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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, September 21, 350.org US employees voted unanimously to ratify a collective bargaining agreement after more than three years of negotiations with 350.org management. The 350 US Union is now officially a unionized shop with the Progressive Workers Union (PWU), which also represents workers at Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, Appalachian Voices, and Greenpeace USA.
The contract ends a years-long fight that spanned the tenures of many 350 US workers and executive staff. Union organizers say the issues raised three years ago were still relevant in negotiations up until agreement was reached this month: the need for equitable pay and hiring practices, transparency in management practices, a more level playing field for supervisors and policy decisions, and more commitment to rooting out internal systems of racism.
“I’m so proud to have been part of this process and grateful to all of the 350 US workers and PWU members who put their own jobs on the line to get us to this point. And, I’m so proud that our work has started a domino effect within the organization; now other country-teams have started the unionization process,” said JL Andrepont, Senior Policy Analyst, PWU Executive Committee Member and Senior 350 PWU Unit Steward. “Black, Indigenous People of Color, Women and Femme staff have led this fight from the beginning to make 350 a more just and equitable workplace. After over three years of, at times, incredibly contentious negotiations we’ve finally made it across the finish line. This is a win for all 350 workers, all progressive workers, and especially for all BIPOC workers across the climate movement.”
The contract includes significant protections for workers against discrimination, and legal commitments to workers regarding the organization’s diversity goals and practices. It guarantees cost of living adjustments to workers moving forward, as well as retroactive cost of living pay for the past two years to ensure that salaries keep up with inflation.
“This contract represents a significant step forward for 350 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 350 come to the table in good faith after so many years, and hope that this contract sets a clear example for other organizations currently in bargaining.”
The Greenpeace USA, Appalachian Voices, and UCS United units are still in protracted negotiations for their first contracts, years after sitting down at the bargaining table.
Founded in 1992, the Progressive Workers’ Union (PWU) represents over 350 workers across the United States and in Puerto Rico.