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    This reminds me of the front pager that posted Chrysler "gave" election day off to the workers over the Romney flap. No, election day was a negotiated day off thanks to the UAW. I pointed this out but to no avail.

    Same with this. I couldn't find my 1999 UAW-Ford contract book but I'd remembered this. From 2008 Labor Studies.

    Fighting for Equal Treatment: How the UAW Won Domestic Partnership Benefits and Discrimination Protection for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Members

        Monica Bielski Boris (mbielski@uiuc.edu)

    Abstract

    This article explores how the United Auto Workers (UAW) came to address the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/sexual (LGBT) union members. The UAW demonstrated its commitment to LGBT concerns through its successful fight to provide health care benefits to same-sex domestic partners during the contract negotiations of 1999 with the “Big Three” U.S. automakers. The UAW, however, does not fit the structural or demographic profile of a union likely to be proactive on LGBT issues because the union represents predominantly blue-collar men in private sector manufacturing jobs. An intensive qualitative case study of the UAW’s response to sexual orientation concerns was conducted to explore the adequacies of the predominant theories regarding labor unions and sexual orientation. The case study found that the responsiveness of the UAW was associated with individual and collective agency, the support of outside allies, and ideological traditions of social movement unionism.

    UAW-Ford Department was the spearhead for this. We negotiated for same sex partners! They didn't even have to be married! I wish people would realize that companies like the Big Three don't "give" you anything. It's all negotiated.

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 05:54:40 AM PST

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