Organizing the workplace

Organizing the workplace

I am a paralegal at a law firm in north San Diego county in California. It's a small firm of 15 to 20 employees. As workers we are abused in a variety of ways beginning with being underpaid. We all earn well below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for paralegals which is $23.80 per hour (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm). We are overworked, each of us doing at the very least the equivalent of the work of two people. We have zero benefits except for a few paid days off and mandatory sick leave. We get no vacation time whatsoever. Enough of us are sick of it that we are ready -- if possible -- to organize ourselves. How do we do this? What's possible?


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  • commented 2017-07-04 14:32:04 -0400
    Well, I’ve done some research and I’ve learned that our option is to organize to be able to negotiate a collective bargain. We need to decide whether to create our own union or join an existing one. I got my information from a Wikihow article, “How to unionize the workplace.” [http://www.wikihow.com/Unionize-Your-Workplace] I’m at the beginning stages so I know I must be very discrete and strategic. After the holiday I will start calling local unions to see if they will work with me.
  • published this page in Message Board 2017-07-04 11:57:34 -0400