All they want for the holidays is respect from their employer

A group of legal aid workers who elected to unionize and join AFSCME about a year ago at the nonprofit Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) are now planning to picket outside the organization's downtown Los Angeles office at 6th and Spring, to show they mean business.  They say that bargaining has stalled repeatedly over the past ten months because their employer has been hostile to their demands for fair treatment, better wages and improved working conditions, such as parental leave. Depsite the prolongued bargaining process, ICWC Director Suzanne McCormick has submitted no proposals yet on wages or other key economic items. At the same time, she is proposing to eliminate one paid holiday, reduce payment for jury duty service, and make other cuts. The picket, timed for just before Christmas, is only the latest in a series of job actions these workers have taken to raise community awareness about their fight, in hopes of pressuring their employer to strike a fair deal. 

If you are able to take an hour at lunchtime to join their downtown LA protest at noon on December 19, please email Business Representative Gary Guthman at They could use all the support they can get to win a first contract!