LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced a groundbreaking proposal Thursday evening that would allow all of the organization’s employees seeking to unionize to do so. The proposal comes just one month after a group of employees and representatives from CWA Local 9003 sent the organization’s leadership a notice of their intent to form a staff union and leadership immediately agreed to voluntarily recognize an appropriate bargaining unit.
“From day one, our goal has been to support our employees and voluntarily recognize the largest possible employee union,” said Equality California Institute Board President Jackie Thomas. “Our proposal today achieves that goal and makes good on our commitment to our staff. Every employee who sought to form a union will have the opportunity to belong to a union. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with organized labor and our pro-worker values, and we’re committed to working collaboratively with our employees throughout the organizing and collective bargaining process.”
Like the initial request from CWA Local 9003, Equality California’s proposal allows all employees outside of the organizational leadership to be represented by a union. The structure would consist of two bargaining units: one unit for employees with supervisory and/or management responsibilities and confidential employees and a second unit for rank-and-file employees.
The proposed structure is unique among nonprofit and private sector unions, which typically exclude from staff unions all employees with management and supervisory responsibilities and confidential employees, but the structure is consistent with the structures of numerous public agencies throughout California. For example:
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org