John M. Becker

Labor Union Pulls Convention Out of IN Over RFRA Law

Filed By John M. Becker | March 31, 2015 1:00 PM | comments

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Tags: AFSCME, Christianists, convention, discrimination, Indiana, labor, license to discriminate, Mike Pence, religious freedom, religious liberty, SB 101, solidarity, special rights

AFSCME-logo.jpgThe American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) -- the largest public employee union in the United States -- says it is pulling its upcoming Women's Conference out of Indiana "as a direct result" of the state's bigoted and discriminatory new "religious freedom" law.

The group announced the news in a press release:

In a statement released today, AFSCME International President Lee Saunders said that the conference will be relocated to a state to be determined.

"The 1.6 million members of AFSCME cannot in good conscience make such a sizeable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination. This un-American law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights. It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated."

The AFSCME Women's Conference is a bi-annual event bringing together over 700 women union members from around the country to learn organizing and leadership skills to take back to their local unions.

"AFSCME Indiana-Kentucky Organizing Committee 962 joins our International union in condemning this law. We stand for the right of all people to be treated equally, no matter their race, religion, or whom they love," said Debra Garcia, Executive Director of AFSCME 962.

The conference was scheduled to be held in October.

Other groups have threatened to move conventions out of the Hoosier State as a result of the new RFRA law, but AFSCME is the first to take definitive action.

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