The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is currently seeking applications for the positions of H.E.A.T. Assistant.
We have built a rank-and-file leadership structure called the Hotel Employees Action Team (H.E.A.T.) System. The purpose of the H.E.A.T. System is to increase the participation of the membership in the union and to greatly enhance the union's ability to mobilize our members for large-scale action, in order to organize non-union workers, to fight for higher wages and better benefits, and to increase the rights of hotel workers.
Areas of Responsibility
H.E.A.T. Assistants work under the direction of H.E.A.T. System Supervisors, and spend much of their time meeting and working with the union's members in the hotels where they work. This is the best way to learn about what our union does and the industry conditions affecting the workers we represent.
H.E.A.T. Assistants may be assigned on short- or long-term bases to special projects and areas of responsibility that include, but are not limited to:
The H.E.A.T. System consists of approximately 3000 Hotel Employee Action Teams into which our members have been organized. Each team is led by a member volunteer known as a H.E.A.T. Captain. The teams are organized into approximately 500 larger groups, called H.E.A.T. Networks, which are led by member volunteers known as Network Leaders.
This structure allows the Council's membership to communicate quickly and effectively with the union's leadership, and provides an excellent vehicle for mobilizing the membership for action and encouraging member participation in the union.
H.E.A.T. Assistants help with the recruitment, training and supervision of the Network Leaders and H.E.A.T. Captains, as well as the continued improvement of the effectiveness of the H.E.A.T. System.
The union contract lays out the standards of fairness that the hotel's management is required to follow. By constantly patrolling the hotels, listening and talking to workers, and reporting back to union leadership any grievances or possible contract violations, H.E.A.T. Assistants help the union fight for our members' rights on the job. They also assist with organizing the membership to participate in union actions to put pressure on management.
The union's power comes from the unity and militancy of our members. The union is based on this idea: "An injury to one is an injury to all." H.E.A.T. Assistants educate and inspire our members to stand up for themselves and each other by participating in actions in solidarity with fellow members and with the labor movement as a whole.
By far the most important progressive political force in the country, unions are the only viable way working people exercise significant power in the American political system. H.E.A.T. Assistants aid with organizing our members to register, to vote, and to become politically active in order to hold politicians accountable.
Our union has over 27,000 members. To mobilize them for strikes, rallies, picket lines, election campaigns and other activities, H.E.A.T. Assistants help to plan the logistical details and oversee their implementation.
The union needs creative people to craft the message it delivers to workers, employers, politicians and the general public. H.E.A.T. Assistants help with the production of a wide range of persuasive and informative material using print, web and video.
HEAT Assistants help the Strategic Research team to monitor the hotel industry, and support strategies to use corporate campaigns, political clout and other leverage to win contract fights against major corporations, and to increase the union's density (the percentage of unionization in the industry).
H.E.A.T. Assistants may also be assigned to work on internal and external organizing in Washington, DC.
The H.E.A.T. Assistant position is the starting point on a career track to the most interesting and important leadership positions within our union.
H.E.A.T. Assistants are expected to learn and grow professionally at an accelerated pace. If a H.E.A.T. Assistant is successful, he or she will likely be promoted to H.E.A.T. System Supervisor within a year. H.E.A.T. System Supervisors who distinguish themselves can move into other key positions such as Organizer, Business Agent (Field Representative), or Grievance Officer.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
• Ability to motivate and inspire others;
• Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds;
• Ability to multitask, work efficiently, and be well organized;
• Willingness to work long hours, often on short (or immediate) notice;
• Willingness to handle a wide range of constantly changing responsibilities;
• Thorough attention to details;
• Resourcefulness and talent for problem-solving;
• Ability to learn quickly and grow into positions of greater responsibility;
• Ability to handle physically and mentally demanding assignments;
• Persistence and determination;
• Loyalty to the organization;
• Good judgment;
• Cooperative attitude.
Extra consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following:
• Bachelor's degree;
• Bilingual (in addition to English), especially in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish or Bengali;
• Strong computer skills and the ability to quickly learn new computer programs;
• Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely;
• Experience developing and maintaining databases;
• Knowledge of FileMaker Pro;
• Graphic art and design skills;
• Web design and development experience;
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially Flash);
• Talent for photography and/or videography;
• Knowledge of Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects;
• Experience working in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, or other service industries.
Salary and Benefits
• Annual salary will be in the range of $37,000 to $40,000;
• Excellent benefits and retirement package.
How to apply:
In addition to a resume and references, applicants for this position should include a cover letter that explains clearly and concisely the reasons for their interest in the position at the New York Hotel Trades Council, and specifically address a number of the above-listed qualifications, both those they do and do not possess.
Send resume, references, and cover letter to: email@example.com
The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is an equal opportunity employer. All persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. People of color and women are strongly urged to apply.
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