MASH - Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization

Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization

Community-Political Organizers

Based in Milwaukee, WI

We are seeking passionate people interested in labor organizing to build a multi-sector, multi-racial workers movement with the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH).

MASH is an organization of service, hospitality and other low-wage workers building collective power to raise standards in our industries. MASH is a new form of worker organization combining the functions of labor union, hiring hall, worker center, and workforce agency. We launched to implement a landmark community benefits agreement for wage floors, union rights, and a hiring hall for service and hospitality jobs in the new Milwaukee arena district. Now we are working to win sectoral standards through a multi-employer, industry-wide initiative and comprehensive campaign.

MASH is hiring experienced Community-Political Organizers to move an ambitious, aggressive program to build power amongst workers and raise standards. MASH is hiring organizers on campaigns to win union recognition and build industry-/sector-wide organization and bargaining.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Agitating and leading people in struggle for themselves and others; organizing communities to take collective responsibility for transformation of the lives of people in their community; developing the capabilities of ordinary people to change the world
  • Moving community organizing and political strategies and programs as major components of a comprehensive campaign to build worker power and and strengthen employment standards
  • Community outreach; relationship- and committee-building with activists, leaders, and community organizations; conducting meetings and actions; and inspiring people to mobilize
  • Moving people to action and moving turf to build winning campaigns, through structure and organization that creates the power of strength in numbers
  • Connecting the struggle of the union with the needs and demands of peoples across communities
  • Participation with various organizational coalitions and representing the organizational vision and objectives with strong judgment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Experience in union, community or political organizing; extra consideration for experience with unions, community organizations or the political landscape in Milwaukee
  • Commitment to economic and racial justice; understanding of power; ability to articulate and win over people to a vision of winning economic, racial and economic justice together
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic computer literacy and ability to learn the organization's tools.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Ability to be coached and trained, to be held accountable, and to struggle through difficulty.
  • Willingness to conduct work site and home visits.
  • Resourcefulness, persistence, loyalty and integrity and strong skills in planning, time-management and problem-solving are a must
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver's license, proof of auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.

Salary ranges starting at $46,000/annual for community-political organizers but commensurate with experience and position; benefits include fully employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance; cell phone allowance; generous paid time off; and, 6% salary employer contribution to 401(k) account beginning after 6 months of employment. This is a full-time, salaried, overtime-exempt position. MASH provides a numerous opportunities to advance and take on interesting, meaningful work.

Application Requirements:
A résumé should be sent to: denise.lowe@mashworkers.org, with the subject line “C-P Organizer Application”; no cover letter is required but the email should briefly mention why you are interested in organizing with MASH to build the workers movement.

People of color, women, LGBTQ people, and working class and poor people strongly encouraged to apply.

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