Workers At Justice In Motion Win Union Recognition With UAW Local 2325
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – Justice in Motion has recognized the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys-United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325 as the Collective Bargaining Representative of its Workers - pursuant to a card check, it was announced.
Staff emphasized that while the Coronavirus Pandemic is not the reason they organized, it brought to light the need to work together for the sustainability of the organization and set a positive example for other non-profits during the current crisis.
In a statement the Justice in Motion Union said: “As Justice in Motion Staff Members deeply committed to Migrant Rights, we are inspired to take the important step of Unionizing in order to create a more sustainable and just future for the organization and everyone it serves. We are dedicated to our work, to our colleagues and to making our workplace the best it can be. We firmly believe that our Union will benefit the organization as a whole by improving retention and giving Employees the security we need to do our best work.”
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys-UAW Local 2325 President Jared Trujillo said: “We applaud Justice in Motion for living up to its values and setting an example for other legal services non-profits. This is the kind of leadership we need during a difficult period for Workers across the country.”
Justice in Motion Executive Director and Founder Cathleen Caron said: “We are pleased to have our outstanding staff add their talent, social justice commitment and voice to the Labor Movement.”
Justice in Motion management and Staff now look forward to negotiating a contract that will safeguard and reinforce the organization’s long-standing values of transparency and collaboration, the Union announced.
Farmworker Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate Caron founded Justice in Motion in 2005 to address a growing crisis in our globalizing economy: Abused Migrant Workers were shut out of the justice system because they returned to their families in their home countries.
Caron recognized that this was a global phenomenon, but saw a solution.
Human Rights Lawyers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) could work together, across borders, to secure access to justice for those Migrant Workers.
To make justice across borders a reality, Justice in Motion formed a Defender Network of Human Rights Lawyers and non-profit organizations throughout Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Defenders partner with U.S. lawyers on concrete legal cases for Migrants, as well as advocacy and community education projects across the region.
Now, Justice in Motion works to defend the rights of thousands of Migrants from across the region each year - from parents separated from their children at the U.S. Border to Migrant Workers exploited by U.S. employers, to children seeking safety from harm.