MADRE Staff United notified MADRE’s leadership on November 1 of the union and swiftly received voluntary recognition from the organization’s management team and board. When notifying MADRE leadership of its formation, MADRE Staff United members expressed that they are proud to work for an organization that undertakes innovative, intersectional work, and that its members are grateful to MADRE’s leadership for its dedication to making MADRE a place that inspires and motivates staff, the organization’s partners, and the larger community of the feminist movement. Union members believe that forming a union is the best way forward in continuing that transformative and collaborative change and for living MADRE’s feminist progressive values from within.
MADRE leadership is proud to support our staff in this effort and to join the growing number of nonprofit workplaces with collective bargaining agreements. We look forward to working with our colleagues and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) in reaching an agreement that reflects our shared commitment to human rights and social justice.
MADRE Staff United members join thousands of non-profit workers across the United States represented by OPEIU’s Nonprofit Employees United initiative. They join OPEIU Local 2, which represents over 7,000 workers, many of whom work in the international affairs and human rights sectors. In the upcoming weeks, employees look forward to sitting down with MADRE management to begin negotiating a first contract.
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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