Virginia ACLU staff unionize and receive voluntary recognition
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Washington-Baltimore News Guild this week announced voluntary union recognition of their employees.
This is the first step in a collaborative process as the organization and bargaining unit begin to negotiate and execute a collective agreement covering wages, hours and working conditions as defined by the national labor relations law.
The ACLU has long understood that protecting class actions is often essential to protecting individual rights. In the 1920s, the national ACLU fought anti-union campaigns. The ACLU has since built on this work, fighting for workers’ rights throughout its history. The staff’s decision to form a collective bargaining unit – called the Virginia United ACLU – continues the organization’s legacy of empowering and protecting workers.
âThe Virginia ACLU proudly led the South to a fair Commonwealth for all. We understand that promoting workers’ rights is an important part of this fight. We believe that our staff should have the necessary protection to organize and choose to join a union. We are pleased to support the rights of our staff to form a union, and welcome the Washington-Baltimore News Guild as a partner in our ongoing advocacy for civil rights and social justice, âsaid Mary Bauer, Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia.
The Virginia United ACLU said, âEveryone at the Virginia ACLU is passionate about bringing justice, equity, transparency and inclusion to the Commonwealth, and as a unity, we strive to live up to these values ââinternally. We thank the management for voluntarily recognizing our union. As new members of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, we look forward to working with the entire ACLU-VA staff for a sustainable workplace where we can all thrive and focus on the important issues of the community. civil rights and civil liberties to come. We hope to come to a fair deal that will ensure that our union achieves the vision of our organization.
The Virginia ACLU organizing is one of a growing number of ACLU affiliates and the ACLU national chapter that have formed unions.