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United Domestic Workers of America
(AFSCME Local 3930)


Lead Union Representative

Based in Modesto, CA


Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Director & Assistant Director of Internal Operations, as well as the Regional Manager, the Lead Union Representative will grow the member driven union by building local and state power for workers.

UDWA Overview:
UDWA Home Care Providers Union/AFSCME Local 3930 is a statewide labor union that represents more than 100,000 home care providers in 11 counties in California. Founded in 1979, UDWA is a diverse, progressive labor organization that seeks dynamic, committed individuals who will support our members and those for whom they care locally, statewide and at the national level.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Union Representatives within assigned area(s).
  • Develop Union Representative skills of staff and member volunteers.
  • Maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Lead the coordination of worker mobilization around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers.
  • Lead and train staff, TEO’s and member volunteers in soliciting memberships through orientations, AIMS, membership meetings, new member house visits and special events.
  • Lead coordination and turnout of IHSS Orientations and regional IHSS growth plans.
  • Provide guidance and ensure staff’s compliance with UDW policies and procedures.
  • Oversee management and training of the Temporary Employee Organizer program.
  • Identify opportunities to lead and train staff and volunteers in developing social justice, civic and community power through local political, human rights and health & welfare councils.
  • Coordinate participation of and work collaboratively with Regional Manager to identify political activities that hold elected officials accountable to working families.
  • Build external relationships with the community, county officials and workers to drive campaigns, develop the union and increase public awareness.
  • Identify, mentor and develop member leaders through the leadership academy, councils and bargaining institute; coach staff in advancing leadership development skills.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members, identifying their abilities and potential contributions to the union.
  • Work collaboratively with Regional Manager to create, implement and supervise procedures that safeguard management and maintenance of membership data to track and develop member activists, leaders and member participation.
  • Work collaboratively with Regional Manager and staff to implement effective communication systems to reach members and providers.
  • Guide staff in identifying and developing appropriate print and digital communications including leaflets, flyers, photos and social media posts.
  • Provide vital member provider assistance.
  • Maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive union or comparable union representative/organizing experience
  • Knowledge of labor rights, contract language, PA grievance, political, budget & lobbying plans
  • Ability to research, interpret and summarize local, state and federal laws, policies and procedures affecting home care workers
  • Effectively prioritize and multi-task assignments and responsibilities
  • Ability to identify, develop and execute plans while directing personnel and volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills with proven presentation and speaking abilities
  • Ability to implement plans and procedures across teams while monitoring effectiveness
  • Knowledge of customer service skills including needs assessments, organizational processes and quality standards
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and office procedures
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Social orientation preference and effectiveness in working with and connecting with others
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, VAN, Organizer & Enterprise
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends
  • Willingness to travel
  • Bilingual skills strongly preferred, particularly in the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian and Assyrian
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use
  • Ability to comply with UDWA’s driver policy

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, climb stairs and walk for extended periods of time. The employee must have visual perception, the ability to hear and speak. The employee is frequently required to utilize arms, hands and fingers. The employee must be able to withstand extreme heat, moderate noise and ability to work outdoors. Employee should be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Employee must be able to perform duties and responsibilities in an office environment, private homes, community spaces and public outdoor spaces.

To Apply for This Position:
Mail, email or fax a detailed résumé, cover letter, a one-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

Email: jobs@udwa.org
In subject: Title of Position (applying for)

Mail: UDWA/AFSCME Local 3930
 c/o Human Resources
 4855 Seminole Drive
 San Diego, CA 92115

Fax: (619) 640-9903
Attn: Human Resources

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