Supporters of the affected staffers, who held a vigil outside AAJC’s Wilshire Boulevard offices on Monday and a protest on Tuesday, allege that the move was in response to union organizing efforts.
Staff member Donna Tang said via Facebook on Monday, “Today, 19 of my colleagues were laid off, effective tomorrow. Given a ONE-day notice. Some have worked here over 30 YEARS. I’ve only been a part of AAAJ-LA for 6 months, but I am asking for community support and solidarity.”
The Board of Directors said in a statement on Monday, “The decisions announced today were made after extensive input and analysis with staff and leadership of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles in order to position our organization to be stronger and more financially stable in the future.
“While difficult, actions taken were critical to allow us to continue the important work of advancing justice in AANHPI communities, all communities of color, immigrants and other marginalized groups moving forward.
“All efforts to reset the organization for success are being done alongside contract negotiations with the union. The board and management fully support the right of staff to organize and will continue to work in good faith with the collective bargaining unit as we have from the beginning.’
“Any characterizations of our intentions otherwise are not true.”
Advancing Justice-Los Angeles was founded in 1983 and was originally known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. It is now affiliated with Advancing Justice organizations in ot