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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Workers Unionize At Two NYC Legal Non-Profits ‘To Ensure Safe Working Conditions’

Published Thursday, March 26, 2020
by New York City AFL-CIO Labor Council News
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Workers Unionize At Two NYC Legal Non-Profits ‘To Ensure Safe Working Conditions’

(MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) - Workers at two New York City Legal Non-Profits - the Children’s Law Center and the Safe Passage Project - announced this week in a delegation to their management that they are forming a Union with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325.

The Safe Passage Staff supports immigrant youth throughout New York State in fighting deportation, while the Children’s Law Staff provides legal representation to New York City’s children at the center of family disputes involving custody, visitation, guardianship, paternity, family offense, and related child protective proceedings, and in appeals, in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.

The Workers have called upon their respective managements to recognize their Unions immediately amid this crisis.

Workers say that while the COVID-19 epidemic was not their motivation to Unionize, it has only furthered their resolve, as a Unionized workplace can safeguard against occupational hazards and serve as a vehicle of advocacy for their clients.

As Attorneys, Paralegals, Social Workers and others, these Workers are Emergency Responders providing crucial services in this time of crisis.

“On the legal front, the COVID-19 Pandemic ‘can only be addressed by a highly Organized Labor force which is willing and ready to confront the upcoming challenges,’” said Jared Trujillo, the President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 23235.

“By forming a Union, the Staff of CLC and SPP ‘have taken the first step in ensuring that in this and future crises their well-being and the well-being of their clients is prioritized,” Trujillo said.

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