FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2021
Defenders United - DefendersUnited2021@gmail.com
OPEIU - firstname.lastname@example.org
Defenders United Moves Forward with Union Recognition
After Being Denied Recognition, Union Files Petition for an Election
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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