Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Mininum Salaries Raised to $48K at CAP After Union Negotiations

Here is more from the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU):

The more than 90 members of the Center of American Progress (CAP) Union overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, raising salaries for employees in all job classifications as well as codifying other workplace improvements. This agreement is the third union contract for employees of CAP, who formed a union with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) in 2016.

Here is what the new contract includes:

  • Increases to all job classifications’ minimum salaries, with an organization salary floor of $48,000 in the first year of the contract, $49,000 in the second year, and $50,000 in the final year of the contract.

  • Guaranteed annual raises of 2.5% for those making less than $68,000 and guaranteed annual raises of 2% for those making over $68,000.

  • A 360-review process at mid-year and end-year performance reviews.

  • A minimum of four weeks for severance pay, which includes health/dental coverage for three months. 

  • Procedures to limit overtime work.

  • Provisions to encourage internal hiring.

  • Credit for union members’ contributions to a work product, including by being listed as an author, co-author, or included in the acknowledgements.


Workers at CAP has been threatening to strike amid a fight over salaries at the liberal-leaning think tank. 

Update: Here is a Politico piece entitled "The 20-somethings Scaring Liberal Think Tanks," which notes that left-leaning think tanks, fearful of bad PR, are embracing staff unions.

It notes, among other things, that staff at New America has recently formed a union and the think tank is expected to formally recognize it.