Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Haaland elected co-VP of LGBT union group

Gabriel Haaland, photo by Gwen Park

Longtime San Francisco Democratic activist and union organizer Gabriel Haaland has been elected a co-vice president of Pride at Work.

The national group for LGBT union members held its triennial convention last week in Cleveland and elected a new slate of executive officers to lead the organization over the next three years.

Haaland, a trans man who is the political coordinator for SEIU Local 1021, will share the vice president role with Shellea Allen, a member of  UNITE-HERE Local 9 in Portland, Oregon.

Elected co-presidents of the group were Shane Larson, legislative director the D.C.-based Communication Workers of America, and Lori Pelletier, secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

“We are at a critical juncture for our labor movement as well as the LGBT movement,” stated Larson in a release announcing the new leadership slate. “The enemies of organizing don’t care if you are gay or straight, transgender or bisexual or what color your skin is or your faith, they are out to see that workers lose their voice and it is up to us to fight back.”

Delegates at the confab also passed a number of resolutions supportive of union actions and LGBT issues. Several measures that were approved dealt specifically with transgender concerns.

Pride at Work members voted to support annual participation in the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which takes places on November 20 each year, and to expand efforts “to achieve full respect, dignity and justice for transgender and nonconforming workers,” including outreach activities, skills trainings and mentoring efforts.

They also called for a National Day of Action on Feb. 1, 2013, in support of transgender-inclusive health care. And they beseeched unions throughout the country to push for LGBT inclusive union contracts and transgender-inclusive health care.

Additional resolutions called for support of organizing for racial justice, mobilizing young workers, and increasing efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“Pride at Work is the voice in the LGBT community explaining how stronger and better off our community is by growing the labor movement and focusing on organizing members of our community,” stated Pelletier.


— Matthew S. Bajko, September 20, 2012 @ 1:33 pm PST
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