UFCW OUTreach Hear from LGBT Leaders During Executive Board Meeting

outreach-300x210UFCW’s LGBT constituency group OUTreach held their executive board meeting on November 12-13. During the meetings, executive board members heard from numerous leaders in the LGBT community. Speakers included Mara Keisling, Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jerame Davis, Executive Director for the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, Daniel Pino from the National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

Following the numerous presentations, OUTreach’s executive board mapped out goals and actions for 2015. Some of them include attending the Creating Change conference, focusing on the relationships between the labor and LGBT communities, fighting for LGBT workers’ rights in the workplace, and learning more about transgender issues.

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Discrimination

UFCWnewsWASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to reports that President Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Denying someone a job or a promotion because of who they are runs counter to the American values of equality and opportunity. Yet in more than half of all states, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) workers can be targeted based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“An executive order banning federal contractors from this type of discrimination is a step in the right direction and could benefit as many as 16 million workers. But tens of millions of others still need the protections that can only come with adoption of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan basis.

“At the UFCW, we have long been proud to have nondiscrimination language in our contracts. It is time for the law to catch up. The President is poised to act. The House should follow suit.”


The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit, or join our online community at and

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with UFCW!

UFCW Pride OUTreach FBOn June 28, 1969, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community fought back against police brutality at a New York City gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. Known as the Stonewall riots, this marked the beginning of the modern day LGBT rights movement.

In commemoration of the historic Stonewall riots, June is now commonly recognized as LGBT Pride Month. Keep an eye out throughout the month for locals who will be holding events to celebrate the LGBT community.

This LGBT Pride Month, there is much to celebrate. Oregon and Pennsylvania recently became the 18th and 19th states to recognize marriage equality. The U.S. Senate passed legislation banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by a wide, bipartisan margin. Finally, the UFCW formed its first ever LGBT constituency group—OUTreach. OUTreach will have a presence at World Pride in Toronto, Canada from June 27-29, 2014.

Still, there is much more to be done. It remains too easy to fire an LGBT worker without cause. Millions of same-sex couples do not have the legal rights as their opposite-sex counterparts. Transgender equality is lagging behind. Our broken immigration system is failing the LGBT community and tearing families apart. And the bullying epidemic is putting too many young people at risk.

Working in partnership with OUTreach, UFCW Locals are committed to leveling the playing field in our contracts and our laws. More than that, we are dedicated to winning hearts and minds. Let’s celebrate LGBT Pride Month by doing what we do best—fighting for fairness, justice, and equality.

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