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Labor Representative/Internal Organizer

Portland, OR
 

Compensation and Benefits: Salary for this full time position is based on applicable years of experience applied to the wage scale outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.  Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) offers a comprehensive benefits package for this position.

About Oregon Nurses Association:
ONA, founded in 1904, is a labor union that also serves as a professional association for registered nurses and nurse practitioners. 

ONA currently represents over 12,000 nurses at close to 50 bargaining units located throughout the State. The contracts ONA nurses obtain raise the bar for wages, benefits, and other conditions of employment for all nurses. More importantly, the contracts give nurses a voice in the workplace to address patient care and safety. Our over a century worth of experience as a professional association with our fifty years of experience as a union make ONA uniquely capable of addressing all nursing issues and concerns. www.oregonrn.org

Job Summary:

This position is part of ONA’s Labor Department and reports to the Assistant Executive Director of Labor. The Labor Department empowers healthcare workers to advocate for themselves, their patients, their families, and their communities.  Consequently, this position requires the employee to facilitate and maintain the development of strong and engaged bargaining units.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Works with bargaining unit members to develop a broad, representative, inclusive, and diverse pool of worksite leaders.
  • Provides training for leaders to move worksite issues and campaigns, to serve as advocates on worksite committees, and to act as stewards.
  • Identifies, trains, and supports stewards to handle investigatory meetings and grievances.
  • Promotes membership in the union, including developing internal organizing plans to accrete unrepresented employees in union, convert fair-share or non-members to membership, and ensure ONA presence at new employee orientations.
  • Acts as the lead negotiator for bargaining-unit negotiations.
  • Represents nurses in investigatory meetings and grievances when appropriate or necessary. 

Required Skills and Tools:

  • Tools:
    • Smart phone with data plan, which ONA will reimburse per collective bargaining agreement. 
    • Insured and reliable automobile.
    • Personal laptop, which ONA will provide per policy.
  • Skills-Knowledge-License
    • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Office Outlook, and membership databases or similar programs.
    • Ability to use text and other digital platforms.
    • Knowledge of basic labor and employment law, such as, NLRA, PECBA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, and Workers Compensation. 
    • Knowledge of or commitment to learn about Nurse Practice Act, HIPAA, Oregon’s Staffing Law, and other healthcare related practices and culture.
    • Valid driver’s license.

Education and Experience:

A minimum of three years’ experience as a union organizer, community or political organizer, or internal organizer/business agent required except as noted below.  Applicants with healthcare experience encouraged to apply.  ONA will develop a registered nurse with less than three years of experience if other relevant skills or experience are present.  Bachelors or Master’s Degree or relevant work experience required. 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Alan Yoder at yoder@oregonrn.org.

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