Members of A Better NYLAG Hold Two-Day Strike for a Fair Contract
More than 250 legal service workers at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), unionized under the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys - UAW Local 2325 (ALAA), held a two-day strike this week as part of their fight for a fair contract. Members of A Better NYLAG (ABN) have been bargaining for a fair contract since June 2022, and eight months later, NYLAG has still refused to move on key issues: salary, healthcare, and a sustainable workload. ABN members picketed outside of NYLAG’s main office at 100 Pearl Street in Manhattan both days.
NYLAG has proposed insignificant salary scale increases that do not result in raises for all members due to record inflation. On top of that, NYLAG is proposing increased health insurance costs for members that would result in some members actually seeing pay cuts and making less money overall than their counterparts in other NYC legal services organizations. ABN members need workload protections because their current workload is unsustainable, but NYLAG’s proposed standard is impossibly high and subject to so many exceptions that it negates any real enforcement.
ABN’s Bargaining Committee and NYLAG are scheduled for another bargaining session early next week, and the union hopes to see substantial movement from NYLAG at the table after this week’s action. Follow the ABN union's fight on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and read more in Hell Gate!