POUGHKEEPSIE – On Monday morning, workers at the grassroots non-profit For the Many declared their intention to unionize with Workers United RRJB, and were immediately recognized by management. All twelve non-management staff signed union cards and a joint letter to management. Because the union was voluntarily recognized, contract negotiations can begin without an election.
For the Many workers will be a part of Workers United RRJB, which has helped form the first U.S. Starbucks union and has worked with other non-profits like Citizen Action. For the Many workers were also supported by the Emergency Workers Organizing Committee (EWOC), a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
For the Many was founded in 2012 as a grassroots movement of everyday people working to transform New York so it works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. Since then, the organization has expanded to twenty staff and four offices across Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Kingston, and Middletown. This will be the first time that For the Many’s staff will be represented by a union, and they are excited to become a part of the United States’ resurgent labor movement.