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 Economic and Policy Research

Cleveland ACTS
DC Jobs with Justice
The Economic Policy Institute
International Labor Rights Forum
Many Languages One Voice
SumOfUs
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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (CEPR)
Vice President of Stewards
: Abby McGill, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (ILRF)
Vice President of Organizing
: Jake Johnston, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (CEPR)
Secretary/Treasurer
: David Cooper, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (EPI)
CAP Unit Rep: Sunny Frothingham,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
CCC Unit Rep:
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CEPR
Unit Rep: Kevin Cashman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cleveland ATCS Ohio Organizing Project: Brandon Marlow, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
DC JwJ Unit Rep: Ari Schwartz,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
EPI Unit Rep
: Jessica Schieder, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
ILRF Unit Rep: Andy Shen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
MLOV Unit Rep: Hannah Kane, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
SumOfUs unit Rep: 
Ivan Rosales, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
WRC Unit Rep: Chelsea Rudman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
USAS Unit Rep: Gilbert Romero, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 17:14  

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