The staff of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) have formed a union, AU Collective, in partnership with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500, and 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 American 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 President and CEO of Americans United, Rachel K. 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 collectively bargain and reach an agreement on a union contract.
SEIU was first founded in 1921 and now includes nearly 2 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. Learn more at www.seiu.org.
Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Learn more at www.au.org.
Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
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