Environmental justice group goes union … on the spot

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Six employees of the environmental justice non-profit OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon won union representation … the moment they asked for it. In a video posted to the union’s Facebook page, workers approach executive director Huy Ong earlier this afternoon and read a statement announcing their decision to join Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901, asking for voluntary recognition within three days.

“I don’t need time,” Ong replied on the spot, adding that he’d happily recognize the union.

The reaction didn’t come as a total surprise: Prior to leading Opal, Ong was Western Region field organizer for the workers rights group Jobs With Justice.

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