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    Posted October 17, 2009

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Pride and Solidarity in Action Forum for New York City Union Members

Saturday November 14
2:00 pm to 7:00pm

New York City Committee of Pride in Our Union and Empire State Pride Agenda are pleased to present: Best Practices in Health Benefits. Panelists will discuss domestic partner, marriage recognition and transgender inclusion. This panel will feature:

  • Nicole Aniello, New York City Carpenters Union Local 926 member

  • Scott Krywanczyk, public school teacher, UFT member

  • James Staley, Chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Committee, Local 010, CSEA (New York City)

Two-Way Solidarity. Panelists will highlight how the LGBT community supports labor movement struggles for social and economic justice; and how union solidarity supports LGBT equality and justice. This panel will feature:

  • Retail Action Project Organizer Phil Andrews and retail campaign worker, RWDSU

  • Rona Freiser, UFT Queens Boro Representative (Queens)

And a break out session, Navigating Challenging Discussions on Diversity with members of the Pride in the Pulpit People of Color Committee; NYS AFL-CIO Community Outreach staffer; and SEIU 1199 Education staffer. Participants can share how LGBT activists and union members can navigate challenging conversations with co-workers on faith-based objections to LGBT rights and inclusion. This session will feature:

  • Danny Jimenez, SEIU 1199 UHE, Education and Development Department Staff (New York)

  • Neil Kirby, Chairperson of the Political Action Committee, Local 010 of CSEA, Region II (New York City)

  • Fareed Michelen, Community Liaison, NYS AFL-CIO (Albany)

  • Jeff Oshins, Local 375 Delegate and Co-Chair, Labor and Political Action Committee (New York)

Participants will also have input into the Pride in Our Union Action Plan for 2010.

Please put this on your calendar AND help make this a success by bringing your Union friends, co-workers and allies to this event. Please RSVP.

Date: November 14, 2009
Time: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Center for Worker Education, The Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY 25 West 43rd Street, 19th floors, NY, NY 10036 between 5th and 6th Ave. (B, C subways (42nd Bryant Park stop) or 7 train (5th Ave stop).

Refreshments upon arrival and wine & cheese reception at the close.

RSVP's required. Please contact statewide Pride in Our Union Coordinator Sheilah Sable at or 518-472-3330 ext 303.

Click here for flyer (PDF)

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