Press Release

AFT Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of ENDA

For Release: 

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the U.S. Senate's passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

"Today, members of the U.S. Senate joined together across aisles and ideologies, and took a giant step toward eliminating discrimination for LGBTQI working Americans. In the American psyche, it has become common sense that all workers—gay or straight, transgender or not—should be judged based on the quality of their work, not on who they love or who they are.

"The final passage of ENDA is vital for our nation. As an educator, I know that our schools will be safer and more welcoming places for students to thrive and for teachers not to have to hide. As a labor leader, I know that fairness in the workplace and dignity for all workers are essential for a thriving middle class. As a lesbian, I know that future generations should never experience the discrimination that my generation and generations before mine had to endure."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.