Organizing Apprentice

On-site

Unite Here Philly Local 274

About the organization:

UNITE HERE Local 274 is the union that welcomes you to  Philadelphia, representing 4,000 private sector hotel and food service workers who work at the stadiums, airports, and hotels throughout the Philadelphia region. We serve the food, hold the door, carry the bags, clean the rooms, and wash the laundry. Our membership is diverse. We are predominantly women and people of color, and we hail from all corners of the planet. We’re fighting to end poverty-creating jobs and to ensure that Black, Brown, and immigrant workers aren’t left out of Philadelphia’s economy.

Summary

UNITE HERE Local 274 is looking for individuals who are passionate about fighting for justice for service industry workers to join our organizing apprenticeship program. One–two of organizing experience, paid or unpaid, is preferred, however, applicants without organizing experience who are committed and eager to learn are encouraged to apply. This position is a three month apprenticeship with the opportunity for a permanent position at the end of three months.

About the position

This apprenticeship will train you on basic and advanced organizing skills through shadowing and close work with a Lead Organizer or Organizing Director. You will learn to organize people to stand up for their rights and build worker-led committees to take on multinational corporations. Your work will include leadership identification, recruiting workers to the committee, and mobilizing members to participate in pickets, strikes, civil disobedience and other actions.

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Travel

N/A

Reports to

Organizing Director or Lead Organizer

Supervises

N/A

Job Responsibilities

  • Build one-on-one relationships with workers;
  • Identify, recruit and develop worker leaders;
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to move organizing campaigns forward;
  • Engage, motivate and mobilize workers;
  • Plan and carry out actions and events to support worker organizing efforts;
  • Develop a basic understanding of labor law and regulations affecting union organizing;
  • Help workers tell their stories through public speaking, video, social media, and other communications;  

What are we looking for?

  • A strong, demonstrated commitment to racial, social, labor, and economic justice;
  • 1-2 years of basebuilding organizing experience, paid or unpaid, highly preferred but not required;
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends;
  • Comfort speaking and having one on one conversations with potential or current members;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Comfort traveling to worksites and doing worker outreach alone;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision;
  • Computer and basic social media literacy;
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Knowledge of labor law, the bargaining process, and/or union regulations preferred, but not required;
  • Fluency in one of the following languages preferred but not required: Spanish, Bangla, Amharic, Albanian, Arabic, French or Haitian Creole.

Salary

$885/week

Benefits

  • UNITE HERE health plan; cost to employee is $5/week.

The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position.

Because this is not a permanent position, UNITE HERE Local 274 is unable to sponsor work visas. All applicants must have prior authorization to work in the U.S.

UNITE HERE Local 274 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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