Brooklyn, NY – Staff members at StoryCorps have voted for union representation by Communications Workers of America Local 1180.
The National Labor Relations Board today announced the results of the representation election. StoryCorps workers voted by an 83 percent margin for a union voice. The balloting took place in two parts -- on Aug. 22 in the Brooklyn office and by mail-in ballot for workers in out-of-town locations.
StoryCorps is a nonprofit based in Brooklyn that curates and shares stories of everyday Americans. Workers at StoryCorps help conduct interviews, do community outreach, produce stories and work on the website and app.
“In the past, we experienced sudden layoffs, worked for low wages, and weren’t able to negotiate over working conditions. My colleagues and I decided to come together and organize so we could have a seat at the table to discuss issues like healthcare benefits, severance packages and greater transparency around pay. Now we'll be able to have a say in making StoryCorps a better place to work,” said Mia Warren, production assistant.
"Even when facing an anti-union campaign by management, my coworkers and I stayed strong for months. Now that we've made our voices heard, we can't wait to get to the bargaining table," said Roselyn Almonte, national facilitator.
The 24-person bargaining unit includes non-managerial staff in programs, finance, external relations and digital divisions and staff in San Francisco and Chicago. StoryCorps staff members are excited to join with Local 1180 members at other non-profits, including OSF, the Nation Institute, and Human Rights Watch.
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CWA Local 1180 represents over 9,000 members who work in advocacy and social service in the public and private sectors in New York City. CWA Local 1180 represents members at many influential international human rights and domestic advocacy organizations.