The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 21 is seeking a Political and Legislative Organizer. The Political and Legislative Organizer position is a full-time position. We are a large union with a robust political program and we are looking for applicants to help us further our mission of building a powerful union that fights for economic, political and social justice in our work places and communities.
This position is based in Seattle, WA. Our organization will follow all guidelines put forth by Public Health officials and is working remotely until further notice.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Helping to research, analyze, and advocate for policy changes that benefit our members and workers in our industries, with a focus on removing barriers to workers forming a union in their work places.
- Representing the union in specific political and advocacy coalitions and tables, as well as in meetings with elected officials.
- Coordinating member and staff engagement in the political and legislative process, including in-district lobbying and lobby days, electoral and advocacy campaign events, and member testimony.
- Develop member leadership and participation in our political program through trainings, one-on-one member development, including further development of our Political Action Team, our Healthcare Advisory Board and our Executive Board.
- Support ABC (International PAC) fundraising and our voter registration program.
- Coordinating the union’s candidate interview and endorsement process, including tracking candidate endorsements and contributions, recruiting members to participate in our endorsement process, coordinating candidate forums.
- Help design and implement internal electoral program including member outreach, worksite voter ID program, and coordinating with our communications department on both member and external engagement.
- Coordinating elected official engagement in contract campaigns and growth efforts.
- Work on campaigns throughout the organization including growth, bargaining and internal member mobilization.
- Working with member lists and managing worksite contacts and voter contacts including some data entry.
- Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well with a team in sometimes stressful situations while maintaining a sense of humor, perspective, and always assuming the best in your coworkers.
- Excitement to work with our membership and engage them in the political work of our union.
- Commitment to the UFCW 21 mission and interest in our entire organization, not just the political work.
- Strong speaking, writing, research and listening skills.
- Has initiative and can be self-directed to build and manage a plan to complete an objective.
- Basic computer literacy required; knowledge of the VAN system and Excel is a plus. Willingness and ability to learn our internal data systems is required.
- Willingness to work irregular hours as the work requires, including occasional evenings and weekends.
- Commitment to evaluating work through racial and gender equity lens and ability to mobilize womxn, people of color, and other marginalized groups.
- Some travel within Washington State and occasionally outside of the state is required.
Some experience with unions, advocacy, legislative and/or electoral campaign field work is preferable.
Womxn and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. UFCW 21 is an equal opportunity employer.