Job Title: Organizer

UAW Local 5810 represents over 11,000 Postdoctoral Researchers and Academic Researchers (ARs) at University of California and Lawrence Berkeley Lab. It was chartered in 2008 as a member-led/member-run union that through collective bargaining and organizing is committed to improve the working conditions and the lives of working people. Website: www.uaw5810.org

Overview:
UAW 5810 is seeking dynamic individuals with experience in student, community or labor organizing to facilitate on the ground efforts of membership education, mobilization and outreach, leader recruitment and development, as well as contract enforcement. The successful applicant must be detail-oriented and an excellent communicator, quick learner and strategic thinker who understands power dynamics.

Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to new members to inform them of contractual rights and benefits and the importance of union membership
  • Mobilize workers to participate in collective action
  • Identify, recruit, and train leaders
  • Build and develop a strong steward network to facilitate organizing, engagement, and collective action
  • Enforce and represent Postdoc and Academic Researcher interests and rights under the contract and beyond
  • Organize around worker issues and concerns
  • Coordinate and execute actions from conception to completion as needed, and in coordination with statewide efforts
  • Manage lists, charts, and databases
  • Work with a diverse immigrant workforce

*Additional duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Dedication and enthusiasm for the labor movement and social justice
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to frame issues and follow messaging in accordance to the union’s mission and principles
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on tasks
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to respond to worker inquiries in a timely manner
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for reliable transportation
  • Knowledge of common office software
  • Available for periodic travel

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in labor organizing
    • Experience with academic and/or public sector employment
    • Familiarity with the research workplace
    • Fluency in multiple languages

*Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA people are encouraged to apply.

Terms of employment: Competitive salary, health, dental, and vision coverage provided, paid personal time off as well as sick time

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, three references, and a motivation letter to the hiring committee at jobs@uaw5810.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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