Labor: A Decades Long Partnership
Ray Holman: UAW Local 6000 Legislative Liaison
Originally printed 7/17/2014 (Issue 2229 - Between The Lines News)
1 Can you briefly explain the very close relationship between labor and LGBT movements over the decades?
The union movement has a history of supporting groups that have been discriminated against. Additionally, we have fought to provide healthcare coverage for domestic partners, and we won this for our members in our collective bargaining agreement. Representing state workers, we argued that we need to attract the most qualified and talented employees we can find to provide excellent service to Michigan citizens. Note Gov. Snyder attempted to take this legally negotiated benefit away, but he failed fortunately.
2 Why have the two movements been so closely tied together, and what has that meant for both movements?
Some rich and powerful groups/institutions have politically tried to exploit hate and misunderstandings. People that have no business supporting policies that weaken their economic positions in life have been seduced and encouraged and given into ignorant fears and prejudice.
3 What does being an ally working so prominently for the labor movement mean to you personally and why?
The LGBT community understands what it's like to be persecuted, attacked and alienated much like - unfortunately - the labor movement. Also, the LGBT community brings a lot of resources to the table - talent, creativity and expertise - to the civil rights battle that will be ongoing. We are actually dependent on the alliance now and we are growing even stronger together.
4 What are your big take-aways for the LGBT community about the importance of the labor movement in America?
For me personally, the alliance has opened up new friendships with talented people that have already enriched my life.
5 Please tell our readers about your organization and what you do for it.
I am UAW Local 6000 legislative liaison. We represent 17,000 state employees in all the departments. We have almost every type of profession in our collective bargaining unit that you can think off.
- Michigan For Marriage Meets In Ferndale
- Dave Agema: Arab Fighter Pilots Are
- Richard Bernstein: The Face Of Blind Justice
- MOASH Awarded Federal Funding To Improve Outcomes For LGBT Youth In Michigan
- Ally vs. Extremist: McKenzie Seeks 11th District Win
- WMU To Award LGBT Alumna At Homecoming Event
- Marriage Equality: 'It's Coming' Say LGBT Advocates
- Launch Of The 2014 Michigan Voter Guide
- Ann Arbor Adopts Updated Non-Discrimination Ordinance
- Upcoming Mental Health Training Is Joined By Sex Therapist
- Co-Founder Awards Substantial Gift To Equality Michigan
- Michigan Roundtable To Honor Michigan Social Justice Advocates
- LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's
- Pastors Declare Challenge To Civil Rights For Michigan LGBT Community
- Mark Totten Seeks Attorney General Seat, Speaks On Schuette
- MSHDA Under Investigation, Snyder Fundraiser Raises Questions
- ACLU Dinner Honors Local Heroes
- Masquerave At ARTLABJ And Saginaw
- Coming Out With Self and With Michigan
- Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation
- A Solid LGBT Ally In Peters
- Gary Peters Releases Statement On SCOTUS Decision
- Marriage 'Decision Day' Gatherings To Be Held Throughout State
- Widman Home Services, Inc.
- Families and Parents
- PFLAG Lenawee
- Florists/Floral Design
- Ashley's Flowers
- Funeral Services
- Spaulding & Curtin Funeral Directors
- Rainbow Jewelers
- Moving Companies
- Two Men And A Truck
- National Organizations
- Immigration Equality
- Physicians/Gynecology & Obstetrics
- Partridge Creek Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Religious & Spiritual
- Congregation Shir Tikvah
- Detroit Derby Girls
Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more
- Q&A: Annie Lennox On Her Legacy, Why Beyonce Is 'Feminist Lite'
- Q&A: Getting To The Core Of Nick Jonas: Abs, Album & That Gay Striptease 'They Made Me Do'
- GOP Hopeful Wants 'Christians' Fleeing MI If Gays Get Civil Rights
- Creep of the Week: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
- Q&A: Lisa Kudrow On Judging 'Drag Race' (As Valerie Cherish!) & Gays Being Biologically 'Superhuman'
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!
In a Sept. 27 op-ed in the Detroit News, conservative Republican columnist Nolan Finley raised serious concerns about three Republican candidates running for the state house Nov. 4. Todd Courser of Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Gary Glenn of Midland -- all correctly identified by Finley as a "trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny." Nolan describes Glenn and Courser as "extremely anti-gay (who) would turn the Republican Party into a fundamentalist denomination of the Christian Church if given the chance." Finley warned that the trio's narrow views on the Legislature could cripple the government and its ability to work across the aisle to move the state forward. Their agenda also includes killing any expansion of the Elliot-Larsen act to include LGBT protections.View More Pride Source Votes
This Week's Issue
Download or view this week's print issue today!
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!