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Organizer – Seattle AFL-CIO Presidents’ Organizing Initiative (POI)

Posted on November 22, 2022
OPEIU Local 8
MLK Labor
Full-time
Not disclosed
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays
Apply by January 2, 2023

High-impact opportunity to support the development of breakthrough strategies and tactics to grow the labor movement in Seattle, WA and beyond. Through the Presidents’ Organizing Initiative housed at MLK Labor,  an exceptional partnership has been formed among Seattle-area local unions, the King County Central Labor Council, international unions, and the AFL-CIO national union federation to advance new external organizing strategies that can be replicated in other regions. In addition, the project is developing innovative virtual infrastructures in collaboration with participating unions and community organizations. POI’s work is guided by strategic organizing goals and a commitment to racial equity, gender equity, and climate justice.

Position Summary:

The POI Organizer is responsible for supporting participating affiliates to organize strategic targets in  a collaborative environment to achieve organizing breakthroughs that are beyond what they could do without additional capacity. This can take many forms, including but not limited to:

  • Understanding and executing the stages and components of an organizing campaign arc
  • Creating a strategic plan with specific achievable goals, tactics, and the development of a detailed timeline
  • Identifying needs and utilizing traditional and innovative organizing tools to move campaigns efficiently
  • Obtaining worker commitments to each other and their union through different means of worker outreach, such as house visits, work site visits, phone banking, and in-person group meetings
  • Creating union literature such as leaflets, palm cards, and zines
  • Planning and implementing digital/online campaigns on different web and social media platforms
  • Coalition building with local unions and community organizations
  • Working independently and remotely as necessary
  • Participating in occasional work in outside weather conditions
  • Work hours and days of work will fluctuate as necessary to meet campaign needs, worker schedules, actions, and other activities which may require long days, evenings, and weekends.

Accountability:

The POI Organizer will operate under the supervision and guidance of the POI Program Director and Deputy Program Director.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Critical thinking, a strong sense of social justice, and the ability to move people beyond their fear towards collective action
  • Openness to “out-of-the-box,” creative, and innovative tactics for organizing
  • Demonstrated ability to win union organizing campaigns
  • Ability to have professional relationships with union organizing directors, principal officers, and organizers
  • Experience in a coalition where participants successfully used strategic collective power to change material conditions, such as a change in corporate policy or public policy
  • Capable of juggling multiple responsibilities and handling fast-paced settings, multiple projects, and tight deadlines
  • Motivated to develop one’s own skills, acquire knowledge and proactively seek opportunities to learn

Preferred:

  • Experienced navigating various recognition processes, in particular though the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for RC Elections and/or WA State Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC)
  • Familiarity with executing labor harmony agreements (LHAs) and card check processes for union recognition
  • Familiarity with Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the National Mediation Board (NMB)
  • Ability to speak and write in language(s) other than English
  • Previous/current union membership

Compensation and Benefits:

The POI Organizer is an OPEIU 8 represented position with employer-paid benefits. This is a project position whose continuity will be based on grant funding by national affiliate unions.

To apply:

Email cover letter, résumé, and 3 references to the Organizer Search Committee at pia@mlklabor.org

Please use the subject line “POI Organizer – (Your Name)” and  attach application documents in PDF.

Application deadline: January 2, 2023

MLK Labor is an equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.

About the employer: MLK Labor

The Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council is the central body of labor organizations in King County, Washington. We are affiliated with the National AFL-CIO, the central labor organization in the United States, representing more than 13 million working people.

Our mission is to unify all labor organizations in King County to build power and strength for all workers.

About your union: OPEIU Local 8

OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.

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