In San Diego and Sacramento, Greenpeace canvassers have gone on strike for job security and a union. The strike, which began on August 5, now includes the majority of both San Diego and Sacramento Frontline programs, Greenpeace’s in-house fundraising program. The striking workers demand increased job security through reforming the quota system, and a union.
Greenpeace is a global environmental justice organization that is funded primarily through supporter contributions. Despite their stance on environmental justice, their fundraising canvassers have little job security through harsh weekly quotas. Rather than evaluation based on overall performance, any worker can be fired for missing 2-3 consecutive weekly quota periods.
Tara Dawn, a striker from the Sacramento field office, describes this lack of job security, “As a single mother, I work hard week in and week out not knowing if I’ll have a dependable paycheck to keep a roof over our heads. That is a very difficult reality to face. I love my job and the organization I work for, but myself and the all of the other canvassers deserve to see reform.”
Socialist Alternative supports the striking canvassers and endorses the call on Greenpeace management to reform the quota system to increase job security, and to support the unionization of Greenpeace workers. A victory for Greenpeace workers can help inspire other canvassing workers across the country to demand fair working conditions.