Kayla Blado, president of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union and media relations specialist for Economic Policy Institute spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 4 about why non-profit organizations should unionize.
Blado first explained her company’s credibility, the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), by naming the 14 established nonprofits who have unionized with them already. She then explained the benefits of nonprofit organization employees unionizing with the NPEU. Blado said that by unionizing, the employees will be able to strengthen their voices and shift some power back to the worker. She said that, in many cases, there is a high turnover with employees employed at nonprofits because of the “burnout” phase they encounter. By this, Blado meant that the organizations are underfunded, and the employees are underpaid, overworked and there is more responsibility for less pay, but by unionizing, employees can bargain for their contracts involving pay and benefits. She also talked about the lack of funding in education programs and how teachers are suffering because of it.
Desiree Caliguire-Maier spoke about putting together the annual Cuyahoga Community College (also known as Tri-C) luncheon event at the end of September. The benefits go toward the First Generation and Veteran Scholarship Funds in memory of Dr. Arthur J. Caliguire. The purpose of the luncheon is to act as a fundraiser to lessen the financial burden of continued education for less fortunate people so that they can work toward completing their education. This year will be the fourth time this fundraiser has taken place.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ohio purging more than 200,000 of its voters for Sept. 6. He said that voters who may be purged are deceased individuals, and those who haven’t participated in the last 6 elections. If a voter is purged, they will have to re-register to vote or miss out on participating in the upcoming elections.