United Steelworkers

United Steelworkers

Legislative Representative
Legislative & Policy Department

Based in Washington, DC


As North America’s largest industrial union, the USW represents workers throughout the manufacturing economy and is growing in a wide range of other sectors including, but not limited to, health care, education, tech, and the public sector.

Summary Job Description:
The USW seeks a dynamic and effective Legislative Representative for the union and its members. This position will support the interests of the union through policy analysis and advocacy with elected officials and policymakers at the federal, state, and local level, as assigned. A qualified applicant should be able to succeed working alone or in a team with other USW departments and/or regional districts in the development and execution of research, strategies, and written material to advance USW’s legislative and regulatory priorities. The legislative representative will build and maintain strong relationships with Congressional and agency staff as well as with allied organizations and industry to develop and promote USW’s policy goals.

This bargaining unit position includes a generous benefits package including a defined benefit pension, 401(k), medical, dental, and vision coverage. Collectively bargained salary bands start at $68,750 and top out at $105,226, experience will be factored into initial pay band placement.

This position is based in USW’s Washington, D.C. office, which is operating as a hybrid workplace requiring regular in-office work. The legislative representative will report directly to the USW Legislative Director and USW Director of Regulatory & State Policy.

The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience that enables them to:

  • Develop an effective understanding of the scope of USW’s membership, structure and policy goals. Ability to produce thorough research related to sectors that employ USW members.
  • Effectively communicate and advocate the union’s policy positions with congressional committees, staff, members of Congress and federal agencies as well as state-level government officials, where appropriate.
  • Articulate legislative activity and policy to USW district and international leadership as requested.
  • Ability to think strategically and work in a team to develop and execute issue-related lobbying efforts to further USW policy goals.
  • Ability to research and understand implications of specific legislative and regulatory actions on USW’s membership. Due to USW’s membership diversity, this can often fall outside of assigned industry sectors or issue areas.
  • Strong writing ability required for preparation of congressional testimony, agency comments, position papers, talking points, and correspondence to policymakers. This includes communications for grassroots campaigns and education.
  • Ability to interact with industry representatives on mutually beneficial policy positions. Ability to understand when industry aims are potentially detrimental to USW membership interests.
  • Capable speaker who is comfortable interacting with a diverse audience, ranging from rank and file union members to federal policymakers.
  • Ability to develop workshops and presentations for conferences and congressional briefings on assigned items.
  • Ability to work with USW communications staff to simply explain complex issues in statements, letters to the editor and social media platforms. With approval, speak with media or develop professional social media presence on USW legislative and policy positions to which assigned.
  • Self-starter with good organizational and planning skills to enable management of multiple priorities as well as keeping track of and completion of projects.
  • Aptitude in Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Understanding of the legislative process required.
  • Understanding of and experience with the labor movement a plus.
  • Work travel will be required.
  • Ability to work irregular hours when necessary.

To Apply:
Please send résumé, cover letter and writing samples to Carolyn Keys at: ckeys@usw.org, with the subject line “Legislative and Policy Department Representative.”

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