Queens Defenders Fires Two Pro-Union Employees
Amid an ongoing union election at the Queens indigent defense law firm, two outspoken union supporters were fired without warning.
Sam Mellins · February 11, 2021
ALAA picket at Legal Aid Society offices regarding the termination of an employee, April 2017. | Courtesy of ALAA
Sam Mellins is senior reporter at New York Focus, which he has been a part of since launch day. His reporting has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Intercept, THE CITY, and The Nation.
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