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ANOTHER REASON FOR PRIDE: BIG WIN AT WALMART (english)
23 Jul 2003
ANOTHER REASON FOR PRIDE: BIG WIN AT WALMART

By Martha Grevatt
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Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the July 24, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper
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ANOTHER REASON FOR PRIDE: BIG WIN AT WALMART

By Martha Grevatt

As the celebrations of Pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans
communities come to a close, earthshaking and hard-won victories for
these long-oppressed people continue to make the news. First,
legalization of same-sex marriage in Can ada. Then the Supreme Court
ruling overturning the hated anti-"sodomy" laws.

Now the latest news: WalMart, the world's biggest exploiter of labor
with 1 million wage-slaves under its boot heel, has agreed to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy. This victory also reflects the strength of the LGBT movement.

This strength is demonstrated in part by the fact that the labor
movement, which is fighting for justice for all WalMart workers, has an LGBT constituency group: Pride At Work.

In response to the news about WalMart, Pride At Work stated:
"As part of a national coalition including many lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) people and organizations working to bring
attention to LGBT issues during the Wal-Mart Day of Action last
November, we are gratified that Wal-Mart has awakened to some of the
problems of one segment of the population."

HOWEVER, PAW STATED:

"We believe it's just as important what Wal-Mart did not do last week--they did not make health care affordable for their employees, straight or gay. Nor did they include domestic partner benefits--the kind of benefits unions gain for their employees every day. They did not agree to stop selling sweatshop items, many made by children. Nor did they agree to allow the workers to form a union if the majority wants to do so. While we passionately believe in nondiscrimination language for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, we do not think this one advance fixes what's wrong at the world's biggest company. For that reason, we say it's a little early to pat them on the back."

No doubt the million-strong workforce, including tens of thousands of
LGBT workers, would say "ditto" to that.

Martha Grevatt is a former member of the National Executive Committee of Pride At Work. She was instrumental in winning protective language and domestic partner benefits at Daimler Chrysler.

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