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From left, Open Society Foundations (NYC) members Ginger Albertson, Senait Tesfai, Julia Lukomnik, Chris Thomas, Brittin Alfred, and Edit Bain.

Open Society Foundations Staff Vote to Unionize with CWA Local 1180

On Thursday, July 21, 209 staff members at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) unionized in their New York and Baltimore locations by electing to join Communication Workers of America Local 1180. Votes were cast by non-managerial employees with the exception of HR and IT staff members. The final vote count totaled 109 to 80 in New York and 7 to 2 in Baltimore. Local 1180 represents several non-profits such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, and many others.

OSF's unionized employees will work to broaden and diversify structures of decision making and further demonstrates how organized labor has a future in non-traditional, non-profit organizations.

"We want to pave the way and uplift this effort in solidarity with other workers organizing across the United States and the world," said Karina Claudio Betancourt, OSF Program Officer.

"Thursday was a great victory for the workers at Open Society Foundations (OSF). We are excited to have OSF join us at CWA 1180. These individuals will now have a seat at the table to bargain with management and have a greater say in organizational decisions that affect their jobs and lives. We look forward to having a collaborative relationship with OSF," said Arthur Cheliotes, CWA Local 1180 President.

"The unionization of the Open Society Foundations is a watershed moment. We are thrilled to be members of CWA and are ready to work to refine our workplace culture, which in the end serves to make us more impactful and effective grantmakers," said Donysha Smith, OSF Communications Coordinator.

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