WASHINGTON, D.C. Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement:
I commend President Obama for his support of marriage equality, and Im proud to support him as he takes this historic stand.
Marriage equality is an economic justice issue, and a social justice issue and that makes it a union issue. In the UFCW, we have a long, proud history of standing up for fair and equal treatment for all workers regardless of what they look like, where they come from, what language they speak, or who they love. These values are heartfelt. We work every day to fight discrimination and unfair treatment against LGBT people on the job. Thats why our union is a strong supporter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would ensure justice in the workplace for LGBT workers. UFCW members have been negotiating equal health care coverage for same-sex couples into their union contracts all over the country for years. Its the right thing to do, and the fair thing to do. Im proud that the UFCWs advocacy on behalf of families includes all families.