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Protect the Rights of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

WHEREAS:

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) believes in and promotes fairness and equality for all; and

WHEREAS:

AFSCME works to promote policies that prohibit harassment, discrimination and retaliation in employment for our members; and

WHEREAS:

AFSCME works to promote policies that affirm the rights and fair treatment of those we come into contact with in our work; and

WHEREAS:

Transgender and gender nonconforming people face discrimination, harassment, abuse and barriers to equal access and treatment in employment, education, family law, youth rights, health care, housing, legal and civil rights and public accommodation.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That AFSCME hereby adopts this resolution to affirm our belief that all people deserve equal access to exercise their rights and receive fair treatment, and commitment to the fair treatment of, and freedom from discrimination and harassment, for transgender and gender nonconforming members; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That AFSCME will work to strengthen the rights, the ability to be treated equally, and fair access in employment, education, family law, youth rights, health care, housing, legal and civil rights and public accommodation for transgender and gender nonconforming people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That AFSCME will hold employers to their duty to protect transgender and gender nonconforming employees from any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site, and the duty to provide a safe workplace; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That AFSCME will advocate for new legislation and strengthen existing federal, state and local laws to protect transgender and gender nonconforming people from discrimination and harassment, and affirm their rights to fair treatment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That AFSCME will work towards policies at our workplaces that prohibit harassment, discrimination and retaliation for transgender and gender nonconforming people in all facets of life, including employment, education, family law, health care, housing, immigration, civil rights and public accommodation; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED:

That AFSCME will work to develop policies and procedures with our employers that are intended to provide clear guidance to employees to promote non-discriminatory actions and positive outcomes and work to increase legal protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people and their families at the state, local and national level so they are treated with dignity and respect, and able to access the same services available to the general public.

SUBMITTED BY:

Ruben Rodriguez, President and Delegate
AFSCME Council 57
California

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