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Job Opening: Internal Organizer-Janitorial

Background:

SEIU local 26 is a dynamic local of over 8000 janitors and security officers in Minnesota, the people who clean and protect some of largest corporate headquarters in the world and who have a proud history of militant fights for social and economic justice.

  • Local 26 members were some of the first security officers in the country to go on strike and engaged in acts of strategic civil disobedience to win their last contract, and struck again in 2013 to raise standards within their industry across 2000 suburban and downtown officers.
  • In 2009 and 2019 the janitors of the union, a multilingual bargaining unit made up of Latin American, East African, and American-born workers, created an alliance with the Sierra Club and other environmentalist allies went on strike to win a groundbreaking contract that included some of the first Green Cleaning language in the country, and later won a green cleaning education fund.
  • Local 26 led campaigns to hold Chipotle accountable for its treatment of immigrant workers, resulting in Chipotle becoming one of the first Major US companies to come out publicly for progressive comprehensive immigration.

Description:

This internal organizer will be a part of a team of internal organizers for our union.  The position will coordinate and help to develop strategy and program for the janitorial sector of 4000 members within the Local, including enforcement of the existing contract and the fight for the next one.  May supervise brigades (members on short term leaves of absence).  Worksite organizing experience with low income, diverse workers, and computer skills, highly recommended. A significant part of this membership speaks Spanish.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Building an extensive and comprehensive network of worksite leaders, member-activists; developing a member leadership program, working with potential members to identify, train and develop rank and file leaders;
  • Recruiting and mentoring of new stewards, leaders and activists; Engaging in one-on-one persuasion, assessment and motivation of workers at the worksite, in meetings, on the phone and on home visits as necessary.
  • Designing, preparing, and distributing meeting notices, flyers, newsletters, and other literature;
  • Maintaining organizing lists and databases;
  • Planning and coordinating grievances, meetings and public actions to enforce contract language and win new contracts;
  • Mobilizing membership and ensuring turn-out for community, political and union events;
  • Working collaboratively with other union staff in other skill areas

Pay and Benefits:

This is a position beginning in first quarter 2021.  Pay is on a scale commensurate with a union of low-wage members. Healthcare and other benefits are included.  A car and valid driver’s license are required.  Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. Local 26 is an equal opportunity employer and, given our diverse membership, we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color, and candidates from our own membership.

Interested applicants should send resumes to gnammacher@seiu26.org

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JOB OPENING – Member Resource Center – Representative

Background:

SEIU local 26 is a dynamic local of over 8000 mostly low wage janitors and security officers in Minnesota, who clean and protect some of largest corporate headquarters in the world, and who have a proud history of militant fights for racial and economic justice in the worksite and in the community. Some of the highlights:

  • Our members were some of the first security officers in the country to go on strike and use civil disobedience win their first contracts, which remain some of the highest standards in the country.
  • Our Janitors, a mix of Latino, East African, and African Americans, created an alliance with the Sierra club and almost struck in 2010 to win a contract that included some of the first Green Cleaning language in the country. Most recently, in 2016 they struck for one day to bring over 60% of workers immediately to the goal of $15/hour.
  • We have created dynamic community coalitions and led groundbreaking campaigns on powerful corporation, like Chipotle (becoming one of the first Major US companies to come out publicly for comprehensive immigration reform), and Target (supporting “ban the box” hiring policies, and adopting a responsible contractor policy for its cleaners)

Description:
This position will report to the Member Resource Center (MRC) director, and is responsible along with a team for contract enforcement for over 8000 members in the Twin cities. This position requires good inter-personal skills, good team work (as you must work closely with the rest of the staff and stewards to resolve often complicated issues), and a deep dedication to justice. Fluency in a second language preferred – Spanish or Somali especially) and computer skills, and experience with case management or labor law highly recommended.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Member advocacy and contract enforcement, including member intake, grievance investigation and filing, processing grievances through arbitration, negotiations with employers and Labor management meetings, and processing of other relevant city, state or federal charges as needed (NLRA, EEOC, DOL, etc)
  • Maintaining a database that captures the work of the department (currently CLIO), using it to analyzing patterns based on data, and developing plans/campaigns to address problems that are occurring across multiple worksites.
  • Coordinating work and communication with the MRC and other departments of the union (such as “internal organizers”, “external organizers” and stewards in the worksites.)
  • Developing training opportunities for staff and stewards and the membership more broadly to deepen their understanding of contract enforcement and other laws protecting workers.
  • This position also covers the call center, which receives calls from members, and must answer questions about the union, the contract, the law and other community resources, actively resolve low level issues

Pay and Benefits:
This is a full time position, beginning as soon as possible. Pay includes a full package of healthcare, pension and other benefits, in line with a low wage workers organization. A Car and driver’s license is required. Location: Minneapolis MN. Interested applicants should email resume to gnammacher@seiu26.org

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