Friends, colleagues, and comrades,

We are writing today to share an update from, and our hopes for, the PWU bargaining table, where we are negotiating a new contract for PWU’s National Unit as well as the Pay, Benefits, and Job Security articles for the National & Chapter Units.

This has been quite the year for Sierra Club staff, and we’re all finding our footing as we calibrate to the new, say goodbye to old friends and colleagues, and work with new leadership. In 2024, it will be more important than ever to fulfill Sierra Club’s mission and upholding our values. As this year wraps up, PWU is looking forward to our continued negotiations in 2024 with Sierra Club management. Our goal is for both parties to bring forward a representative, collaborative and fruitful bargaining platform that leads to strong investments into our staff who are on the frontlines of our most important fights.

As of now, our National Unit current contract will expire on December 31, 2023. We’re feeling disappointed after our offer of a 3 month extension of the existing contract, which aligns with Sierra Club’s stated estimated timeline for reaching an agreement, was rejected. We want to let management know that the offer is still on the table and we’re always open to discussing further extensions if they are needed. Our members have voluntarily and tirelessly worked to develop and put forward proposals that we think strengthen Sierra Club as a workplace and support Sierra Club’s effectiveness and significance in the movement. We can’t afford further delays and distractions from the important work before us here at the Sierra Club to implement the IRA, build a just transition from fossil fuels and protect the environment from extractive industry.

From the beginning, we have shared Ben Jealous’ call for a collective bargaining agreement that facilitates Sierra Club’s goal of being the most inclusive and progressive employer in the movement, and we’re eager to make progress on that kind of contract. PWU is committed to the ongoing health and well-being of the Sierra Club, and we know that that future is integrally tied to the health and well-being of the staff.

We hope everyone has a restful break, and look forward to a productive new year in our fight for climate and worker justice.

Solidarity and happy holidays,

The Bargaining Team