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Unions and LGBT equality

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Historian James Young recently spoke about his new book Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was joined by Todd Mealy who talked on This Is the Rat Speaking, his book on Black Power and Lancaster’s Franklin and Marshall College. Here are highlights of LGBT union activity:

California nurses demanded dignity for their patients when the HIV crisis first ravaged the gay community. Janitors in New York stood up for healthcare equality. Public workers in Pennsylvania currently continue to fight for workplace non-discrimination ordinances. Employment protections have been introduced seven times over 14 years in Pennsylvania. United Parcel Service Inc.’s union employees were the first to negotiate for domestic partner benefits.

Donna Cartwright and Gabriel Haaland, co-founders of the transgender caucus of Pride @ Work, AFL-CIO, initiated a path-breaking effort to enlist labor's support in ending discrimination against trans people in healthcare coverage. Today, in 29 states a union contract is still the only