The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO announced today the voluntary recognition of its employees’ union. This is the first step in a collaborative process between the organization and the bargaining unit to negotiate and execute a collective bargaining agreement.  

“As one of the largest non-unionized ACLU affiliates, we look forward to joining the movement of nonprofit workers and laborers everywhere seeking to create sustainable and equitable workplaces,” said ACLU of Texas Staff in a joint statement. “Labor organizing was fundamental to the ACLU of Texas’ formation in 1938. We seek to live out our values by creating the workplace we need to thrive and to confront — in solidarity — the extraordinary challenges of this moment in history.”  

“We proudly support the rights of our staff to form a union and look forward to working with the union to make the ACLU of Texas a stronger workplace,” said Oni Blair, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas. 

The unionization of the ACLU of Texas is one in a growing number of ACLU affiliates and the national chapter of ACLU that have formed unions.