Children's Law Center Staff ‘Goes Union,” Joins UAW 2325 In ‘Landslide’ Vote
(NEW YORK CITY) - In a landslide vote of 46-to-1, Workers employed at the Children's Law Center based in New York City have decisively won their Union with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA)-United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325 in an NLRB Mail Ballot Election.
These Workers are the latest in an upsurge of organizing of Legal Services Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic and over the last few years.
Since the pandemic, ALAA reports that more than 400 new Workers have joined its ranks from for non-profit organizations.
The Children's Law Center Workers - Attorneys, Social Workers, Advocates, Paralegals and Administrative Staff - provide essential legal services and representation to children involved in custody, visitation, guardianship and domestic violence proceedings.
Back in March, the Children’s Law Center and the Safe Passage Project announced they would be teaming up with ALAA-UAW Local 2325 to ensure safe working conditions amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“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,’” ALAA-UAW Local 2325 President Jared Trujillo said. “By forming a Union, the Staff of Children’s Law Center and Safe Passage Project ‘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.’”
While the Workers said their plan was to Unionize was not caused by the Coronavirus itself, the outbreak only furthered their resolve, as a Unionized Workplace can safeguard against occupational hazards and serve as a vehicle of advocacy for their clients.
The Workers felt that as Attorneys, Paralegals, Social Workers and others, they were a different kind of Emergency Responders - providing crucial services in this time of crisis.
“We ‘need to ethically and zealously advocate for clients, and we cannot do that if we’re burned out and without case caps,’” said Arlette Herrera, a Legal Clerk at the Safe Passage Project.
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