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How Non-Profit Workers Benefit from Unionizing

Nonprofit organizations provide essential services to vulnerable populations across the country, such as homeless people, families in crisis, and people with disabilities. These public servants are passionate and genuinely care about their work. However, unmanageable caseloads, challenging working conditions, and a growing workload and low wages can diminish morale, lead to burnout, and contribute to high staff turnover rates. Indeed, low wages and high caseloads are two of the top five reasons people quit nonprofit jobs.

However, unionized nonprofit workers have the opportunity to improve their working conditions through the collective bargaining process. Unionized workers can negotiate and fight for pay raises, vacation time, and other improvements. For example:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonprofit organizations make up 15.6 % of Pennsylvania’s private sector workforce. As the nonprofit sector continues to grow across the country, workers continue to join unions and bargain for benefits and a seat at the table. These workers realize that collective bargaining gives nonprofit workers a voice and help them continue serving the community with vital services.

SEIU Local 668 represents counselors, direct care staff, social workers in the private and public sector in Pennsylvania. If you are in this industry and want to speak with an organizer, please complete this form. All of your information is kept confidential. You can also email us at or call us at 717-635-6729.

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