The unit of 53 employees of the nation’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition said they are unionizing in appreciation of their coalition’s legacy and with the hope of collaborating with outgoing interim president and CEO, Wade Henderson, and incoming president and CEO, Maya Wiley, both of whom are well-known, outspoken advocates for the rights and dignity of working people. “We make the choice to devote our time and energy to this process as a statement of personal investment in and deeply felt care for The Leadership Conference and its long-term success. We believe by raising our voice collectively — as a diverse group of workers from different levels and departments — we can better work with senior leadership to successfully address workplace issues and to make The Leadership Conference an even better place to work,” they wrote.
LCWU plans to continue the organizations’ tradition of transparent and open communication to address employee career growth and retention, among other benefits that better align with the policies The Leadership Conference lobbies for at the federal level.
“We believe this process will help the organizations recruit and retain workers, and will set up The Leadership Conference for its next 72 years and beyond of service to the movement,” they said.
The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, represents more than 100,000 working people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Representing employees in nonprofit organizations, technology, credit unions, hospitals, insurance agencies, colleges and universities, hotels, administrative offices and more, OPEIU is committed to advancing economic justice for working people no matter their occupation. Professional organizations and guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes podiatrists, registered nurses, teachers, helicopter pilots and Minor League Baseball umpires. OPEIU is an affiliate of the 12.5 million-member strong AFL-CIO.
OPEIU Local 2 is a labor union supporting over 8,000 professional workers in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We represent staff members across a number of sectors, including healthcare, non-profit, and more.
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