SEIU Local 721
SEIU Local 721

Labor Representative

Based in Los Angeles, CA


SEIU Local 721 is a dynamic, and fast growing organization recognized as one of the largest and strongest union of publicly funded employees in the nation. We are on the forefront of local politics, defending public services in the face of budget challenges, organizing workers in the public service sectors and are key players in national reform efforts. We have over 180 staff members covering 6 counties. Our more than 90,000 members provide public services in diverse fields, including health care, social services, special districts, private non-profits, libraries, courts, parks and recreation, public works and mental health in cities and counties throughout Southern California. Through grassroots organizing, identifying and developing leaders within our Union, and organizing worker political power, we are on the front lines of holding government accountable, ensuring efficiency, tackling waste, and improving services.

The Labor Representative represents the members of a large Union, characterized by diverse employee bargaining units and complex employee relations issues, in conduct of formal and informal contacts with employees, employee organizations and employee relations administrators.

Represents members in disciplinary and investigative contacts with their employer, advises members on the interpretation and application of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or collective bargaining agreement and the processing of grievances and discipline guidelines. Candidate ensures compliance with employee relations policies, labor laws and agreements between the Union and the employer. Candidates within this class must be computer literate on Microsoft Word and other computer programs; have strong written and verbal communication skills; strong investigatory and research skills; have the ability to relate to wide variety of people in stressful situations, have the ability to understand employer operations, contractual language and policies; and have the ability to think clearly.


  • Provides advice and training to staff on representational matters as needed or assigned (including development of training instruments).
  • Attends internal and external administrative conferences as they pertain to AC staff and employee issues.
  • Interprets and enforces MOU and any and all other regulatory and governing policies, laws and ordnances and practices that apply in order to represent Union members.
  • Interprets collective bargaining agreement, ordinances, laws to members, stewards and other workers.
  • Analyze employee relations problems and recommend solutions to workers, stewards, activists and Union and management officials.
  • Effectively advance the union’s position in community groups, political groups, labor councils and with State and Federal, as well as Local, legislative bodies.
  • Conducts a positive information program to encourage communications from members.
  • Mentoring and training stewards on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintains regular communication with member/clients.
  • Maintains regular communication and reports to the Department Leadership.
  • Develops information articles as assigned.
  • Maintains a calendar that accurate.
  • Maintains regular reports of all case activity.
  • Confer informally with workers and management relative to work rules, regulations and conditions, employee relations policies and programs, contract provisions and related matters.
  • Maintains accurate records, including mileage reports, calendars and time allocation reports.
  • May participate in Union-wide contract negotiations.


  • Capacity to handle complex case and administrative issues which might require extensive research and development.
  • Strong verbal, written and computer skills.
  • Strong time management and case management skills.
  • Detail oriented, but able to conceptualize the broad implications of an issue.
  • Analytical skills directed toward investigations, planning, preparation and processing of quasi-judicial hearings and preparation and negotiations on contract agreement documents.
  • Ability to work within timelines under pressure and minimal supervision.
  • Dedication to improving the life of workers and a willingness to participate in a wide field of activities toward that objective.
  • Ability to develop working relations with management, community organizations and advocacy groups.
  • Ability to articulate SEIU 721 vision and strategy for social and economic justice.
  • Candidate must also be willing to work long and irregular hours, as assigned, or as necessary.


  • Prior advocacy experience in a Union setting.
  • Prior labor experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Related experience will be given consideration as will steward and rank-and-file experience.


  • You must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.


  • Salary range as of November 2, 2023, $68,734.65 (entry) to $105,711.50 15 years+.
  • Fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and a generous life insurance.
  • The Labor Representative is an UUP bargaining unit position subject to a staff union contract.

Mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, detailed résumé, two-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

Human Resources Department
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd. Ste.100
Los Angeles, CA 90017

E-mail: careers@seiu721.org

SEIU Local 721 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. SEIU Local 721 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Position will remain open until filled.

Posted internally on 4/28/23

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