The prominent Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue announced the decision Monday to terminate about 17% of its employees, according to NBC News’ Alex Seitz-Wald, despite recently agreeing to a new contract with one of its employee unions.
The PAC facilitates donations to Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations and aligned nonprofits in exchange for a processing fee, raising and spending more than $4 million during the 2019 to 2020 election cycle, according to Open Secrets. ActBlue called the job-cutting move part of a “restructuring” towards growing its strategic impact, better assisting clients and ensuring long-term financial stability, Seitz-Wald reported, but the ActBlue Union representing some of its workers blamed “mismanagement.”
Today @actblue laid off 54 employees, 32 of which were in our bargaining unit. Layoffs unfairly punish union employees who are both not responsible for the current financial difficulties & have invested considerable effort into making @actblue what it is today
— ActBlue Union (@ActBlueUnion) April 3, 2023
The ActBlue Union secured its first collective bargaining agreement with ActBlue in early February. The union claimed Monday that ActBlue leadership refused to have their own pay reduced and called that proposal “additionally oppressive,” adding, “This stance highlights how incredibly out of touch Leadership is, not only with ActBlue workers, but also with our mission.” (RELATED: Dem-Linked Dark Money Group Is Masquerading As A Newspaper To Influence Pivotal Court Race)
“Leadership’s actions jeopardize our ability to fully serve our entities, our donors, and the broader Democratic movement, especially ahead of a critical election cycle,” the ActBlue Union argued. “We call upon Leadership to freeze further layoffs until all other cost-saving options are exhausted, and for ActBlue Leadership to live up to their progressive ideals.”
ActBlue said they have “deep respect for unions and our two staff unions,” referencing the ActBlue Union and another it has started collective bargaining agreement negotiations with, according to Seitz-Ward. The nonprofit announced the layoff would be happening “largely on the nontechnical side” and it would also be restructuring teams within the organization partly to improve efficiency.
“We need to ensure we are serving our users as sustainably and effectively as possible during the 2024 cycle and beyond,” ActBlue President and CEO Regina Wallace Jones said, Seitz Ward reported.
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