65,000 families and workers across the state of Massachusetts.

Labor Unions Have A History of Support:

In 2016, when this update to our existing non-discrimination laws was heading through the legislative process, these same leading unions delivered a letter to lawmakers calling for its swift passage.

Our Commonwealth’s workers should be treated with dignity and respect not only on the job, but also when they are customers at the very restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other public accommodations where they work. This is consistent with our Commonwealth’s values, it improves workers’ well-being on and off the job, and it’s the right thing to do.
— Steven A. Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

In fact, unions have long been some of the earliest and strongest supporters of LGBT equality. They know that when any person experiences discrimination in our great Commonwealth, it undercuts their mission of protecting workers.

What Can I Do?

Opponents are attempting to repeal these protections at the ballot in November 2018. But unions are standing proudly in against this effort. If you are a member or represent  Massachusetts labor union, join us. Urge your fellow Bay Staters to vote YES on 3 to uphold these protections at the ballot box this November.



  • AFSCME Local 1526
  • AFT
  • Boston Building Trades
  • Boston Public Library Staff Association
  • Boston Teachers Union
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Massachusetts Nurses Association
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • New England Joint Board UNITE HERE
  • UNITE HERE Local 26
  • SEIU 32BJ
  • SEIU Local 509
  • SEIU 1199
  • SEIU Health Care–MA Committee on Interns and Residents
  • SEIU State Council
  • UAW Local 2322

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