Resolution Promoting Safety and a Supportive Environment at Labor Conventions

June 20, 2019

The following resolution was passed at the June 19 Delegates Meeting.

WHEREAS, the Labor movement prioritizes the quality of life for women, gender minorities and all workers, both on the job and in the community, and seeks to lead by example; and

WHEREAS, #MeToo and allied movements, like those led for women’s safety in the hospitality industry and other workplaces by UniteHere8, SEIU Local 6, SAG/AFTRA and others, have rapidly extended the fight against sexual assault and harassment, bullying, sexism, and discrimination in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, the Labor movement gathers with the intent of convening a positive event that furthers all of Labor’s goals; and

WHEREAS, unfortunately, the tradition of conferences and conventions was established decades ago and have not been scrutinized adequately by most organization and industries, including Labor; and

WHEREAS, these events do result in intoxication in an environment where participants are isolated from their families and others who would scrutinize bad behavior;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that an AFL-CIO Code of Conduct liaison or ombud be present, easily identifiable, and give their best contact info at each WSLC or AFL-CIO sanctioned conference, convention, or large gathering; and be it further

RESOLVED, all event participants exercise professional behavior and do not touch people without consent; and be it further

RESOLVED, that there be a sober space and quiet lounge for people to relax or enjoy themselves safely and that all spaces including bathrooms be accessible and properly labeled for gender minorities; and be it further

RESOLVED, that family members or other supportive people be encouraged to attend the conference and participate where appropriate; and be it further

RESOLVED, by attending AFL-CIO affiliated events in WA State all attendees agree to abide by the Code of Conduct, and the law, and understand they will be held accountable for their behavior, and understand that there are repercussions; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that this resolution is forwarded to the WSLC for adoption at the annual convention.

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