Pride Month Profiles: Martha Grevatt

Martha Grevatt

For Pride Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various LGBTQ+ workers who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Martha Grevatt of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).

Martha Grevatt is a founding board member of Pride At Work. She served on the Pride At Work board from 1994–2001 and held positions in Pride At Work Ohio and Pride At Work Michigan. Grevatt has been a UAW member since 1987, when she was hired at Chrysler’s Twinsburg, Ohio, stamping plant. There Grevatt waged a long fight against sexual and homophobic harassment. She fought for—and helped win—nondiscrimination language covering sexual orientation in the 1999 UAW contracts with the Big Three. One year later, the union won domestic partner health care benefits for same-sex partners. Grevatt was a trustee of UAW Local 122 in Twinsburg and, after the plant closed and she relocated, trustee of Local 869.