Equitable Growth ratifies collective bargaining agreement with Nonprofit Professional Employees Union

Elena Waskey, ewaskey@equitablegrowth.org

WASHINGTON – The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has officially ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union, IFPTE Local 70. The agreement, which was ratified on August 14, includes improvements in pay equity, paid time off, and retirement contributions.

“I am proud to officially call the Washington Center for Equitable Growth a union shop,” said President and CEO Michelle Holder. “As a labor economist, I understand the importance of collective bargaining for workers and the economy. I look forward to working with Equitable Growth union members in the months and years ahead to foster a productive relationship.”

In addition to implementing a $50,800 midpoint wage floor, the collective bargaining agreement includes a commitment to increase pay equity by bringing every unit member to within 10 percent of market pay in the Washington, DC metro area. Equitable Growth first announced formation of the union in 2019.

Additional highlights of the agreement include:

  • Job ladders within 6 months of contract ratification
  • Just-cause protections
  • 360-degree review professional feedback initiative pilot program
  • Guaranteed cost-of-living increases annually for eligible staff
  • Increases in annual amount of paid time off for health and wellness of all employees, including for work anniversaries
  • Increased employer contribution to 401(k) tax-deferred retirement savings plans, regardless of the level of employee contributions
  • Up to 8 weeks of 100 percent paid parental leave and 6 weeks of 100 percent paid leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • One regular telework day per week to maximize productivity and performance
  • Commitment to funding more research on, and more Black scholars studying, the lived experience and legacy of structural racism

The Equitable Growth Labor Management Committee will collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including diversity initiatives, external relations, and procurement policies.

The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union IFPTE Local 70 represents professionals employed at more than 40 nonprofit organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Community Change. NPEU gives nonprofit workers a voice to strengthen their workplaces and continue to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives. To read NPEU’s release announcing the contract, click here.


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For more information, see www.equitablegrowth.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @equitablegrowth.

October 13, 2021


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