Center for Community Change Ratifies First CBA!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CONTACT: Alan Barber, IFPTE Local 70; or 571-306-2526

Center for Community Change Staff Ratify First Union Contract
CCC staff win a strong contract that affirms progressive workplace policies, becoming the latest in a wave of non-profit organizations to win union contracts with IFPTE Local 70

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, staff at the Center for Community Change (CCC) voted unanimously to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement. CCC staff won union recognition in September of 2016, joining the growing trend of progressive non-profit organizations to unionize.

The new CCC contract boosts staff salaries in a progressive fashion, establishes just cause protection with a progressive discipline procedure, creates a Labor-Management Committee to address workplace issues, and codifies many other strong benefits for staff.

“The staff’s unanimous vote to ratify this contract sends a clear signal to management that we are standing in solidarity today and every day,” said Jasmine Nazarett , Bargaining Team representative at Center for Community Change staff union. “This is a big win for us—one that will make CCC an even better place to work.”

Additional highlights of the new CCC collective bargaining agreement include:

  • An annual rate increase of 2.5% of median salary
  • A process for avoiding layoffs and a defined severance pay structure
  • A ban on requiring salary histories for applicants to open positions
  • A fair and clear grievance procedure to settle any workplace disputes
  • The establishment of a clear process for evaluations and performance reviews
  • Salary floors for all positions in the bargaining unit

In addition to CCC staff, IFPTE Local 70 members include staff from Center for American Progress, Center for Economic and Policy Research, DC Jobs With Justice, Economic Policy Institute, Workers’ Rights Consortium, and several other non-profit organizations.

“We are thrilled that CCC staff have joined the ranks of non-profit workers with strong union contracts,” said Alan Barber, president of IFPTE Local 70. “Progressive non-profits truly benefit when staff have a voice in the workplace and can share in the work to build an effective organization.”


IFPTE Local 70 represents employees in non-profit organizations and is dedicated to building stronger democratic workplaces in D.C. and beyond. Members include staff from 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, and the Worker Rights Consortium. For more on IFPTE local 70, visit