(New York, New York, December 5, 2017) Staff members of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, announced today that they plan to unionize with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild and issued the following statement:
“As employees, we are dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and everyone living with HIV; we each also hold a very personal stake in the organization’s success. Lambda Legal has been a leader in the movement for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV since 1973, improving the lives of the communities we serve through persistent, strategic and ambitious legal advocacy, policy work and community education of the highest quality. As proud members of the Lambda Legal family, we see no better way to ensure the consistent quality of our work at the high level that today’s national landscape demands than to form a union. Unionizing helps us ensure a more equitable and transparent workplace for all Lambda Legal employees so that we can continue to advance our important mission.
“Our number one priority is, has always been and will continue to be the improvement of the lives of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We are the lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff that made the success of the past 40+ years possible. We want a collective voice and a seat at the table as the organization evolves and plans its response to an increasingly hostile federal administration and ever-changing legal landscape for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.”
Employees will vote by mail-in ballot in a representational election in the coming weeks.