Staff Attorney

Based in Los Angeles, CA

UNITE HERE Local 11 is a progressive, movement-based labor union working to improve labor standards in the hospitality sector. Based in Los Angeles, we represent over 30,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona. Local 11 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international labor union that represents 270,000 working people across North America. Reflecting the needs of our membership, our union is at the forefront of efforts to defend the rights of immigrants, people of color, and women in the workplace and in the political sphere.

We seek a Staff Attorney to join our legal team. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for developing and implementing creative legal strategies to help workers organize and win better working conditions and benefits.

Local 11's legal strategies are interwoven with and designed to support its broader efforts to organize and empower workers. The Staff Attorney will work with integrated teams of organizers, researchers, and communicators to advance the Union's campaigns for workplace justice. The Staff Attorney's primary job responsibilities will be to:

  • Investigate, develop and litigate cases to vindicate the rights of workers in non-union workplaces, both in court and before administrative agencies
  • Represent the Union in enforcing worker rights won through collective bargaining, including in mediations and arbitral hearings, and assisting in the collective bargaining process
  • Advise staff and leadership on campaign strategies and tactics, including the exercise of constitutional free speech rights
  • Develop and advocate for local and state laws to benefit workers in such areas as improving wages, ensuring race and gender pay equity, and preventing sexual harassment and assault.

UNITE HERE Local 11 anticipates hiring an attorney with 0 to 4 years of experience for this position.


  • J.D. and membership (or pending application) in State Bar of California
  • Excellent research, writing, analytic and speaking skills
  • Ability to prepare briefs and other written materials for administrative, court, and arbitral proceedings
  • Ability to present persuasive arguments in legislative, arbitral and court hearings
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage numerous ongoing cases and projects

  • A creative mindset, strong initiative, and the desire to advance innovative strategies to support worker organizing
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil, labor and human rights and racial justice


  • Spanish language fluency
  • Familiarity with the labor movement or workplace justice campaigns 

  • Experience working within immigrant communities 

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, a writing sample, and three references to cdu@unitehere11.org (no phone calls please) with the subject title “Staff Attorney Position” or mail to:

Legal Department
464 Lucas Avenue, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Open until filled.

Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long term disability insurance; pension and 401(k) plan; vacation and sick leave and paid holidays.

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