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New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU

New England Health Care Employees Union
District 1199 SEIU


Political/Community Organizer

Based in Hartford, CT


About Us:
In these challenging times, when so much wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of so few, it is more important than ever to unite working people with the broader political and social justice movement to achieve respect and dignity, economic and racial equality on the job and in our communities.

District 1199 SEIU is a bold, democratic Union with a long activist tradition. In his remarks at 1199’s Salute to Freedom in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr stated “Local 1199 represents the authentic conscience of the labor movement.” In recent years, we’ve won a $15/hour standard for thousands of low-wage workers through militant direct-action campaigns, fought racism on the job, campaigned for progressive policy in the state legislature, and engaged in the community around a variety of social justice issues.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Empower workers to build their political power to positively impact their wages and benefits as well as larger social/political issues
  • Identify, recruit, and develop workers to participate in the union’s political program
  • Coordinate campaign tactics in electoral campaigns to elect union endorsed candidates, union supported ballot measures, and other political priorities of the union
  • Assist with development of strategic vision for campaigns
  • Responsible for building, maintaining and mobilizing community and political support
  • Outreach to elected leaders and community organizations to support union campaigns and recruit them to turnout for union events
  • Develop policy positions, drive key relationships with community allies and elected leaders
  • Attend community and political functions as a representative of the union

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and empowering working people to build political power
  • Strong social, written, and verbal communication skills, patient in pressure situations
  • Direct experience in field organizing for election or other issue campaigns
  • Motivated self-starter who has the ability to learn without heavy supervision
  • Driver’s license and reliable car
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours in many different areas of the state, as directed
  • Basic Computer skills, specifically in word and google documents, and experience with the Voter file preferred
  • 1-2 years experience in previous labor, political, or community organizing. 2 years experience preferred
  • Bilingual preferred

Supervision:

  • Reports to the Political Director

Salary & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary depends on experience. This job includes a generous benefits package including pension and health insurance

To Apply
Send cover letter and résumé to:

Bill Meyerson. SEIU1199 New England
77 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford CT 06106
Email: bmeyerson@seiu1199ne.org
Fax: 860-251-6049

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