IFPTE Local 70

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Local 70 is a D.C.-based local union of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. Bargaining unit organizations include:

The Center for American Progress
The Center for Community Change
The Center for Effective Government

The Center for Economic and Policy Research

Cleveland ACTS
DC Jobs with Justice
The Economic Policy Institute
International Labor Rights Forum
Many Languages One Voice
United Students Against Sweatshops
The Worker Rights Consortium

If you are interested in learning more about Local 70, unions, or organizing your workplace, please contact Jake Johnston, IFPTE Local 70's Vice President of Organizing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (207) 838-2386.

Our Philosophy

A union is not simply about having a contract; it's about changing the dynamics of the workplace. With a union, employees not only have a voice, they have the responsibility of using that voice to create a better working environment. Thus, the organizing drive does not end with unionization or getting a contract. Organizing ourselves is a way of life. It is the ongoing effort before and after contracts are negotiated that gives life to our local, labor, and other social movements and indeed to the contracts themselves. A staff that communicates and organizes well amongst themselves is a staff more prepared to deal effectively with a whole range of issues -- from changes in the size of the organization to workplace democracy and diversity issues to the everyday and long-term work of the organization.

Understanding of Non-Profit Workplaces

Being an amalgamated union of the employees of five D.C.-area non-profit organizations, we understand that non-profits have specific needs and unique characteristics that demand special attention. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to organizing and collective bargaining. We believe that unions can enhance the work of non-profits by making them more functional organizations with contracts that best fit the needs of both employees and management.

Progressive Politics

The organizations where we work are undoubtedly progressive. The reason why we work for them is because we strongly support their missions. By being members of the same union, we create opportunities to discuss progressive politics as well as issues specific to our workplaces. Whether it’s related to external issues likes policy positions, activism strategies, and research methods or internal issues like professional development, grievance procedures, and decision making, Local 70 enables employees of progressive organizations to network and talk with like-minded individuals concerned about the same issues.

Please contact us today if you are interested in learning more about joining our union.

Executive Board:

President: Alan Barber
Vice President of Organizing: Jake Johnston
Vice President of Stewards
: Abby McGill
: David Cooper
CEPR Unit Rep: Kevin Cashman
Cleveland ATCS:
Precious Samuels
DC JwJ Unit Rep: Ari Schwartz
EPI Unit Rep: Will kimball
ILRF Unit Rep:
Andy Shen
MLOV Unit Rep: 
Maria Alejandra Salas-Baltuano
SumOfUs unit Rep: Ivan Rosales
USAS Unit Rep: Morgan Currier
WRC Unit Rep: Chelsea Rudman



Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:20  


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