Sierra Club union files labor complaint

By Robin Bravender | 05/07/2024 04:09 PM EDT

Workers at the environmental group allege that management plans to retaliate against union leaders. 

Ben Jealous speaks

Ben Jealous, executive director of the Sierra Club, speaks during a rally and protest March 21, 2023, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP

A staff union representing workers at the Sierra Club filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the environmental group Tuesday, the union announced.

The Progressive Workers Union announced a new complaint filed 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.

“Anonymous sources in leadership made union leaders aware of names of over thirty represented workers under consideration for layoff,” the union said Tuesday. “Those names indicate Sierra Club has plans to lay off half of the six person National Unit Bargaining Team and two members of PWU’s Executive Committee.”


The complaint comes as the union and Sierra Club management are in contentious negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement. The Sierra Club laid off staff last year and employees expect additional layoffs to be announced soon.