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Also, include the position title, and if you are a current member of an AFSCME Local, in the subject line of your email.

Labor Representative/Organizer

AFSCME Council 65
Southeast Minnesota
Posting Date:
September 24, 2020

PURPOSE: The Labor Representative/Organizer is responsible for performing a multitude of duties that provide services to AFSCME 65 members and locals in their assigned area with an overall responsibility for empowering our members.


  • Assigned as Council 65 labor representative for Assigned Locals and any newly organized units in the assigned
  • Enforce collective bargaining
  • Will be the lead person responsible for grievances that proceed beyond local jurisdictions and shall maintain a master grievance file system for the assigned
  • Attendance at regular local/chapter membership meetings is
  • Attendance at Labor Management Committee meetings and Insurance Committee meetings is expected.
  • File for all contract re-openers within the time frames designated within the CBA's and State labor laws.
  • Does all necessary research to be prepared for contract
  • Lead negotiator for all assigned locals, chapters for their contract
  • Prepare and present all contract proposals, develop proposals with
  • Handle all contract, grievance mediation or dispute resolution procedures as
  • Serves as a resource to members for legislative issues, all labor relations issues, trends in bargaining, and other matters related to terms and conditions of
  • Addresses all labor relations issues as they
  • Trains officers, stewards, members to educate and empower
  • Expected to work to build coalitions and relationships with other Union leaders in assigned
  • Files NLRB; Department of Labor & Regulations; BMS Bureau of Mediation Services Petitions (Intent to Negotiate, Mediation, Arbitration, Unit clarifications, ULP’s, and so forth).
  • Conducts internal organizing campaigns for assigned locals as
  • Explores or supervises the investigation of organizing targets to gather data and information, builds a list of workers, assesses worker interest, and scouts out the work
  • Arranges for research of potential organizing Analyzes data and applies other criteria to assess possible targets of organizing.
  • Provides for recruitment of volunteer organizers from within the AFSCME membership and for their training in campaign
  • Contacts potential members and leads teams of volunteers in the
  • Develops broad, representative organizing committees of worker-leaders, and trains and deploys them to move the
  • Develops communications program with messages to pre-empt an employer anti-union
  • Writes leaflets and other materials for organizing
  • Operates VAN computer database program and provides for the maintenance of organizing
  • Prepares and mails correspondence and
  • Informs Council 65 administrative staff of activities, developments, and progress of assigned campaigns.
  • Communicates and coordinates organizing activities with other unions
  • May be assigned fill in duties for other staff when needed or directed by
  • Position may not include all the specific duties and responsibilities listed. 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 employees in this
  • Performs other duties as


This position reports to the Field and Organizing Services Director on a regular basis and will be expected to keep their supervisor regularly apprised of developments on all labor relations activities. Organizing leads or related activities shall be reported directly to the Field and Organizing Services Director. She/he will be expected to motivate and activate local union members for negotiation campaigns, Local, State and Federal elections, develop strategies for internal organizing and PEOPLE participation. Work is performed independently, yet in coordination with the Director or as directed by other Council 65 administrative staff.

REQUIREMENTS (and physical demands as required by ADA)

  • General knowledge of the role and duties of union officers and staff and understanding of Council 65 and AFSCME International union
  • Skilled in contract negotiations, labor relations, dispute
  • Excellent leadership and motivational
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent “one-on-one” interpersonal communications.
  • Ability to write post-hearing
  • Knowledge of training and principles of effective supervision and mentoring volunteer union members.
  • Knowledge of union organizing practice and
  • Knowledge of federal and state labor laws, especially with respect to union
  • Knowledge of anti-union employer
  • Ability to conduct research on employers and gather information to evaluate organizing targets, develop organizing lists, and implement organizing strategies and formulate
  • Ability to lead, train and coordinate volunteer organizers and organizing committee
  • Required to work irregular/ extended work hours, as
  • Ability to work effectively independently, on task and on
  • Ability to stay
  • Ability to drive long distances safely in icy road
  • In-state overnight stays occasionally
  • Occasional temporary assignment to Council 65 or International union campaigns out of assigned area is
  • Valid Driver's
  • Physical location of position is at the discretion of the Executive


High School Diploma-post secondary education is preferred. Experience in union organizing or advocacy is preferred. Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the primary responsibilities will be considered. Experience with Outlook, Microsoft Office and Excel is required.


Work is performed from a field office. Lifting: 25 lbs. Driving, travel, temporary assignments, and extended work hours are required. Valid driver's license required. Hearing and vision acuity is necessary.

Must pass pre-employment physical and drug screening / Must pass background check and reference. Excellent salary and benefit package provided. The position is covered by the MIFSCA collective bargaining agreement.

If you wish to apply for the position, please submit your letter of interest and resume so it is received in our office prior to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020. You must include a daytime phone number with your resume. All resumes are to be sent to the following address or emailed to

Shannon Douvier, Executive Director AFSCME Council 65

3335 W St Germain
Street Suite 107

St Cloud, MN 56301