The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) is the leading voice for the diverse array of professionals in the labor movement. DPE was created by visionary labor leaders who recognized the potential for growth in both the professional workforce and professionals in unions. Unions representing professionals sought their own trade department to foster collaboration and ensure professionals had a voice in the labor movement and, in 1977, DPE was chartered.
More than forty years later, DPE remains a vital resource for unions representing and organizing professionals. Professionals are the fastest growing sector in the U.S. workforce and the labor movement. DPE’s expertise makes it an indispensable resource for research, organizing, policy and legislation, and communications. DPE’s facilitation of collaboration among affiliates remains a foundational component of our work.
DPE works with affiliates to reach the 50 million nonunion professionals in the United States in innovative ways. DPE’s work is making it possible for its affiliates to launch low-cost campaigns to generate organizing leads and develop the messages necessary to organize professionals.
I am honored to lead this thriving, forward-thinking coalition. Together, we strengthen our unions, grow our movement, and improve the lives of professionals.
— Jennifer Dorning