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Internal Organizer and Field Representative

Based in Portland, OR


The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 483 is looking for a full-time Internal Organizer and Field Representative. LIUNA Local 483 is a dynamic, member-driven labor union that represents approximately 1,200 public employees, with bargaining units in the city of Portland and statewide. Our Local strives to use an organizing-focused model for internal work. Organizers are responsible for building the capacity and effectiveness of the Local. This will include both internal and, when appropriate, external organizing. The organizer will identify, recruit, and help develop networks among stewards and member leaders to advance campaigns, represent their co-workers, negotiate and enforce their collective bargaining agreements, protect the jurisdiction of the union, and engage and organize in the community. A large component of the job is to work with stewards to represent the membership in disciplinary meetings, grievances, and negotiations. The organizer will report to and be supervised by the Business Manager.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of labor law, representation and collective bargaining agreements, organizing practice and principles; leadership and motivational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and a keen interest in justice for working families. We are building an extremely committed team. Anyone joining our staff should be comfortable working in an organization where mutual respect and teamwork, high performance, and critical thinking are expected. Candidates must be willing to sometimes work long hours, including evenings and weekends. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

While 3 to 5 years of experience working with labor unions is strongly preferred, we will consider applicants with other types of organizing and advocacy experience.

Laborers’ Local 483 offers a competitive salary based on experience, a benefits package including a defined benefit pension, mileage reimbursement, full medical and dental coverage for employees and their dependents, training and educational reimbursement, and opportunities for advancement.

Interested parties should email a resume and cover letter, as well as 1 to 3 page writing sample, to liuna483@liuna483.org.

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