Union Proud | Unity – Equality – Justice |
Local 505 was proud to participate in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade. We marched with our brothers and sisters from Locals 556 and 250-A, followed by the TWU bus driven by Local 100. As one of over 240 contingents, it was an opportunity for our Local to support all people in this celebration of diversity demonstrating that love, peace, and resistance is necessary now more than ever.
Pride history began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 an NYPD raid on Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn sparked the Stonewall Riots, one of the first well-known instances of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rebellion against government-sponsored oppression of LGBT people. On the one-year anniversary of the riots, the first Pride marches were held in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
This year marks the 47th continuous year of celebrating the LGBTQ community, and while San Francisco’s Pride festival is the largest event of the year, it’s also a platform for radical progression for LGBTQ rights. This year’s theme, "A celebration of diversity," is a response to last year's election, urging people to resist regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, and celebrate diversity.
Labor unions have long been champions of anti-discrimination language and policies and have often been on the forefront of the struggle for equal protections at work. The Transport Workers Union International passed a resolution at the 2013 Constitutional Convention that reads:
“NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 24th Constitutional Convention of the Transport Workers Union of America, restates its historic stand against discrimination of any kind, as espoused in the preamble to the TWU Constitution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that TWU will continue to support and work with Pride at Work, the official constituency group of the AFL-CIO, that strives for equality for LGBT workers; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that TWU shall press for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on the federal level, as a necessary step to end discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace.”.
Local 505 is dedicated to upholding this resolution and standing up against all practices of discrimination.