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JOB POSTING: Temporary Home Care Organizer

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is hiring organizers to help Home Care workers win the biggest Union election in the history of Minnesota. These organizers will knock on doors and talk to Home Care workers, supporting them in taking collective action and building their Union. When they win their election, Homecare Workers will have the power to pull themselves out of poverty, and to make real improvements not just in their own lives but in the lives of the thousands of seniors and people with disabilities they serve. (more…)

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Job Opening: Local 26 Organizing Director

 

Background:

SEIU local 26 is a dynamic local of 6000 janitors and security officers in Minnesota, the people who clean and protect some of largest corporate headquarters in the world and who have a proud history of militant fights for social and economic justice. Local 26 members were some of the first security officers in the country to go on strike and engaged in acts of strategic civil disobedience to win their last contract. In 2009 the janitors of the union, a multilingual bargaining unit made up of Latin American, East African, and American-born workers, created an alliance with the Sierra Club and other environmentalist allies and, narrowly averting a strike, won a groundbreaking contract that included some of the first Green Cleaning language in the country.  Local 26 led campaigns to hold Chipotle accountable for its treatment of immigrant workers, resulting in Chipotle becoming one of the first Major US companies to come out publicly for progressive comprehensive immigration.  The Local is currently engaged in new organizing campaigns to win a union and raise standards for retail/big box janitors, airport workers, and other low wage workers, in broad coalitions with other community groups and worker centers.

Description:

This Organizing director will report directly to the Secretary Treasurer of the the Local, coordinating and helping to develop strategy and program for the organizing of low wage workers who currently have no union.  May supervise up to 5 staff.  Worksite organizing experience with low income, diverse workers, strong language (English and Spanish or Somali) and computer skills, highly recommended.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Building an extensive and comprehensive network of organizing committee and member-activists around building issues and campaigns to win a union; Developing a member leadership program, working with potential members to identify, train and develop rank and file leaders;
  • Recruiting and mentoring of new stewards, leaders and activists; Engaging in one-on-one persuasion, assessment and motivation of workers at the worksite, in meetings, on the phone and on home visits as necessary.
  • Designing, preparing, and distributing meeting notices, flyers, newsletters, and other literature;
  • Maintaining organizing lists and databases;
  • Planning and coordinating public actions in support of organizing;
  • Mobilizing membership and ensuring turn-out for community, political and union events;
  • Directing a team of staff, and working collaboratively with other directors and leads in other skill areas to coordinate the comprehensive corporate campaigns.

Pay and Benefits:

This is a position beginning in March 2014.  Pay is negotiable based on experience, on a scale commensurate with a union of low-wage members. Healthcare and other benefits are included.  A car and valid driver’s license are required.  Long hours will be expected.  Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. Local 26 is an equal opportunity employer and, given our diverse membership, we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color.

 

Interested applicants should send resumes to gnammacher@seiu26.org

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