Sierra Club delays budget vote amid layoff fears

By Robin Bravender | 05/08/2024 01:37 PM EDT

Employees at the group expect management will announce another round of layoffs. 

Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous

Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous speaks with a reporter at the Sierra Club's offices in Washington on Oct. 26, 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Sierra Club’s management is delaying a vote on its next budget as employees worry another round of layoffs will soon hit the green group.

The group is delaying until May 18 a budget vote that was planned for May 9, the group’s executive director, Ben Jealous, and Board of Directors President Allison Chin told staff in an email Wednesday.

Employees at the organization fear that layoffs will be announced after the budget is approved, although the Sierra Club has said it is premature to speculate about layoffs until a budget is finalized. The group laid off staff last year, citing budget shortfalls.


The group’s union this week filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the Sierra Club is retaliating against union members for their organizing activities by targeting them for layoffs. The group disputed the allegations.