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December 20, 2023

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BREAKING: Greenpeace USA Workers Ratify Union Contract After Three Years of Negotiations

Washington D.C. — Workers at the environmental organization Greenpeace USA voted unanimously to ratify a collective bargaining agreement after a years-long effort. Greenpeace USA’s contract includes major improvements in pay, leave, and benefits that will advance equity and social justice in the workplace and protect members’ health and well-being. Members will have more time off to care for themselves and their families, and more paid personal leave and holidays. 

“We have reached one of the most important milestones since the formation of our union — our first contract — one that makes our members proud. This would not have been possible without every single past and present union member; every act of solidarity and sacrifice has led us and our movement closer to a just workplace,” said Mira Baum, GPUSA Workers Union bargaining team member.

The three year contract guarantees annual equity-balanced salary increases, amounting to 10.5% on average over three years with the largest increases going to the lowest paid members; increases in employer shares of health insurance premiums; at least 17 more days of paid time off for all members; stronger layoff and severance benefits; paid time to learn about justice and equity issues; and increases in many other benefits. The Greenpeace USA Workers Union is now officially a unit of the Progressive Workers Union (PWU), which also represents workers at the Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, 350.org, and Appalachian Voices.

“This contract represents a significant step forward for Greenpeace USA workers, and for Progressive Workers Union as a whole,” said CJ Garcia-Linz, President of Progressive Workers Union. “We are gratified to see management at Greenpeace USA come to the table in good faith after so many years, and hope that this contract sets a clear example for other organizations like Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists that are currently bargaining with our members.” 

The workers at Greenpeace USA are the second unit of Progressive Workers Union to finalize their first contract this year, following 350.org. The workers at Union of Concerned Scientists United are still in protracted negotiations for their first contract, years after sitting down at the bargaining table. The Sierra Club National Unit, the longest established unit at PWU, is also currently negotiating a new contract for its members, and its existing contract is set to expire on December 31 of this year, setting the stage for escalations in its bargaining tactics.

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Founded in 1992, the Progressive Workers Union (PWU) represents over 500 workers across the United States and in Puerto Rico.