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Transgender Center Joins Ranks of Nonprofits Fighting Their Unionizing Workers

 

https://nonprofitqua...nizing-workers/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) Nonprofits unionizing has become an important and often-discussed topic recently. This week, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seems to have joined a list of nonprofits that are not so happy with the desire of their professionals to unionize.

 

In 2018, workers at NCTE asked for voluntary recognition of their workers’ union from the organization. That recognition was never formally granted, and this past August, the staff had a walkout in protest of the firing of a colleague of color. Workers say there has been a pattern of repeated mistreatment, and a complaint was filed by the workers for retaliation.

 

A buyout/severance package was offered to all workers, and now the organization is “embracing a new chapter” with a new executive director and a small handful of remaining staff.

 

This is just the latest nonprofits to resist worker organizing. On November 11th, NPQ’s Ellen Davis wrote about the Marciano Art Foundation coming under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board for firing 60 employees after unionization campaign was announced. On November 12th, Steve Dubb noted that workers at the Southern Poverty Law Center declared their intent to unionize, and then on November 15th, Ellen Davis updated the story with a memo from their management that they would not voluntarily recognize the union. Though, as her November 15th article describes, the stats for unionizing and its impact on women or workers of color is promising.

 

Workers at these nonprofits are attempting to protect their rights amid organizational scandals. In a work environment where workers are often exploited, formal protections against further mistreatment is extremely important. So, what gives? Why won’t these nonprofits formally and voluntarily recognize their workers’ unions?


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Kaiser Mental Health Workers Kick Off Five-Day Strike

 

https://www.courthou...ive-day-strike/

 

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LOS ANGELES (Courthouse News) – Health care clinicians across California will take to the picket lines starting Monday and throughout the week at Kaiser Permanente’s network of medical facilities due to stalled contract negotiations for mental health workers.

 

The union representing the approximately 4,000 health care professionals says the walkout will affect more than 100 Kaiser clinics from San Diego to San Francisco and other facilities in between.

 

In a statement, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) said the strike was called because they’ve been without a contract for the last year, but also to bring attention to a mental health system in which therapists are loaded with more cases than they should be asked to handle and patients are forced to wait months for appointments.

 

The union has gathered testimonials from over 1,000 patients at a website summarizing the difficulty in getting appointments with therapists and social workers and receiving medications. Striking workers say Kaiser has a broken mental health system that hurts patients.

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Psychiatric social workers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente began a weeklong, statewide strike in California on Monday, December 16, 2019. 

(Nathan Solis / CNS)


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls





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