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Union Organizer – New Organizing
Pennsylvania (Organizers may live anywhere in Pennsylvania but travel for work and will regularly be assigned to organizing campaigns outside their home community for extended periods of time.)
Duties and Responsibilities
Organizers perform a wide range of duties focused on coaching and leading workers to stand up for themselves, join with their co-workers, and use their strength to win improvements on the job and in the community. An organizer’s work often includes:
- Coaching workers to stand up for their rights and use their power in numbers to win;
- Identifying, recruiting, and training workers to become effective leaders;
- Planning and facilitating meetings, rallies, direct action, and other ways for workers to come together and exercise their collective power;
- Tracking and assessing organization-building metrics;
- Developing a basic understanding of labor law and regulations affecting union organizing;
- Campaigning creatively around healthcare problems and other public policy issues that impact workers;
- Creating relationships with issue stakeholders and workers’ allies to advance our shared agenda;
- Helping workers tell their stories through public speaking, video, social media, and other communications; and
- Using basic social media tools to effectively engage workers, build networks, and communicate.
- A strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and the desire to work hard to win;
- Excellent ability to communicate, motivate, and listen to people, and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds;
- Ability to work independently with a strong sense of accountability to shared goals;
- Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary;
- Computer and basic social media literacy, particularly Microsoft Office and database applications; and
- Ability to work long hours, visit workers at worksites and in their homes, and assist in setting up and dismantling materials for union events
Newly-hired organizers without previous union organizing experience begin with an apprenticeship program, typically of several months duration.
All positions require a valid driver’s license, a car, and a willingness to travel and work on the road for campaigns within Pennsylvania. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania provides mileage reimbursement at the federal rate and lodging when working away from home.
Competitive salary and benefits package including defined-benefit pension (with contributions beginning after six months of employment), optional 401K-type plan, and fully paid health insurance.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, submit a cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is the largest and fastest-growing union of caregivers across the continuum of healthcare. We are the nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care, and service workers in Pennsylvania’s hospitals, nursing homes, home- and community-based care services, and state health facilities. Together, we work to unite all nurses and healthcare workers, organize at work and in the community, drive public policy and legislation, and build a broad, strong movement for good jobs, quality care, and healthy communities across Pennsylvania.
Together, we advocate to protect patient care and expand access to quality health care for all. We fight to improve our working conditions and make sure that the healthcare industry creates more good, family-sustaining jobs. We organize in our communities for racial equality and social justice. We lift each other up and create pathways for ordinary nurses and healthcare workers to become extraordinary leaders for change.
We are part of SEIU, the largest union in the country and a leader of the Fight for $15. Together, we are taking on corporate power and helping to build a wider movement for economic, racial, immigrant, and environmental justice.