Washington Public Employees Association, UFCW Local 365

Staff Representative (Member Representation Specialist)

Based in Olympia, WA

The Washington Public Employees Association is a public-sector labor union with approximately 4500 members statewide.  We represent classified employees in state government agencies, community colleges, and public library systems.

WPEA has a currently available position is for a Staff Representative working out of our main office in Olympia, Washington. This position is for a one-year contract, with the possibility of a permanent position based on the union’s needs once we’ve seen and assessed the impacts of the Janus decision.

WPEA Staff Representatives are primarily responsible for member representation, member communication, and contract enforcement.  Frequent travel is required, as well as long and irregular hours.  Applicants should have experience as a union representative or human resources professional, preferably in the public sector.  Applicants should be comfortable using Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well having some familiarity with Apple products such as the iPad.

Typical activities include:

  • Advising individual members on workplace issues
  • Acting as union representative in disciplinary meetings
  • Acting as union spokesperson in labor-management meetings and mid-term negotiations
  • Conducting grievance investigations and processing grievances through arbitration
  • Facilitating member meetings of up to fifty members
  • Organizing member action around contract campaigns and special projects
  • Coordinating member participation in legislative and political affairs
  • Identifying, recruiting and training shop stewards and member leaders
  • Educating and motivating members toward collective action

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups
  • Write effectively in a variety of forms, including emails, letters, grievances, settlement agreements, contract proposals, flyers, petitions and newsletter stories
  • Interpret and administer complex legal and contract language
  • Exercise sound judgment in resolving difficult situations
  • Practice diplomacy in managing interpersonal conflicts
  • Handle multiple cases with frequent deadlines
  • Work well under pressure

Please include a cover letter, resume and references when applying for this position.  Your cover letter should include a brief explanation of how your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for the position.  Excellent benefits include health insurance, retirement account, and paid time off (holidays, vacation and sick leave).  Deadline for applications is Friday, May 4, 2018.

Please send application materials to Lane Hatfield:
By email: lane@wpea.org
By fax:  360-357-7627
By mail:  140 Percival Street NW, Olympia, WA 98502

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