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Temporary Union Organizer

Affiliate:
Vermont Homecare United, AFSCME Local 480
Location:
Burlington, VT
Salary Range:
$1,733 per semimonthly
Posting Date:
November 28, 2022

Vermont Homecare United is hiring a temporary union organizer. This is a 12-month full-time position. This position is responsible for internal organizing for an existing union to increase membership and build strength among the 6,500 homecare providers in Vermont. The ideal candidate would live near Burlington, VT. The primary work area is Chittenden County and immediately surrounding counties. The successful candidate will operate independently while working under general supervision to carry out assigned responsibilities. Performs all activities associated with organizing to include assessing workers, building/maintaining worker lists, identifying and developing worker-leaders, creating organizing committees and making home visits. As the public face of the union in organizing campaigns the Organizer must promote the vision of the union to members and non-members. Organizer must promote teamwork and be self-critical and receptive to on-going feedback for successful development and growth. 

DUTIES: 

  • Conducts one-on-one organizing primarily through home visits to accurately assess and recruit supporters and leaders; guides their activities on behalf of the union and identifies attitudes of individual workers to be able to plan appropriate messaging/actions. 
  • Develops and leads worker mobilizations; plans and conducts meetings with organizing committees and other workers in the campaign including public speaking and conducting workshops. 
  • Develops broad, representative organizing committees of worker-leaders, and trains and deploys them to move the campaign.
  • Contributes to the development of strategic campaign planning/message, incorporates campaign message into one-on-one communications and other communications methods.
  • Maintains relevant employee lists which may include input on, and operation of, computerized database systems.
  • Performs related work as required. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Education & Experience: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent. 
  • A minimum of 6 months' experience in union organizing; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Skills: 

  • Knowledge of union organizing practice and principles. 
  • Basic knowledge of labor laws, especially with respect to union organizing.
  • Leadership and motivational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and possess a strong work ethic.
  • Proficient with MS Office, VAN, and online mapping tools. Travel and Work Hours:
  • The work week is 40 hours, but extended work hours including weekends and evenings are required.
  • Driving is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and use of a reliable vehicle. A gas allowance of $500 per month will be provided. 

Interested candidates may submit a resume, references and cover letter to AFSCME Area Field Services Director Tim Birch at tbirch@afscme.org. Please apply by December 08, 2022.