FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2021
Defenders United - DefendersUnited2021@gmail.com
OPEIU - firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington D.C.— After being denied voluntary recognition yesterday by Defenders of Wildlife’s President and CEO, Jamie Rappaport Clark, a staff union, Defenders United, filed a petition today for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Although over 75% of eligible staff have already signed union authorization cards in support of the union, the staff will be asked to once again express their support for their union during a secret ballot election with the NLRB.
Below is a statement on behalf of the members of Defenders United:
“We are disappointed by our CEO’s decision to not voluntarily recognize our union. Defenders United believes that we can best improve working conditions for employees and create a more inclusive workplace by collaborating with management. We had hoped that yesterday would mark the start of a successful partnership between our union and Defenders’ official leadership. However, management appears to have left us no choice. We filed a petition today for an election with the National Labor Relations Board and we are confident that a majority of staff will vote in favor of our union for the betterment of our organization.”
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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