NELA Members and Affiliate Members: Join NELA's Grassroots Advocacy Team!
Legislative advocacy must be part of our legal advocacy toolkit if we are going to represent our clients to the best of our ability. I hope you will join me in making legislative advocacy a personal priority by becoming a member of NELA’s Grassroots Advocacy Team (GAT). Together, we will promote legislation and public policies that advance equality and justice in the American workplace. To become an active member of our Team, please complete the attached Grassroots Advocacy Team questionnaire. (Your responses will remain confidential.)
As you know, the courthouse doors slam shut every day on America’s workers because of pro-business court decisions—including those that uphold forced arbitration of employment disputes, prevent workers from bringing class and collective actions in any forum (whether in voluntary arbitration or the courts), and keep workers from having their cases heard by a jury. In addition, present tax laws create unfair and arbitrary distinctions among taxpayers by requiring workers to pay taxes on non-economic damages they receive in employment cases, and increasing their tax burden when they receive lump sum awards for front and back pay. As I travel around the country, I hear NELA members and Affiliate members tell me we need federal judges who will administer justice fairly, and who do not place the interests of corporations over the rights of workers.
NELA’s legislative and public policy priorities—the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013 (AFA), the Civil Justice Tax Fairness Act (formerly the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act), and federal judicial selection and nominations—directly address these critical issues for you and your clients. To achieve them, we must establish and utilize relationships with elected officials, proactively educate policymakers and the public about NELA’s priorities, and be ready to respond to any future crisis that negatively impacts America’s workers. In this regard, your involvement is crucial to help NELA develop a strong government relations and constituent-based advocacy program.
Remember there is strength in numbers, and NELA is the largest plaintiffs’ employment law firm on the planet! As the need arises, NELA will call upon GAT members to help us achieve our mission of advocating for equality and justice in the American workplace. For more information, please refer to our Grassroots Advocacy Team FAQs, or email Julie Strandlie, NELA’s Legislative & Public Policy Director.
Thank you for joining me in raising our voices for change! I look forward to working with you.
David L. Lee
P.S. Please complete our Grassroots Advocacy Team questionnaire right away – this will take less than five minutes of your time.