Location preference: Southern California, Bay Area, and Pacific Northwest
Alphabet Workers Union, Communications Workers of America Local 1400, is a wall-to-wall union organizing more than 100,000 Alphabet workers across US and Canada. Our union is open to workers in any job role, and our members range from software engineers, drivers, marketers, researchers and more. We are united collectively to fight for better treatment for Alphabet workers, and to hold Alphabet responsible for its responsibilities in the broader world.
AWU-CWA is seeking Campaign Lead organizers to help drive forward our organizing work. The main goals of the campaign will be to:
- Establish and build worker committees (at both the role and geographical levels).
- Train and develop workers to take on leadership roles in their committees, in campaigns, and in their union.
- Develop, implement, and oversee the organizing campaign, from establishing committees through engaging in targeted actions to improving working conditions for Alphabet workers.
The position is initially funded for one year, with ongoing extension possible.
The ideal candidate will have experience running multiple organizing campaigns with professional workers. They will have the organizational and strategic skills necessary to inspire and activate workers to take action.
The position will report to the CWA Organizing Director and the AWU-CWA Executive Council. The position can be based anywhere and involves regular travel.
- Willing and able to take regular direction and learn from experienced campaign staff
- Willing to commit, energy, heart and long, irregular hours
- Ability to learn and implement the campaign basics
- Be able to take notes, listen and get information/report back to Senior Campaign Lead and DO or other campaign leadership to evaluate campaigns
- Ability to assess workers' support of the campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups
- Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of an organizing campaign
- Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic labor movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics
- Willing to attend an Organizing Institute
- Basic communications skills, able to do basic flyers and other written material
- Motivated self-starter able to learn and troubleshoot without heavy supervision
- Driver’s license and reliable car, must be able to travel to work locations away from home/office location
- 1-2 years of prior labor, political or community organizing experience
- Strong social, written and verbal communication skills
- Patient in pressure situations and savvy with conflict management
- Bilingual, a plus
Responsibilities when employed in an Organizing campaign
- Ability to assess support of the union or campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups
- Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of a campaign
- Utilize numerous organizing tactics including home-visiting, cold phone calling, hand billing, etc.
- Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic movement and ability to organize workers and citizens from diverse backgrounds and demographics
- Along with campaign leadership, be able to work effectively with committee members and assist with moving campaigns to stage 3 (towards election and/or recognition), keep the organizing committee on track, motivate them to move through roadblocks and be public when it is time, and give them a realistic assessment of progress and inoculate them
- Work with the local to help identify and encourage others in local to participate in organizing campaigns and build support for organizing
- Along with the DOC, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan
- Submit reports as required, but at least monthly
- Must be able to work on projects to build the local, but also be able to assist in national and district organizing projects.
- Be heavily involved in major National and District Organizing Priority campaigns
- Capable of running campaigns with minimal assistance, motivate and dig out committee members, work in a team with other organizers involved in the campaign
- Be able to communicate effectively in writing, in speaking, and via electronic media. Be able to work with databases, able to do basic flyers and other written material
- Able to function as a trainer at an Organizer Institute and train organizing committee members
- Work with locals on National and District priority campaigns and help local organizers
- Travel to work locations away from home and work location by car and plane to locations as needed
- Computer skills that allow at least intermediate-level data management and communication