New York, NY – Legal Service Workers and Attorneys at Youth Represent have ratified their first contract since beginning negotiations late last year. The Youth Represent workers began to organize in early 2017 to ensure better working conditions, respect, and transparency. The new collective bargaining agreement provides for union protections, salary increases, workload standards, and a binding grievance procedure. These 8 workers have now joined thousands of other legal service employees who are represented by the United Auto Workers in New York City, and chosen to come together to demand respect, transparency, and equity on the job.
This contract represents the first new collective bargaining agreement signed from a new organizing campaign since the founding of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys in 1969. The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys is the country’s oldest union of attorneys, representing staff at the Legal Aid Society of NYC, The Nassau County Legal Aid Society, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Federal Defenders of New York, Youth Represent, and CAMBA Legal Services.