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Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America


Campaign Lead

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Across North America and around the world, working people are taking bold action in increasing numbers to respond to unprecedented economic inequality, demanding social justice, and building a future where average people have a voice in our lives, economic security, the hope of ecological survival, and freedom. Time and again, we see the daring and innovative leadership of tech workers on the front lines of these struggles, from game worker and Googler walkouts to stamp out sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, to the climate strikes, to workplace actions to end complicity in family separation and the facilitation of ICE internment camps.

These efforts continue through the courageous efforts of workplace leaders who are building organization to change our lives. These workers are organizing with their union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) a dynamic, militant, member-led union that is building a movement for social and economic justice. CWA has a proud history of its members organizing in high tech, beginning among Microsoft and IBM contractors throughout the 1990s and aughts. CWA seeks a highly experienced and motivated campaign lead to serve as a lead organizer on campaigns among software engineers, IT professionals, artists and designers in gaming, new media and high tech workplaces.

The position will be initially funded for one year, subject to extension.

The ideal candidate will have experience running multiple organizing campaigns with professional workers, and industry work history. They will have the organizational and strategic skills necessary to inspire and activate workers to take action. Current workplace organizers and organizers with past programming, design, and production work history are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will report to the CWA Organizing Director and receive support and direction from the CWA District 9 Organizing Coordinator. The position is based in Los Angeles, California and involves regular travel, primarily along the West Coast.

Job Qualifications:

  • Willing and able to take regular direction and learn from experienced campaign staff
  • Willing to commit energy and heart to building our movement while working long, irregular hours
  • Ability to learn and implement campaign basics
  • Be able to take notes, listen and get information/report back to campaign leadership to evaluate campaigns
  • Ability to assess workers' support of the campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups.
  • Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of an organizing campaign.
  • Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic labor movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics.
  • Experience attending and willingness to co-facilitate Organizing Institutes
  • Basic communications skills, able to do basic flyers and other written material
  • Strong social, written and verbal communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter able to learn and troubleshoot without heavy supervision
  • Driver's license and reliable car, must be able to travel to work locations away from home/office location.
  • 2+ years of prior labor, political or community organizing experience (workplace organizers from within game workers, IT, high tech workforces with less than 2 years’ experience still encouraged to apply for a position at CWA Campaign Assistant level while gaining the overall experience to transition into the Campaign Lead role)
  • Patient in high pressured situations and savvy with conflict management
  • Bilingual, a plus

Responsibilities when employed in an Organizing campaign:

  • Ability to assess support of the union or campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups
  • Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of a campaign
  • Utilize numerous organizing tactics including home-visiting, cold phone calling, hand billing, etc.
  • Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics
  • Along with campaign leadership, be able to work effectively with committee members to:
    • assist with moving campaigns to stage 3, i.e. an NLRB election or voluntary recognition campaign
    • keep the organizing committee on track
    • motivate them to move through roadblocks and be public when it is time
    • give them a realistic assessment of progress and inoculate them
  • Work with CWA locals to help identify and encourage other members to participate in organizing campaigns and build support for organizing
  • Along with the District Organizing Coordinator, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan
  • Submit reports as required, but at least monthly
  • Capable of running campaigns with minimal assistance, motivate and dig out committee members, work in a team with other organizers involved in the campaign
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and via electronic media. Be able to work with databases, able to do basic flyers and other written material
  • Able to function as a trainer at an Organizer Institute and train organizing committee members
  • Work with CWA locals on National and District priority campaigns and help local organizers
  • Travel to work locations away from home and work location by car and plane to locations as needed, primarily along the West Coast
  • Computer skills that allow at least intermediate-level data management and communication

Job Specifications:

  1. Wages: Campaign lead $67,388 - $85,510 Annually (effective 10/1/2019). Workplace organizers from within the gaming and tech industries with greater than 1 year but less and 2 years organizing experience are still encouraged to apply for this position at the CWA Campaign Assistant level (which has lower work-history requirements) while gaining the overall experience to transition into the Campaign Lead role. Campaign Assistant Salary $39,310 - $56,846.82.
  2. Benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance provided, covered by the terms of Staff Union CBA.
  3. Reports to the CWA Organizing Director and receives direction from the CWA District 9 Organizing Coordinator.
  4. Other terms and conditions as per the Memorandum of Agreement.

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