AFL-CIO on Lesbian/Gay Rights The following passage from the Civil Rights Resolution was passed unanimously October 6, 1993 at the 20th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO. Trade Unions must guarantee that workers be judged on their work and not by irrelevant criteria that address their private lives. Dismissal and harassment of workers for reason unrelated to job performance have been used to intimidate workers from exercising their right to freely associate. The AFL-CIO protests any personnel actions taken against a worker solely on the basis of sexual orientation. We support enactment of legislation at all levels of government to guarantee the civil rights of all persons without regard to sexual orientation in public and private employment, housing, credit public accommodations and public services. We also denounce harassment or violence against anyone because of his or her sexual orientation. Affiliated unions and state and local central bodies should take an active role in opposing measures which reduce the rights of people based on their sexual orientation and should participate in appropriate coalitions in order to defeat such measures.