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The Literacy Project’s Journey to Unionization

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A Western Massachusetts program chooses to organize.

Part of our series of articles about unionized adult education programs in Massachusetts.


The Literacy Project, a community-based organization comprised of about 20 staff working at nine sites in Western Mass., has been a unionized program for the past decade. Workers organized there after a newly-hired director transformed their democratically run, supportive workplace into a strict hierarchy, where information was not shared and long-term staff were written up for asking questions.

After a series of unsuccessful efforts to meet with the director, staff began talking to various unions about organizing and also went to their Board of Directors to express both their concerns and their interest in unionizing. The Board supported their efforts to unionize and eventually the director left.