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UAW statement in response to opposition to Pride flag at General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant

06/22/12

DETROIT -- The UAW supports the decision by General Motors to display a rainbow flag at its assembly plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., in support of Pride month. 

The UAW opposes all discrimination and believes there is a definite connection between civil, human and workers' rights. This belief continues to define us today.

Solidarity means economic and social justice for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. This commitment to civil and human rights for all helped fuel many early UAW organizing victories. The UAW helped organize African-American workers during the 1930s when companies used race as a divisive anti-union strategy. In 1955 we were the first industrial union to establish a Women's Department, its mission to encourage female participation in the predominantly male UAW - and to ensure that a woman's place was in her union. We were arm in arm with the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s.

We know that in our journey for economic and social justice for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we must oppose all discrimination and intolerance. Our belief and hope is that our support of equality for everyone - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans - will help create tolerance and understanding in this country that every person is just as valuable, with shared dignity, respect and opportunity as the next, and will help build a better workplace, community and nation.

The ongoing struggle for civil and human rights for everyone -- including LGBT Americans -- cannot be separated from the fight for justice for all workers. That's something the UAW has known from the start.