The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America is seeking an experienced, self-motivated organizer and trainer to train local activists in membership recruitment and oversee internal organizing projects in workplaces that have existing collective bargaining rights. The project will also offer the opportunity to organize non-union workers at the same employer and may also branch out to other employers over time.
TNG-CWA represents over 22,000 news media workers in the US and Canada. Our members work in all areas of the news industry, including print, broadcast and digital operations.
The successful candidate will work primarily with employees engaged in publishing print and online periodicals, so we seek someone with previous experience organizing professional and white-collar workers.
This organizer may also be assigned to work on other organizing campaigns conducted by The News Guild and Communications Workers of America, beyond the primary assignment.
- Recruitment in workplaces with union certification but low membership rates.
- Train local union activists in organizing and recruitment techniques.
- Direct organizing committee work: keep the committee members on track, motivate them, give them a realistic assessment of progress and inoculate them on employer tactics.
- Assess workers’ support of the union, identify and recruit potential committee members, facilitate committee meetings.
- Run campaigns with minimal assistance, motivate and assist committee members, work in a team with other organizers involved in the campaign.
- Track, compile and analyze campaign data; continuously assess progress of campaign and develop plans and ideas to move through obstacles.
- Work effectively with local and national leaders on priority campaigns beyond the primary assignment.
- Willing and able to take regular direction and learn from experienced campaign staff
- Willing to commit, energy, heart and long, irregular hours
- Ability to learn and implement the campaign basics
- Be able to take notes, listen and get information/report back to DOC or other campaign leadership to evaluate campaigns
- Ability to assess workers' support of the campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups.
- Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of an organizing campaign.
- Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic labor movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics.
- Willing to attend an Organizing Institute
- Basic communications skills, able to do basic flyers and other written material
- Motivated self-starter able to learn and troubleshoot without heavy supervision
- Driver's license and reliable car, must be able to travel to work locations away from home/office location.
- 1-2 years of prior labor, political or community organizing experience
- Strong social, written and verbal communication skills
- Patient in pressure situations and savvy with conflict management
- Bilingual, a plus
RESPONSIBILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH NEW SHOP ORGANIZING
- Ability to assess support of the union or campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups
- Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of a campaign
- Utilize numerous organizing tactics including home-visiting, cold phone calling, hand billing, etc.
- Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic movement and ability to organize workers and citizens from diverse backgrounds and demographics
- Along with campaign leadership, be able to work effectively with committee members to keep the organizing on track, motivate progress through roadblocks, provide a realistic assessment of progress, and determine timing for going public.
- Work with the local to help identify and encourage others in local to participate in organizing campaigns and build support for organizing
- Along with the DOC, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan
- Submit reports as required, but at least monthly
- Must be able to work on projects to build the local, but also be able to assist in national and district organizing projects.
- Be heavily involved in major National and District Organizing Priority campaigns
- Capable of running campaigns with minimal assistance, motivate and dig out committee members, work in a team with other organizers involved in the campaign
- Be able to communicate effectively in writing, in speaking, and via electronic media. Be able to work with data bases, able to do basic flyers and other written material
- Able to function as a trainer at an Organizer Institute and train organizing committee members
- Work with locals on National and District priority campaigns and help local organizers
- Travel to work locations away from home and work location by car and plane to locations as needed
- Computer skills that allow at least intermediate-level data management and communication.
- Wages: $64,141.81 - $81,389.87 annually (1-2 years experience required; wages increase with additional experience)
- Reports to the CWA Organizing Director or appropriate administrative staff
- Other terms and conditions as established in the collective bargaining agreement with the Federation of Guild Representatives
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 27, 2018
Other terms and conditions as established in the collective bargaining agreement with the Federation of Guild Representatives
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
How to apply: Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, resume and at least two references to Bernard Lunzer, TNG-CWA President at firstname.lastname@example.org.