National Audubon Society Statement of Union Neutrality
NEW YORK – The National Audubon Society (“Audubon”) today publicly announced its commitment to remaining neutral during an employee-led effort to unionize.
Audubon is devoted to providing a workplace in which all our employees feel respected, valued, and empowered, and we will continuously work to live up to that goal. Audubon respects the rights of workers to organize and believes every employee who will be directly impacted should have a voice in the decision as to whether they wish to form a union. Therefore, Audubon supports a fair, open, democratic election process that will allow all union-eligible employees to privately make this choice for themselves. Management has committed to honoring the outcome of that election.
During this process Audubon and its management will remain neutral, as we have to date. Audubon’s leadership has pledged that it will not engage in any anti-union activities and that it will not influence employees’ decision-making in any way. All managers have been clearly instructed not to interfere with employees’ unionization efforts.
Specifically, Audubon issued the following Neutrality Statement from Dr. Elizabeth Gray, Interim CEO:
“Audubon publicly commits to remaining neutral throughout the organizing and voting process. We will not campaign against the union in any way and are willing to work with union organizers to hold an election as soon as possible.”
Whether or not employees elect to form a union, we will always strive to be an ‘Audubon for All’ and we are grateful to our employees for their phenomenal work helping protect birds and the places they need.
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.