By NYC CLC
Workers at CAMBA Legal Services, members of UAW Local 2325, appear headed for a third week of their strike in response to CAMBA management’s refusal to provide industry-standard benefits and compensation. CLS provides free legal services for low-income New Yorkers in eviction prevention, foreclosure, immigration, and consumer law. CLS staff represent thousands of clients in housing court.
CLS staff reached a stalemate with management over key issues, including the refusal by management to provide paid parental leave, salary increases for support staff, and competitive compensation on par with industry standards. CAMBA management made their “final offer” more a month ago and have offered no changes to their proposal since. Yesterday, the union issued a statement refuting CAMBA’s assertion to the media that the union had walked away from negotiations:
“We have been picketing at various CAMBA offices to raise awareness and show our support to our fellow workers and clients. The community is behind us. Our clients are behind us. Stakeholders are behind us.
These are the facts. We cannot bargain with ourselves.
We want to return to work. We care so deeply for our clients. But the revolving door at CLS is unacceptable and without proper benefits and wages, we will only continue to leave in order to support our families. What you are forgetting is that we unionized so that we can make CLS a place where committed and talented employees stay for the long haul.
If you want to come back to the table, we have a seat waiting for you.”
This week, the union was joined on the picket lines by State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, and hundreds of supporters. Read more about the strike here and follow the CAMBA workers on Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming actions and other ways to show your support!