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Collective Bargaining & Employer Relations (CBER) Specialist

Seattle, WA


Reports to: Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations Manager
Location: Seattle, WA

Summary: SEIU 775 is the long-term care workers union, representing 43,000 home care and nursing home workers. We are a leader in the progressive community and take bold and aggressive approaches to politics and organizing. Our daily work is designed to unite workers, and especially long-term care workers, and to hold politicians accountable for quality care and quality jobs.

The CBER Specialist will join an organization of researchers, specialists, field organizers and lobbyists who support innovative statewide, multi-state and national efforts, in the areas of collective bargaining, legislation and/or regulations, to improve the long-term care industry's practices with regard to worker wages and benefits, contract negotiations, contract compliance, patient care and public accountability. Work will include collective bargaining, labor/management initiatives, leadership development and representation, and additional responsibilities.

The CBER Specialist:

  • Negotiates union contracts
  • Assists in the recruitment and development of member leaders to participate on contract negotiations teams
  • Coordinate contract negotiation and ratification campaigns in collaboration with organizers to build the union, engage members and win
  • Coordinates the union’s Labor Management Committee program
  • Engages in other areas of employer relations as assigned
  • Recruits and develops member leaders to participate in the Labor Management Committee process
  • Collaborates with organizers to engage and mobilize members it this process
  • Provides support and leadership to the union’s grievance procedure and contract enforcement campaigns, including working with LiA organizers and leaders to plan and execute strategies
  • Recruits and develops member leaders to serve as member Advocates in nursing homes and home care agencies
  • Supports, advices, and assists members, member leaders and Member Resource Center Representatives to utilize the grievance procedure, direct action, labor management committees and other forums to win just resolutions to workers’ problems
  • Contributes to strategic contract campaign planning
  • Builds and maintains relationships with assigned employer representatives to facilitate productive negotiations, contract enforcement, and Labor Management Committee outcomes
  • Assures that the union meets its duty to fair representation
  • Handles grievances, top step grievances and arbitrations as necessary
  • Completes assignments to electoral, legislative and growth campaigns as required by the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

A Collective Bargaining & Employer Relations Specialist must be able to organize his or her time, and develop and carry out assignments with minimal supervision. S/he must also be able to receive direction from and work in coordination with his or her immediate supervisor, other team members, and other union staff.

Job Qualifications:

  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU 775 is a requirement of this position (see www.seiu775.org and www.seiu.org)
  • Social Change and/or activism experience
  • Comfort with numbers and technology
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours when needed to meet deadlines, including but not limited to bargaining or campaign demands
  • Advanced writing and communication skills in English
  • Ability to work well and creatively under tight deadlines, in a team environment and independently
  • Willingness to travel as needed

Compensation: Staff union pay scale ranges from $51,500 to $70,900, based on experience. SEIU 775 staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, Cell phone allowance, ORCA Transit card, generous holiday and vacation policies, and both a defined benefit pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

See www.seiu775.org for more information

To Apply: Submit cover letter, résumé, writing samples, and three references with current contact information. These may be entered as text, or attached during the application process on the SEIU 775 Career Site.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

SEIU 775 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, gender, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other discrimination prohibited by law. SEIU 775 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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