SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

Union Organizer
New Organizing

Based in Pittsburgh, PA


SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania unites 35,000 nurses and healthcare workers across the continuum of care.  We are the nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care and service workers who work in Pennsylvania’s hospitals, nursing homes, home and community based services, and state health facilities. Together, we work to unite all nurses and healthcare workers, organize at work and in the community, drive public policy and legislation, and build a broad, strong movement for good jobs, quality care, and healthy communities across Pennsylvania.

Organizers on the new organizing team are charged with helping unite, inspire and develop healthcare workers in their worksite to organize their co-workers to form their union at their facility.

Union Organizer – New Organizing

Pennsylvania (Organizers may live anywhere in Pennsylvania but travel for work and will regularly be assigned to organizing campaigns outside their home community for extended periods of time.)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizers perform a wide range of duties focused on coaching and leading workers to stand up for themselves, join with their co-workers, and use their strength to win improvements on the job and in the community. An organizer’s work often includes:
  • Coaching workers to stand up for their rights and use their power in numbers to win;
  • Identifying, recruiting, and training workers to become effective leaders;
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, rallies, direct action, and other ways for workers to come together and exercise their collective power;
  • Tracking and assessing organization-building metrics;
  • Developing a basic understanding of labor law and regulations affecting union organizing;
  • Campaigning creatively around healthcare problems and other public policy issues that impact workers;
  • Creating relationships with issue stakeholders and workers’ allies to advance our shared agenda;
  • Helping workers tell their stories through public speaking, video, social media, and other communications; and
  • Using basic social media tools to effectively engage workers, build networks, and communicate.


  • A strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and the desire to work hard to win;
  • Excellent ability to communicate, motivate, and listen to people, and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to work independently with a strong sense of accountability to shared goals;
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary;
  • Computer and basic social media literacy, particularly Microsoft Office and database applications; and
  • Ability to work long hours, visit workers at worksites and in their homes, and assist in setting up and dismantling materials for union events

Apprenticeship Program
Newly-hired organizers without previous union organizing experience begin with an apprenticeship program, typically of several months duration.

All positions require a valid driver’s license, a car, and a willingness to travel and work on the road for campaigns within Pennsylvania. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania provides mileage reimbursement at the federal rate and lodging, and food per diems when working away from home.

The start rate for those without labor experience is $58,647. Experienced based scale for those with labor experience up to $89,000.

Competitive benefits package including paid time off, defined-benefit pension, optional 401K-type plan, and fully paid health insurance.

Equal Opportunity
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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