November 2023 Church & State Magazine - November 2023

Americans United staff members form employee union


Eligible staff of Americans United recently formed a union, AU Collective, in partnership with Service Employees International Union Local 500. AU management has voluntarily recognized the union.

“We are so excited to announce the formation of AU Collective and proud to join the many organizations like ours in forming a union, particularly at this critical time for the labor movement,” the AU Collective said. “Unions benefit not only workers but also employers by allowing everyone to work together to improve working conditions and increase workplace fairness. We are grateful to Americans United’s leadership for voluntarily recognizing us and look forward to productive bargaining.”

“We’re joining the ranks of the other top-tier nonprofits with unionized staff,” said Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser. “AU fights in the courts, legislatures and the public square for justice, equality and fairness every day; and organized labor has played an important role in those same fights. We have chosen to voluntarily recognize the AU Collective and look forward to working with the union to make AU the best workplace for all of us.”

AU Collective will work with AU management to bargain collectively and reach an agreement on a union contract.

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