Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Bi woman to head national LGBT labor group

Pride at Work, the national LGBT constituency group of organized labor, has selected a bisexual woman with a long history of activism in the LGBT and labor communities as their new executive director.

Shorey_headshotPeggy Shorey (pictured at right), an organizer and community leader in Connecticut for 17 years, succeeds Jeremy Bishop, who joined President Barack Obama’s administration earlier this year in the U.S. Department of Labor.

Shorey will start her new job at Pride at Work’s Washington, D.C., headquarters January 2. Her salary will be $74,000.

“This is a deeply challenging time for all working people …. The struggle to make a concrete difference in workers’ lives is needed more urgently than ever,” Shorey said in the statement. “When we build coalition across our communities, such as through Pride at Work, we can more effectively organize to win justice.”

Most recently, Shorey organized and mobilized Connecticut state employees providing health care services.

As co-president of Pride at Work’s Connecticut chapter, she led in organizing the state’s first-ever labor fundraisers in support of marriage equality, according to Pride at Work.

In 2008, she served as campaign manager for a successful campaign to defeat a coalition of anti-union and anti-gay organizations pushing for a constitutional convention, the labor group said in a statement.

The group’s media contact did not immediately respond to a request for Shorey’s age or salary information.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 18, 2009 @ 1:43 pm PST
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