Strike averted at Sierra Club 

By Robin Bravender | 07/02/2024 04:12 PM EDT

The environmental organization and its employee union reached an agreement just before a planned strike. 

Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous

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

Sierra Club and the Progressive Workers Union that represents employees reached a deal Tuesday morning to avoid a planned strike.

“Today, we are pleased to share that after hours of negotiation through the night and into the early morning, Sierra Club and PWU National leadership have reached an agreement to avoid a strike and outline the process for finalizing a new [collective bargaining agreement] through mediation,” Sierra Club’s leaders told employees Tuesday morning in an email.

The Progressive Workers Union was prepared to picket at Sierra Club’s offices in Washington; Los Angeles; and Oakland, California, on Tuesday if a deal was not reached.


“Our vote to strike showed that Sierra Club’s unions are committed to protecting one another in the face of financial trouble at the organization. Management finally listened when members made themselves heard,” said PWU President Walter Keady. “No deal is perfect, but we are excited that this agreement meets our strike platform and avoids unnecessary harm to the Sierra Club community that could have occurred during a strike.”