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NPEU is formally recognized by National Center for Transgender Equality in a historic move for the organization

The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) are pleased to announce the Union’s official recognition, based on a mutually agreed card-check among NCTE staff.

In November 2021, the staff of NCTE joined together in a union with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) to form NCTE United. NCTE United requested recognition, and the NCTE Board and management unanimously approved using a neutral card-check process for voluntary recognition, and the parties completed that process on December 20, 2021.

NCTE advocates for change in policy and society to create a better world for transgender people. The vision for NCTE is to achieve a society that not only respects transgender people but allows us to thrive and be free from discrimination and violence.

“Working with management, they have demonstrated respect for establishing this union and ensuring we have a work-life balance that will lead to successful opportunities in our advocacy,” said members of NCTE United. “Because of such dedication, we are optimistic that NCTE will be a better place to work and allow all staff to thrive within their respective positions. We look forward to working with management as we begin bargaining.”

“We’re so excited for NCTE United,” said NPEU President Katie Barrows. “Voluntary recognition was a collaborative process between NCTE United and NCTE management, and we look forward to supporting NCTE United as they bargain their first union contract.”

“This is a historic moment for NCTE,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, who has been NCTE’s executive director since July 2021. “As a social justice organization, we believe that supporting employees’ right to form a union can only make us stronger as we continue to fight for justice for the transgender community. Now that recognition has been achieved, we look forward to working in good faith toward a successful first contract.”

About NPEU:

The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), a local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, represents professionals employed at more than 40 nonprofit organizations (and counting), including employees at Economic Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Community Change. With several hundred members, NPEU gives nonprofit workers a voice to strengthen their workplaces and continue to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

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