Massachusetts AFL-CIO Joins Labor Coalition Backing Yes on 3 Vote to Uphold Transgender Protections
September 25, 2018

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The Massachusetts chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is adding their name to the list of labor unions endorsing the “Yes on 3” ballot question campaign, the bipartisan coalition seeking to uphold the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law at the ballot on Election Day, November 6.

More than 15 major local unions – representing hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers – have now signed on in support of “Yes on 3”, which upholds the nondiscrimination law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places such as restaurants, shops, and medical offices.

“We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our transgender friends, neighbors, and fellow union members in voting Yes on 3 on election day,” said MA AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman. “As a labor union, nothing is more important to us than the civil rights of our members and everyone across the nation. We know this law ensures that all people, including those who are transgender, can go about living their everyday lives free from discrimination and harassment. We strongly encourage voters to vote Yes on 3.”

Our co-chair Kasey Suffredini cheered on the growing and strong  support for Question 3 from labor unions across the Commonwealth:

“Our friends in labor understand that voting yes on 3 is about upholding basic rights for transgender people like me. Their support, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of families they represent, shows just how universal the idea is that all of us should be able to go about living our daily lives free from discrimination and harassment. That’s what this law is all about, and voting yes on 3 ensures it stays the law.”

Labor unions are joining with a robust coalition of more than 1,000 organizations, law enforcement officials, sexual assault prevention groups, business leaders, all of New England’s professional sports teams and members of the transgender community and their families in backing the campaign to defend MA’s non-discrimination law at the ballot this November.

If you represent an organization or business that believes in upholding dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors, join our coalition today!


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