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Domestic Partnership News Archive
December 01 - December 05, 1999
This page contains news for
the period Wednesday, December 01, 1999 through Sunday, December 05, 1999.
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Friday, December 03, 1999
GTECH extends health benefits to
A story released today by PR/Newswire reports
that GTECH Holdings Corporation (NYSE: GTK) will extend healthcare benefits to the
domestic partners of its U.S. employees, promoting diversity in the workplace.
Domestic partner healthcare benefits, which currently are offered by
only nine percent (1) of private employers nationwide, will extend the Company's
healthcare benefits to a GTECH employee's unmarried domestic partner of the same or
opposite sex, as well as the dependent children of the domestic partner. The policy will
extend to all eligible U.S. employees and will become effective January 1, 2000.
"Providing our employees with a diverse and inclusive workplace
is one of our corporate objectives and this initiative supports that goal," said
William Y. O'Connor, GTECH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that, in
an increasingly competitive employment market, this gives us an edge in attracting and
retaining talented people."
GTECH Corporation is the world's leading supplier of computerized
online lottery products and services, GTECH has contracts to supply and/or operate lottery
systems to 82 customers, in 36 countries on six continents.
Thursday, December 02, 1999
Boeing union rejects
company's contract offer
A story published today in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports
that The Boeing Co.'s second-largest union resoundingly rejected the company's "best
and final" contract offer, sending both sides back to the bargaining table.
More than 98 percent of the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace union voted against the company's contract proposals.
Union officials said last night's vote represented one of the
highest turnouts ever. Of the 12,639 ballots sent to union members, 10,530 were returned.
As of yesterday, SPEEA had 13,148 dues-paying members.
Among the provisions rejected by the union was a company offer to
give domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples only. Union negotiators have insisted
that all unmarried couples, same and opposite-sex partners alike, should be eligible for
the new program.
North Carolina taxpayers may
proceed with lawsuit challenging domestic partner benefits
A story published today in the Advocate reports that a lawsuit
challenging domestic-partnership policies in two North Carolina cities was allowed to go
forward after a judge on Tuesday rejected efforts to stop it.
Twelve residents from Chapel Hill and Carrboro have challenged the
policies that allow gay and straight municipal workers to have benefits for their
partners. Judge James Davis rejected arguments from attorneys for the two towns, who
claimed the taxpayers lacked legal standing to challenge the policies.
"I certainly dont view this as a setback," Carrboro
mayor Mike Nelson, who is gay, told the paper. "What were really talking about
is how families are treated in our culture. And thats a long-term battle. And I
dont think one case or one motion means a whole lot in the long term."
Wednesday, December 01, 1999
Domestic partners will
get family discounts at Bally's gym
A story published today in the Sun-Sentinel
reports that Bally's Total Fitness will begin offering family dicounts to dometic partners
of members. The discount was previously reserved for married spouses.
The change in policy was Inspired by the query of a Fort Lauderdale chiropractor.
Bally's Total Fitness gym announced on Wednesday it will extend
spouse and family discounts if the member and a partner can show a domestic partner
certificate issued by a government entity.
According to the story, the gym drew the ire of the gay community
last month when Donna Watson, the chiropractor, tried to sign up her partner, Denise
Carroll, under a special discount for members' spouses. Watson and Carroll had registered
as domestic partners under the 11-month-old county law, which gives them jail and hospital
visitations as well as the right to make medical decisions for each other.
But when Watson tried to buy a discounted membership for Carroll's
birthday, she says, a midlevel manager told her the gym would not honor her domestic
partnership certificate. She later found out Bally's gives discounts to domestic partners
in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Manhattan.
On Wednesday, Bally's spokesman Dave Southern said the company would
extend that policy to its 360 facilities nationwide. And they will throw in a free
membership for Watson's trouble.
"It seems to me the best policy was to honor domestic partner
certificates when they are issued by a responsible government," Southern said from
company headquarters in Chicago.
Latvian bureaucracies oppose
official registry for same-sex couples
A story published today in the Advocate reports that several Latvian
ministries have objected to the idea of allowing gays and lesbians to register their
relationships. The information was obtained from the Baltic News Service.
The objections focus on a bill pending in Parliament that would
allow for a domestic-partner registry for gay couples. The welfare, education, and
interior ministries have all objected to the measure. "Upon improving Latvias
legislation in line with experience of Europes democratic countries, the traditional
historic view of each nation and each country about the family, marriage, and objectives
of these values is highly important," the welfare ministry said.