Washington Center for Equitable Growth Unionizes with Nonprofit Professional Employees Union

Equitable Growth team members, some of whom are pictured here, kicked off the start of union negotiations with a card check.

The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union issued the below press release on July 2, 2019, announcing the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joining the union.

Today, the employees at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Equitable Growth), a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based ideas and policies to promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth, announced they have unionized with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Management at the organization has voluntarily recognized the union.

Equitable Growth employees believe that a staff union complements the organization’s mission, which seeds and elevates research and analysis on how inequality obstructs, distorts and subverts the pathways to economic growth in areas ranging from labor standards, social insurance, and taxation to competition, wages, economic mobility, and innovation.

“In the spirit of advancing evidence-backed ideas that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth, the research shows that strengthening workers’ voice is a fundamental part of achieving a more prosperous economy,” said Equitable Growth President and CEO Heather Boushey. “We believe that having a staff union at Equitable Growth will make us a stronger organization and look forward to working with union members.”

“We at Equitable Growth are joining together in union to uphold and further improve the good conditions and workplace standards we currently enjoy,” said Equitable Growth employee and NPEU member Delaney Crampton. “From our organization’s work, we know the importance of having a voice in the workplace, and with our union we will be able to live the values we promote every day at Equitable Growth.”

“We are beyond excited that the employees of Equitable Growth have chosen to join our union,” said NPEU President Kayla Blado. “Nonprofit employees continue to join together and use their collective voice to strengthen their organizations. With a union, Equitable Growth employees will have a greater say in their workplace so it continues to thrive.

Equitable Growth management and staff will now work together to create a collective bargaining agreement—also known as a union contract—that sets forth conditions of employment.

About NPEU:

The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) represents professionals employed at over a dozen nonprofit organizations, including employees at Economic Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Community Change. With about 250 members in the Washington, D.C.- area, NPEU gives nonprofit employees a voice to strengthen their workplaces and continue to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

July 2, 2019

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