AFSCME 3800 is Hiring a Lead Organizer

LEAD ORGANIZER – AFSCME 3800, U of MN Clerical Workers
AFSCME Local 3800 is an organizing-focused, member-driven, progressive labor union representing 1500 University of Minnesota clerical workers throughout the state.
Purpose: This position works directly with local leadership and members to strengthen rank and file involvement on campus. Successful candidates will be comfortable on the go, frequently meeting and talking with workers individually via office visits and phone calls. The organizer is also responsible for organizing workplace committees, identifying workplace leaders, and planning and carrying out worksite organizing and comprehensive campaigns. Organizer will be expected to target issues, identify and recruit workplace leaders to our Assembly (member action team), and move workers to use collective action to solve workplace issues. Every day is different and tasks can vary widely from one week to the next, but the majority of time will be spent directly organizing workers.
• High School Diploma and 3 years’ experience in union organizing or rank and file union activism; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Knowledge of union organizing practices and principles.
• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with people and meet people where they are at.
• Exceptional organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills.
• Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Passion for worker organizing and a deep commitment to social justice.
• Basic clerical skills and competency in standard programs such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) and Google applications (Gmail, G Calendar etc.).
• Access to a reliable vehicle as frequent travel will be required.
• Experience managing social media channels and email communications.
• Experience in graphic design and/or creating promotional leaflets/adverts.
• Experience with complex project management and mobilizing large groups of people.
• Experience with the University of Minnesota or other higher education institutions.
• Knowledge of basic labor law such as FMLA, ADA, OSHA, Workers Compensation, and Fair Housing and Employment.
Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by the Lead Organizer:
Organizing and Events
• 80% of time will be spent in the workplace organizing new employees to join our union and organizing members to become active in our union.
• Recruit and develop worksite leaders to become involved in the Assembly, Steward Council, and other union activities.
• Develop broad, representative organizing committees of worksite leaders, and train them to develop worksite organizing campaigns.
• Work with leadership and membership on planning and implementing successful actions and campaigns.
• Present at New Employee Welcome, as necessary.
• Assist with organizing new employee lunches.
• Help organize and set up social events (i.e. annual ice cream social, occasional happy hours, lunches, etc.).
• Attend all informational meetings and member organized events and functions.
• Promptly return phone calls and emails, especially to members.
• Create leaflets and other materials for organizing campaigns and other events.
• Maintain and update webpage, email lists, social media accounts, and other communication tools.
• Ensure that events are well documented (photos, video, etc.).
• Maintain membership database and workplace maps, which may include input on and operation of, computerized database systems.
• Inform President and Executive Board of activities, developments, and progress of organizing activity, including worker meetings.
• Ensure materials get mailed to outstate campuses, as needed.
• Attend membership and Executive Board meetings to keep current on decisions of the local.
This position reports to the Local 3800 president.
Salary: $19-25/hour, depending on experience, plus generous health, dental, vacation, and sick leave.
Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Local 3800 President, Cherrene Horazuk, at
Deadline for applications: November 4, 2018.