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UCHealth Workers – Communications Workers of America Local 7799

UCHealth Workers
Communications Workers of America Local 7799


Field Organizer

Based in Denver, CO

 

Position Title: Field Organizer
Location: Denver Metro Area, Colorado
Start Date: June 2021

CWA Local 7799 Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek to promote diversity within our organization, and we encourage women, LGBTQ, people of color, and disabled individuals to apply.

CWA Local 7799, “Public Workers for the Public Good”, seeks a union field organizer with a passion for social justice to help organize a wall-to-wall union at the University of Colorado Hospital Authority, the employer of workers in the UCHealth system. UC Hospital Authority is a health care employer, a public authority, and a political subdivision of the State of Colorado.

An organizing committee of UCHealth workers came together over the summer of 2020, during the pandemic, to form a union to address persistent concerns of staffing, safety, compensation and lacking a voice at work. Workers launched UCHealth Workers United in December 2020 as part of the Communications Workers of America Local 7799 which has over one thousand members in the public sector in Colorado.

The full-time Field Organizer will be accountable to the local union Steering Committee and the rank-and-file membership. In this position, the field organizer will be responsible for organizing workers throughout UCHealth by developing leaders, organizing workers and making plans for membership recruitment and canvassing strategies. The organizer will work with the rank and file members to coordinate and support issue campaigns that improve material conditions for all and which build unity and solidarity amongst all workers at UCHealth.

On-the-job training for this position is provided, with the potential to collaborate with national campaigns, attend trainings and hopefully soon attend conferences relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit new members to the union in collaboration with union members and Membership Committee
  • Communicate with membership and potential members through email, phone calls, Slack, text messages, and digital platforms
  • Implement organizing strategy and help develop campaign plans
  • Support research and development of potential organizing projects
  • Manage access to all relevant documents and union communication to ensure that member information is kept private and secure
  • Support Steering Committee and leadership
  • Build coalitions and maintain relationships with local activist organizations
  • Plan, coordinate, and attend organizing events and direct actions
  • Plan, coordinate, and attend regular membership meetings with Steering Committee
  • Design and create flyers, posters, and other forms, in collaboration with Communications Committee
  • Coordinate canvassing campaigns with existing membership

To succeed in this role, we suggest applicants possess the following skills:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the labor movement
  • Written and verbal communication skills, such as:
    • Empathic listener
    • Persuasive Speaker/Strong Presentation Skills
    • Proven adaptability to differing cultural environments
    • Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently
  • Proficient with technology including but not limited to Slack, Word, Zoom, Excel, email, text messaging, OpaVote, Google Docs, Canva Pro, and ActionBuilder, or the ability and willingness to learn these platforms
  • Ability to work as team member, as well as take individual initiative with minimal supervision
  • Driver’s license and reliable access to car or public transportation
  • Previous union and/or community organizing experience
  • Skills in supporting leadership development
  • Some understanding of legislative or policy advocacy

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who possess the following skills:

  • Basic knowledge of labor laws and union organizing efforts in Colorado
  • Previous experience organizing workers in a healthcare or hospital setting.
  • Knowledge of hospital financial systems and governance or willingness to learn
  • Fluency in Spanish

Compensation:
This position has a starting salary of $45,000 – $50,000. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 3% matching contribution to 401k, 2 weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and reimbursement for phone and internet bills.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to lcesario@cwa-union.org by May 10, 2021.

Please email the same address with questions. We encourage anyone considering applying to reach out to us if they have any questions about the position. If you are uncertain of your qualifications, please reach out to us and we will be happy to clarify our expectations.

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