AFTRA stands against Colo. Amendment 2

Short of calling for a boycott, the national board of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists last weekend voted to take a public stance of “adamant opposition” to Amendment 2, the Colorado legislation approved last year that reduces civil rights for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.

The board approved the resolution during its plenary session in L.A. It reads: “AFTRA contracts prohibit discrimination in the employment of performers based on sexual orientation.

Any employer working under an AFTRA collective bargaining agreement in Colorado or any other state has signed a contractual agreement not to discriminate on this basis, regardless of state laws. AFTRA will vigilantly enforce this provision of its contracts, and take swift action against any signatory employer found to be discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

“We stand firmly with many other arts organizations in the fight against bigotry and discrimination, and will support all appropriate efforts to overturn Amendment Two and counteract its purposes,” the resolution said.

AFTRA represents some 77,000 members nationwide. The union’s Denver Local was among the first labor orgs to officially oppose the Amendment in the months before Colorado voters approved it.

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