SharedAgenda.org promotes freedom from discrimination, freedom to form unions

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A national campaign is promoting the Employee Free Choice Act as critical to the economy, fair workplaces and the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) workers.

A new website, SharedAgenda.org, is bringing together supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The new site is being launched in concert with a national postcard campaign asking senators and House members to co-sponsor the two bills.

The new site is a project of the National Stonewall Democrats, a grassroots coalition of activists for LGBT equality, and Pride At Work (PAW), an AFL-CIO constituency group.

Why link these two issues? Because nobody should be fired from a job simply because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and nobody should be fired from a job for trying to form a union. Unfortunately, these abuses are too common. Together, these bills give LGBT workers the access they deserve to the American dream. LGBT workers need the Employee Free Choice Act because the freedom to form unions is critical to protecting them from discrimination and ensuring fair treatment in the workplace and because they need the ability to bargain for equal benefits and fair wages to ensure they can take care of their families.

Sharedagenda.org provides numerous resources for those fighting for fairness in the workplace, including a fact sheet on the Employee Free Choice Act and why it matters for LGBT workers.

Stonewall Democrats and PAW join many other organizations in the LGBT community in support of the Employee Free Choice Act, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign. These organizations are part of the broad coalition fighting for workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.