SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

Senior Contract Enforcement Specialist

Based in Salinas, CA


SEIU Local 521 was founded in 2007 when 5 local unions came together in the Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley to form one larger, more powerful union. Together our members are building a true 21st century union fighting to empower and improve the lives of our members. We represent over 50,000 public service workers in cities, counties, courts, schools, private non-profits, special districts, and public health care.

AT SEIU LOCAL 521: Our mission is to provide our members with a voice in the workplace, in their union and in the larger community. Through our actions, we intend to create a more just and humane society. We are committed to protecting and improving the lives of workers and their families. We will work to improve and protect the services we provide to our communities. We believe that by working together as a united front, we can win better contracts and build industry power in our region.

Senior Contract Enforcement Specialist to be eligible candidates must be highly experienced and possess a higher-level skillset in the Specialist field with an ability to process advanced level grievances and arbitrations for the Local Union. Candidates must show the ability work above and beyond the expectations of a Specialist and may work with minimal supervision and assistance of union’s counsel, to assist in preparing cases before Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Civil Service in coordination with the Regional Director, for example. Candidates have also shown the ability to develop curriculum to support the development of Stewards across our local and to develop their skillsets in leading trainings as well, including Joint labor management trainings. The purpose of this position is to recognize highly advanced skills and abilities with minimal supervision while providing intermittent support to the Contract Enforcement Specialists in assisting and developing members in the Member Resource Center. This position will not be eligible for a lead differential.

Additionally, under the direction of Chief Elected Officer or his/her designee, the Senior Contract Enforcement Specialist will assist and support the local union’s work to accomplish the vision statement of the Local, including GOTV assignments. When assigning political work to a Senior Contract Enforcement Specialist, deadlines and hearings will be considered.

RESPONSIBILITIES: All duties listed are required and not limited too but may or may not be continuously performed or ongoing at any specific time. This list is not all inclusive:

  • Higher level expertise in specific areas such as, workers’ rights, contract interpretation and language development, etc. to such a level that this person can manage the union’s response in bargaining or campaigns
  • High level skills representing the union in grievances at the pre-arbitration and arbitration levels (includes backlog panels, personnel boards and adjustment boards), including scheduling meetings and hearings with employers; preparing files; meeting with members and stewards to gather supporting documentation; striking arbitrators; researching cases, precedent decisions and bargaining history; prepping witnesses; presenting cases; and working with limited to no attorneys
  • Ability to closely coordinate with research, communications, and political department for local wide campaigns and/or issues.
  • Developed skills coordinating the Local 521 Grievance/Discipline Appeals panel, including recruiting and training panel members, preparing paperwork related to appeals, facilitating hearings, working with Internal Organizers, appellants, and Stewards to prepare cases.
  • Developed skills training rank-and-file Stewards in all of the above and other related topics that help enforce member’s contracts
  • Help develop the skills set of Contract Enforcement Specialists and/or Stewards in the local and help mentor and coach their skillsets in the department and Member Resource Center.
  • Coordinate with Union staff on Local-wide campaigns and representational work, as assigned.
  • Ability to analyze, review and identify trends in representation data collected that will help develop contractual language, recommendations and/or potential campaigns within the local.
  • The ability to support, communicate and coordinate effectively with Internal Organizers, regional directors, coordinators and member Leaders on group grievances and helping to develop the campaign is critical in this position.


  • A minimum of 2 (two) years’ experience with higher level contract administration, enforcement, and interpretation, which will normally be obtained through experience as a union worksite organizer/field representative/business agent or attorney/paralegal.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of public and private sector labor laws, contract interpretation and grievance/arbitration theory.
  • Extensive experience handling classification studies and negotiations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse group of workers.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Proficient typing skills and experience in Microsoft Suite programs and ability to type.

REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of SEIU Local 521. Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience ranging from $97,395.10-$107,378.03. SEIU Local 521 employees enjoy top notch benefits including fully employer-paid family health, dental and vision insurance; a generous leave package; fully employer-paid defined benefit pension plan; 401(K); flexible savings accounts for annual health and childcare expenses; $200,000 life insurance plan; and other benefits outlined in the policies of SEIU 521.

To Apply: https://www.seiu521.org/who-we-are/work-with-us/

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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