More than 50 labor unions totaling over two million members, including the Service Employees International Union State Council, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association, the California Faculty Association, UNITE HERE! and the Screen Actors Guild, filed an amicus brief Tuesday with the California Supreme Court in support of overturning Proposition 8.
From the Sacramento Bee:
“In their amicus brief, the unions argue that Proposition 8 would amend discrimination into the state constitution and divide Californians into ‘suspect classifications.’…’It really does establish the potential for a slippery slope of taking away the rights of one group and then potentially the rights of another group and another group,’ Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, said during a teleconference with reporters. Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California and a member of the No on 8 campaign committee, called the court filing ‘a very significant brief.’ …’We believe that the leadership of labor in this brief is going to have a tremendous impact,’ Kors said. But Andrew Pugno, an attorney for the Yes on 8 campaign, played down the importance of the unions’ court action. He noted that many union members voted for Proposition 8.”
Labor coalition asks state justices to overturn Prop. 8 [sacramento bee]