Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rochester Pride Weekend

This year's Pride Parade and Festival was the most successful ever!  Thousands of people were lined up along the parade route and over 20,000 went to the Festival afterwards.  Once again the beautiful Teamsters Local 118 Truck participated driven by Teamsters President Paul Markwitz.   A great time was had by all!


Bess Watts and Kendall Bell worked the Festival Labor table

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Families Belong Together Rally in Rochester

Rochester took part in rallies across America to voice their opposition to Trump Administration's  immigration policies.  Here are a few photos from the rally in Washington Square Park.   #familiesbelongtogether 





Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pride at Work Statement on Janus vs AFSCME

Pride at Work Statement on Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Ruling

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For Immediate Release
June 27, 2018
Contact: Jerame Davis – jdavis@prideatwork.org
Pride at Work Statement on Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Ruling
Washington – Today, the Supreme Court ruled against working people in unions in Janus v. AFSCME by declaring that the fair share fees unions charge to non-members for the services provided in negotiating and servicing the collective bargaining agreement violate freedom of speech. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, reacted strongly:
“After spending billions of dollars to steal a Supreme Court seat, corporate CEOs and billionaires got what they paid for today. The partisan majority on this Court has decided that the corporate interests that put them have greater rights than the American people. The right to organize is a fundamental freedom that must not be abridged. This decision is a major setback for working people all across the nation, regardless of whether they are part of a union. Just as they authorized the Muslim Ban yesterday, this Supreme Court has proven that it will stop at nothing to divide and weaken us.
“Corporate CEOs and billionaires have funded this case as a means to destroy the unions that working people have built in order undermine the basic freedoms of working people. Unions are the best way to stand up to corporate greed and unrig our economy and political system. LGBTQ working people lose greatly in this decision as well. In more than half the country, it is legal to fire an LGBTQ person solely based on their identity. A union contract is the only protection LGBTQ workers can attain against such discrimination and this ruling puts even those protections in jeopardy.
“But working people built unions out of struggle, and in worse environments than this. There are unions that are thriving in Right to Work states — just ask the Culinary Workers Union that almost shut down Las Vegas earlier this month. Working people can and are fighting back. This decision issues a very clear message to all working people: get organized and fight.”
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Pride At Work organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community for social and economic justice. We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions and we organize in the spirit of the union movement’s historic motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” Learn more at www.prideatwork

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Join us for the Pride Parade July 21st


To print out a PDF version of this flyer click here.  Please post and share.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pride at Work Statement on Masterpiece Supreme Court Ruling


For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018
Contact: Jerame Davis - jdavis@prideatwork.org
Pride at Work Statement on Masterpiece Supreme Court Ruling
Washington - Today, the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in favor of the baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission previously ruled that the bakery had violated the rights of a same-sex couple when they refused to bake a cake for their wedding. Today’s decision overturns that ruling on the grounds that the Commission was overly biased against the baker’s religion in this case.
“While I don’t agree with the entire ruling issued today by the Supreme Court, I’m heartened that the Court upheld the basic rights of states to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination,” said Jerame Davis, Executive Director of Pride at Work. “LGBTQ people should not have to worry if they will face discrimination by businesses open to the public and while this case may muddy the waters a bit, the fundamentals of state laws designed to protect LGBTQ people remain intact.”
“Today’s ruling was based entirely on the facts of this particular case and not the broader issue of discrimination,” said Shellea Allen, Co-President of Pride at Work. "The majority of the Court concluded that the Commission had not given the bakery a fair hearing due to statements on the record that indicated religious bias."
“If a business is open to the public, they must serve everyone,” said Tim Schlittner, Co-President of Pride at Work. "This is a basic tenet of any society that maintains civility and decency despite our differences. This was never about a cake. It’s about the basic rights we should all enjoy in America.”
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Pride At Work organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community for social and economic justice. We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions and we organize in the spirit of the union movement’s historic motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” Learn more at www.prideatwork.org

Did you know? Every purchase you make on Amazon can support Pride at Work's sister organization, the LGBT Labor Leadership Initiative. Learn more.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Congressional Candidates Forum

Our chapter of Pride at Work in collaboration with the Out Alliance sponsored a Congressional Candidates Forum on May 19th.   A very special thank you to the candidates who were there to discuss issues and concerns critical to the LGBTQ Community, Dylan (Robin Wilt's Representative), Rachel Barnhart, City Councilman Adam McFadden, Dr. Jim Maxwell and Assemblyman Joe Morelle. The late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a champion for LGBTQ rights and legislation and her seat will be hard to fill - it is important that we elect the best candidate who shares her values.

Forum was facilitated by Bess Watts & Kendall Bell, Pride at Work members

If you happen to be a registered Democrat, Primary Day is June 26th - VOTE!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rainbow Dialogues

March 24 The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Community Dialogues   Anne Tischer & Bess Watts presented a breakout session on “Marriage Equality: What it Takes To Create Change” at the Rochester Public Library downtown.  We’re excited to learn that some our our signs will be in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution thanks to Franklin A. Robinson, Archives Specialist who was the Facilitator of our program. 

   

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is a series of community building conversations demonstrating how LGBTQ history and archival documents from the past are relevant for people today. The Dialogues will reference and contextualize LGBTQ life in Rochester against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues.   

A big thank you to Evelyn Bailey for organizing this wonderful program.