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National Center for Transgender Equality recognizes staff union

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The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has recognized the unionization of its staff.

According to a press release from the NCTE,  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. 

“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.”

The NPEU, a local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, represents professionals employed at more than 40 nonprofit organizations including employees at Economic Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Community Change.

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