Union Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL

UNITE HERE Local 1 Organizers identify, recruit and train worker leaders and build active worker organizing committees to win union representation and contract fights, and help build the movement of hospitality workers in the Chicago area.

Our campaigns organize non-union workers and secure improved standards for our 15,000 union members in the Chicago area’s food service, gaming and casino, and hotel industries.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify and develop worker-leaders through one-on-one communication;
  • Build and maintain worker committees;
  • Organize and lead worker committee meetings;
  • Organize and run large actions such as picket lines and civil disobedience;
  • Perform administrative tasks necessary for worker organizing such as maintaining database, producing materials and correspondence.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Dedication to social and economic justice, and specifically to building a strong labor movement;
  • Education or experience with labor unions and/or community organizing;
  • Organizing experience, particularly in building unity within a diverse group, and inspiring others to be a part of using collective action to build power;
  • Willingness to persevere to be able to motivate people to move beyond anger and/or fear into action;
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment within the context of an overall plan and structure;
  • Excellent communication skills in one-on-one and group settings;
  • Good organizational and administrative skills, including basic computer skills;
  • Willing and able to travel to appropriate work sites, and to work long and irregular work hours;
  • Valid driver's license and own car;
  • Strong language skills in a language other than English preferred; Spanish and Cantonese specifically needed.

To Apply
Please email a résumé and cover letter to: lweeks@unitehere1.org.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. Positions include excellent health and retirement benefits.

UNITE HERE Local 1 is an equal opportunity employer and gives equal consideration to all applicants without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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