GEU is hiring a full-time Union Organizer
Graduate Employees’ Union (GEU), AFT Michigan Local 6196, a union of approximately 1,400 graduate student employees at Michigan State University, seeks to hire a full-time (40hrs/week) union organizer who will focus primarily on internal membership organizing.
Candidates should have strong one-on-one organizing skills, experience working with diverse populations, and be committed to fostering a participatory and progressive labor movement. The GEU Organizer reports to the union’s elected, volunteer executive board.
The target start date for the position is February 15, though this is negotiable. Salary is approximately $45,000/year (negotiable with commensurate experience), plus health, dental, and vision insurance, vacation days, and mileage when work-related travel outside of the Lansing area is necessary.
The GEU is:
· A collaborative work environment structured around a team of volunteer, member-activists that meets regularly to determine and realize the objectives of the union.
· Committed to organizing around issues that affect members in their workplace, and to organizing around social justice issues more broadly.
· Allied with local labor councils, community, and student groups, and participates in local labor and social justice mobilizing.
· Recruit and train active GEU members into leadership positions.
· Increase GEU involvement by activating new members through office visits, home visits, departmental events, membership meetings, work actions, campaigns, etc.
· Help plan and implement campaigns, actions, and GEU events.
· Help maintain accurate records of union activities, members, databases, etc.
· Help with the development of materials necessary for union communications, press, and publicity.
· Help members with the grievance procedure and contract enforcement.
· Strong one-on-one organizing skills.
· Ability to work independently, to facilitate group interactions, and to mentor others.
· Ability to engage and support a diverse membership with different identities including but not limited to race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality, as well as varying political orientation, awareness, and experience.
· Ability to manage time and coordinate multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
· Demonstrated ability to envision and realize long-term goals.
· Ability to innovate, improve, and build on institutional memory and practices according to current needs.
· Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
· Experience working with word processing software, spreadsheets, databases, and social media platforms.
· Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and walk up stairs.
· Internal organizing experience, especially in higher education.
· Experience organizing job actions and contract campaigns.
· Experience as a staff member in a volunteer-run organization.
· Experience in the labor movement.
· Experience and history of coalitional work with a variety of labor and non-labor organizations.
· Familiarity with grievance processes and contract language.
· Experience working with press and local media outlets.
· Competence in a wide variety of software applications, including QuickBooks, Salsa, and MS Access.
Please submit a single PDF file with last name as the first part of the filename (i.e. smith_application.pdf) containing a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and contact information to Sylvia Marques (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 11, 2015. Applications will be considered after this date on a case-by-case basis.
GEU provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GEU complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
GEU expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.