Today, it was confirmed that a majority of the staff members of Legal Aid of the District of Columbia (Legal Aid) elected to unionize and be represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320. Legal Aid voluntarily recognized the Union.
“At Legal Aid, we believe that every worker deserves a living wage, safe working conditions, and to be treated with dignity, and that labor organizing has long been a critical part of furthering workers’ rights,” said Rachel Rintelmann, Interim Co-Executive Director. “Our attorneys and staff are some of the most talented, committed professionals in the District, and we are proud of their decision to join the organizing movement.”
Legal Aid’s staff members have joined the 12% of American workers who belong to unions, including workers at peer organizations in legal services and advocacy like the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the National Women’s Law Center.
Legal Aid will now bargain in good faith with the Union to collectively bargain a contract.