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BOEING Refuses To Give Benefits to Gay Married Couples in Washington State – Homophobia or Greed?

The BOEING Corporation has issued a statement to its employees late yesterday saying the company “is taking a closer look at how the passage os same-sex marriage (R-74) might impact company policies once it takes effect in December and has told union negotiators that it will deny pension survivor benefits to same-sex married couples despite passage of a marriage equality law there

The Stranger reports:

Ray Goforth [executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001] explains that his union has long sought equal pension benefits for same-sex domestic partners, to no avail. But since voters approved same-sex marriage—establishing parity with married straight couples—Goforth re-framed the proposal to apply to his union’s gay Boeing employees who wed. “Their answer was that they had no intention of granting pension survivor benefits to legally married same-sex couples because they didn’t have to,” Goforth explains. Boeing representatives told him that pensions are governed by federal law, which doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, thereby trumping the state law on the matter.

“We were profoundly disappointed to see that they would use a loophole to engage in institutionalized discrimination,” Goforth says.

Despite BOEING’s statement “to take a closer look” Goforth insists that the company was “unequivocal” in its statement to union negotiators that it intends to withhold the benefits.

BOEING posted 2011 net income of $4.02 billion, up 21.5% over a net profit of $3.31 billion in 2010 so the refusal is either a result of internal corporate homophobia or just plain GREED.

Unfortunately though this is just another in a long line of problems when it come to the state by state same-sex marriage plan.

While we pat ourselves on the back at each states victory we are still separate and not equal..

Many of the benefits issuing from the status of marriage are FEDERAL benefits, or are reflected in Federal law (i.e. taxes) and until DOMA falls this will always be the case.


Google Sets New Industry Standard in Transgender Health Care Benefits

*Crossposted from VenusPlusX  Many Thanks! –  By LilMike On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Google Sets New Industry Standard in Transgender Health Care Benefits –

It’s nice to see an industry leader such as Google step out front on this important issue. Google’s stance will make it easier for other companies to follow suit and offer similar benefits, and, as a matter of competition, make it harder for other companies to refuse to do so. When employers in the same field are desperately fighting to poach top talent from each other, as they are (see the Microsoft bacon cart for more evidence of this trend), Google’s new policy sends a strong message about how they value all of their employees. It can only be a sign of better things to come in the high-tech world, and eventually across the entire corporate spectrum.

At Google, a Transgender “Gold Standard”

The updated benefits, announced internally by company officials on Friday and effective immediately, cover transitioning procedures and treatment in accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, and include gender reassignment surgical procedures determined to be medically necessary by a doctor.

Some of the procedures covered by Google’s health care plan include genital surgery, as well as facial feminization for transgender women and pectoral implants for transgender men — surgeries that can be considered medically necessary depending on the “unique clinical situation of a given patient’s condition and life situation,” according to WPATH’s seventh version of care standards, published in September.

The article goes on to say:

Google also has more than doubled the maximum dollar amount for transgender health care benefits, from $35,000 to $75,000, the minimum amount required for a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The benefits are covered by the company’s existing insurance providers and apply to domestic employees, Newman said. Google is considering extending similar benefits to international employees, though it does not currently have a timeline for doing so.

*About LilMike is the Editor of the Sexual Freedom Project on VenusPlusX