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CHICAGO – Pride At Work co-President Nancy Wohlforth was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the federation’s top leadership body, during the recent AFL-CIO Convention in Chicago. Wohlforth is the first out lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person to serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
Wohlforth is also the International Secretary-Treasurer of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, a co-convener of U.S. Labor Against The War, and a Vice President of the California Labor Federation.
Wohlforth has a long history of fighting for the rights of working people, people of color, women, and the LGBT community. She began her activism in the sixties, standing side by side with people of color fighting for an end to racial inequality and was a boisterous opponent of the Vietnam War. Working in San Francisco for OPEIU, Wohlforth fought for the rights of all workers, including advocating for domestic partner benefits and contract non-discrimination language that protects LGBT workers.
“The only way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers to get and keep workplace protects and benefits that sustain our families is through a union contract,” said Wohlforth. “In my new role as a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council I will continue to spread this message and advocate for the full inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in the labor movement. We are workers, and we deserve a place at the table.”