After learning about union benefits and a campaign that saw employees working closely with Local 338 organizers, workers at Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI) have become the newest members of RWDSU Local 338. With over 300 new members, the successful campaign represents a big victory for Local 338, and most importantly, the workers at IRI.
The new members work at locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County. Their employer focuses on working with individuals who are developmentally disabled. The Local 338 members working at IRI work directly with the individuals providing care and support in both group homes and day habilitation facilities.
Explaining why he voted to join Local 338, Joshua L. who’s worked at IRI for 11 years as a Direct Support Professional, says “I wanted the union for job security. I spoke with my coworkers about the benefits of having a union and I worked on keeping them informed, because the union benefits all of us.”
Currently, Local 338 represents over 1000 members who work for non-profit agencies that care for the developmentally disabled, including IAHD and Community Resources. IRI employees overwhelmingly voted to become members of the RWDSU, noting the success of our union to fairly represent and fight for the benefits these employees deserve.