Union Organizer / New Growth

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  • Midwest
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SEIU Wisconsin State Council

SEIU Wisconsin State Council

JOB TITLE:  Union Organizer/New Growth     GRADE: Annual Salary starts at $50,000



The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Wisconsin State Council coordinates the statewide power building  to integrate and unify organizing, political, and member engagement work across SEIU Wisconsin locals and industries to accelerate breakthroughs on Unions for All and build a multi-racial democracy.

The 2 million members united in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are at the forefront of a movement to build power for working people and empower all workers to form unions, no matter what job they do. SEIU members are from every walk of life, every political party, every background, every faith. They come from communities with their own stories and strengths, and that makes the Union all the more powerful because there’s strength in numbers. SEIU members work across the healthcare spectrum providing high quality care and services. They are the workers who keep our nation’s airports running and make sure landmark buildings are clean and secure. They provide essential public services and give a foundation of learning to our youngest and brightest.

SEIU members believe in and are fighting for a Just Society where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where they come from or what color they are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

PURPOSE: Union Organizers/New Growth at SEIU Wisconsin State Council are responsible for bringing new members into the union either through external or internal organizing and campaigning.  This position is a 6-month project position, with potential to remain on permanent staff.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.

●     Implement organizing campaigns, with supervision, to win Union recognition for unorganized workplaces, building organizing committees, identifying issues, leadership identification and development, and preparing workers for NLRB, and other elections, and/or strategic and recognition campaigns

●     Implement internal organizing campaigns to sign up new members, mobilize members around bargaining and political campaigns, develop internal team leader structures and mobilize the community and others to pressure employers

●     Educate workers and others on how power relationships work and how workers can/should use that knowledge

●     Communicate with workers including listening, framing issues and motivating them to participate actively

●     Visit work sites on a regular basis covering all shifts

●     Organize rallies and demonstrations; provide strike support including organizing workers and members involvement, support actions, pressure campaigns on employers and building community support

●     Participate in lobbying at State, Federal and local levels and educate and mobilize members around the Union’s political program

●     Lead workers in community issues and build relationships with relevant people/groups/organizations outside the Union

●     Represent the Union as assigned in community and labor coalition activities

●     May lead other member or staff organizer(s) and be responsible for a program of the Union

●     Attend and participate in staff meetings

●     Complete all required administrative tasks (i.e., activity forms, expense forms, etc.) in a timely manner

●     Maintain accurate record keeping

●     Other duties as assigned

●     Experience as an Organizer or demonstrated ability to carry on the responsibilities of the job

●     Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds

●     Committed to learning about leading and motivating workers in necessary struggles

●     Dedication to workers’ rights and social justice

●     Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines

●     Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable

●     Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically

●     Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities

●     Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills

●     Ability to work and organize independently and as part of a team

●     Working knowledge of computer programs including Word, Excel, e-mail, accessing the internet, and databases

●     The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment

Key Requirements:
●     Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU and to the specific program of SEIU Wisconsin State Council, and to the struggle for economic, social, and racial justice.

●     Excellent, proven Communication skills.

●     Ability to take and incorporate feedback.

●     Excellent listening skills.

●     Possession of a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a reliable automobile.

●     The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $50,000 annually. SEIU Wisconsin State Council offers a generous benefits package including paid time off and health insurance benefits. This position is FLSA exempt.


●     Willingness to work long and varying hours including weekends, nights and holidays.

●     Regular worksite visits, home visits and canvassing are required


●     This position will have regular and direct dealings with individuals engaged in a healthcare setting and individuals who work with those that are immunocompromised, therefore, candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for either a) a certain medical condition(s); or b) on the basis of sincerely held strong religious beliefs and practices; c) as otherwise required by law.

SEIU Wisconsin State Council is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), or any other protected category recognized by state, federal or local laws.