SAN DIEGO – June 27, 2015 – The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Barrera issued the following statement following Friday’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling:

“This historic Supreme Court decision proves that when our communities organize and stand together to advocate for justice and fairness – we win. We are especially grateful for the work that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has done to achieve marriage equality. The dedication and courage of our LGBT brothers and sisters has made the future brighter for working families throughout the San Diego and Imperial Counties.

While we celebrate this momentous decision, we must not forget that the fight for equality for all Americans is far from over. Twenty-nine states lack legal protections for workers who are discriminated against because of who they love. Thirty-two states lack protections for workers who identify as transgender. Five states lack hate crimes statutes – including South Carolina, where the Confederate flag still flies over the Statehouse nearly two weeks after the Charleston shootings.
If we are ever going to put an end to discrimination in our workplaces and our neighborhoods, we must seize every opportunity to take action against injustice. A threat to any working family is a threat to every working family and we must stand together to promote equality and fairness for all.”

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s Delegates took action at their Wednesday, June 24th meeting to establish a committee to address racism and workplace discrimination in the region. Updates on the committee’s progress will be available on the Labor Council’s website:


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Samantha Peterson


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