Pennsylvania Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU

Pennsylvania Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU

Field Representative

Covering Eastern PA, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern PA

WHO WE ARE: The Pennsylvania Joint Board of Worker’s United, SEIU, (PAJB), represents approximately 5000 workers employed by 40 employers spanning from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Our membership is diverse, and includes garment workers, food service workers, distribution center workers, and industrial laundry workers.

Workers United has a deeply rooted history representing garment workers. We are the former International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, which was created in 1900 to fight sweatshops and bring decent working conditions. The ILGWU was one the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership.

Today we still hold the values close from over 100 years ago; every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. These are the same values share by our parent union, the Service Employee International Union, with over two million members in the United States and Canada and a leader in the fight for social justice.

LOCATION: Eastern PA, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern PA

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is responsible for contract enforcement, developing worksite leadership; handling grievances, arbitrations, and disciplinary appeals; recruiting new members; supporting members in exercising political power; participating in organizing and political campaigns; and negotiating union contracts. Responsible for preparing work plans, calendars, files, reports, and other records. Will be required to work evenings and weekends. Not a “9 to 5” job.


  • Recruitment: Accountable for working with union leadership and stewards and recruiting new members to participate in union activities and political campaigns. Regular one-on-one contact with members will be required.
  • Leadership Development: Develop and maintain effective worksite leadership structures through the recruitment, training, and support of stewards and other union leaders. Build stewards’ committees and other leadership structures.
  • Communication: Maintain regular and effective communication with workers in assigned jurisdictions through personal visits, flyers, newsletters, phone calls, social media, bulletin board postings, and meetings. Respond to telephone messages in a timely manner.
  • Representation: Interpret collective bargaining agreements and other relevant laws, regulations, policies, and practices and assist union members in understanding their rights. Provide assertive and prepared advocacy, handle grievances, appeals, and other formal personnel matters on behalf of union members. Assist union members in achieving informal resolutions of work-related problems. Communicate with Employers with confidence, knowledge, and professionalism.
  • Collective Bargaining: Assist in negotiations for assigned bargaining units. Conduct bargaining surveys, salary surveys, and other research activities to strengthen the negotiating position of assigned bargaining units.
  • Issue Campaigns: Participate in the development and implementation of effective industry strategies and coordinated activities to raise standards. Identify significant worksite and/or departmental issues and develop strategies and tactics to effectively address them, including petitions, group grievances, work actions, media events, and legal actions.
  • Legislative and Electoral Campaigns: Participate in and recruit members to participate in legislative and electoral campaign activities, including lobbying, phone banking, letter-writing, door-to-door canvassing, and other activities.
  • Administration: Maintain a calendar which accurately documents past, present, and future activities, visits, and appointments in connection with work as a field representative. Maintain accurate records, including activity reports.


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • High-level ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Analytical skills necessary to interpret contract language, investigate and process grievances, and prepare contract proposals.
  • Ability to work under pressure; must be well organized and self-motivated.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discern priorities.
  • Ability to make effective use of resources available to the union.
  • Dedication to improving the position of working people and strengthening the role of organized labor in society through work actions, community relations, and legislative and political activity.
  • Ability to work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, social, and economic groups.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in union representation. Experience in negotiating contracts is highly desirable, but not required. PAJB seeks to maintain a staff which is representative of a wide variety of backgrounds in order that the union truly reflects our members’ interests and concerns.

REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid driver’s license with a good record. Leased car or car allowance will be provided

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Generous salary and benefits package, including pension, and fully paid health insurance.

E-mail a cover letter and detailed résumé and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references to: jobs@pajbwu.org. Indicate the position you are applying for on your cover letter

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

PA JB is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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