A coalition of more than 50 California Labor Organizations will file an amicus brief on Friday in support of the three lawsuits now challenging Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that added a same-sex marriage ban to the California State Constitution. Together, these labor organizations represent more than two million working men and women in California.
“Discrimination doesn’t stop at our employer’s front door just because we have a strong contract,” said T Santora, Co-President of Pride At Work. “We will not stand silently by and allow any segment of our society to be subjugated to 2nd class status.” Santora extended special praise to Bill Sokol, the Labor Lawyer who wrote the amicus brief on behalf of the co-signing organizations. He also commended Sal Roselli, President of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers and Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation for their strong leadership in making this happen.
The organizations joining the amicus brief include:
California Labor Federation
National Federation of Federal Employees
Screen Actors Guild
Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
San Mateo County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO
South Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO
California Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
California Faculty Association
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, District Council 57, AFL-CIO