Staff Attorney

Based in Los Angeles, CA

SEIU Local 2015 is a local labor union representing approximately 325,000 long-term care workers in the State of California. It is an incredibly dynamic and diverse organization with responsibility to represent its members in their relationships with employers and also to further the Justice Agenda adopted by the membership.

Job Description:
The staff attorney will work closely with the Union staff and report directly to the General Counsel on a wide array of legal matters impacting the Union and the members. Some will fall in the realm of traditional labor law under the NLRB and PERB and may include arbitrating disputes under collective bargaining agreements, engaging in impasse procedures under CA’s Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and contract bargaining. Other legal work may require significant agility and creativity in addressing less traditional forms of organizing and representation. Work may also include day-to-day advising Union staff on any number of matters relating to the operation of the Union and representation of the members, campaign finance and reporting law, policy and legislative review and assessment and possible involvement in state or federal litigation matters. Occasional travel may be required, predominantly within the State of California.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Legal research, analysis and writing (approximately 50%)
  • Direct representational work (such as arbitrations, collective bargaining, trainings)(approximately 30%)
  • Assisting and advising Union staff on membership issues (approximately 20%)
  • Any other duties as assigned


  • Must hold a Juris Doctorate
  • Must be admitted to the California Bar
  • Between 1-4 years of legal work post-law school graduation
  • Experience working with labor unions, arbitrations, and direct member or client contact are all highly preferred
  • Highly organized, strong writing and research skill
  • Solid interpersonal skills among diverse populations
  • Ability to work independently, manage time and an assortment of assignments
  • Ability to consistently exercise good judgement and demonstrate the Union’s Core Values: Leadership, Compassion, Empowerment, Accountability, Transparency and Excellence
  • Fluency in any language in addition to English is highly favorable, particularly: Spanish, Armenian, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Expected Behavior:

  • The Staff Attorney is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organizations’ core values - Excellence, Leadership, Compassion, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment--, which include but are not limited to:
  • High ethical standards
  • Train, develop, nurture and mentor all staff and members
  • Encourage team work and participation by all staff and members
  • Lead by example
  • Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is generally performed in the office with staff, members, and outside constituents. Long and irregular hours required. Some travel required.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

  • The Staff Attorney reports directly to the General Counsel.

Pay commensurate with experience.

To Apply For This Position
Mail, e-mail or fax a detailed resume, cover letter, a one-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

E-mail: jobs@seiu2015.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are applying for.

SEIU Local 2015
c/o Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

(877) 396-2163
Attn: Human Resources

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