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June 18, 2005

What unions do with dues

From WorldNetDaily:

The AFL-CIO Executive Committee's March 3 resolution, which labor officials unanimously adopted, opposes federal and state constitutional amendments to define marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman.

The resolution reiterates the AFL-CIO's "longstanding support for the full inclusion and equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the workplace and society."

The Executive Committee says a federal Marriage Protection Amendment and its state counterparts "threaten the rights of working people by creating an environment across the nation that is hostile to the rights of domestic partners, regardless of their sexual orientation."

A coalition of pro-family organizations, led by Don Wildman's American Family Association has sent a letter to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney pointing out that many, if not most of their member do not support such a resolution.

The coalition also is concerned that under the resolution, union dues and fees collected as a condition of employment could be used to help pay for political and lobbying activities designed to advance homosexual and transgender activists agendas.

The coalition wants the Executive Committee to rescind the resolution at the AFL-CIO's upcoming July 25-28 annual convention in Chicago.

The coalition, with more than three dozen national and state organizations, includes the heads of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Catholic Vote, the Coalition of African American Pastors and a number of Christian television and radio networks.

Several prominent religious and conservative leaders are represented, including Beverly LaHaye of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Janet Folger of Faith2Action, and Linda Chavez, who was President Bush's original nominee for secretary of Labor.

One of the organizations is Citizens for Community Values in Cincinnati, which is headed by a former AFL-CIO union negotiator, Phil Burress. Phil Burress was behind a very successful Ohio marriage amendment that is credited with helping President Bush win that crucial swing state in the November 2004 presidential election.


Posted by Danny Carlton at June 18, 2005 08:11 AM

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