New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU

New England Health Care Employees Union
District 1199 SEIU

Communications Director

Covering Connecticut


About Us:
District 1199 SEIU is a bold, democratic Union with a long activist tradition. In his remarks at 1199’s Salute to Freedom in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr stated “Local 1199 represents the authentic conscience of the labor movement.” Over the past 25 years, we have used strategic campaigns and direct action to form unions, win significant victories for employees, and demand improvements for sick, elderly, and needy patients in nursing homes, state direct care and mental health facilities, hospitals, and other health care centers. In recent years, we’ve won a $15/hour standard for thousands of low-wage workers through militant direct-action campaigns, fought racism on the job, campaigned for progressive policy in the state legislature, and engaged in the community around a variety of social justice issues.

The majority of our members and staff are women, people of color, and/or immigrants. A key guiding principle of our Union is to facilitate and stimulate the broadest possible rank and file participation in the formulation and execution of the program of the Union. Holding with these principles, 1199 organizers work to activate and develop a diverse body of leaders to use their collective power to demand respect and improve conditions in the workplace.

In these challenging times, when so much wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of so few, we believe it is more important than ever to unite health care workers and the working class as a whole together with the broader political and social justice movement to achieve respect and dignity, economic and racial equality on the job and in our communities.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop internal and external communications program
  • Create, develop, maintain and update Union’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • Write, design and produce printed and electronic communications, including newsletters, leaflets, stickers, brochures, text and email messages
  • Develop pro-active and comprehensive communications calendars
  • Make, develop and maintain media contacts
  • Design and stage media events; new conferences, rallies, etc.
  • Train Union members and other staff in public speaking and media communications
  • Write news advisories and releases, write and place letters to the editor and op-eds, pitch story ideas to media
  • Respond to media inquiries and information requests or direct as appropriate
  • Organize and maintain library of news clippings, radio coverage and television footage
  • Supervise and direct the work of additional communications staff

Skills & Abilities:

  • Union, political and/or community/non-profit organizational experience
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to issues of social justice
  • Ability to work independently and balance multiple tasks simultaneously


  • Experience in media relations, journalism, public affairs, politics, labor and/or community organizing
  • Experience in desktop publishing and graphic design
  • Strong familiarity with all aspects of New Media, including web design, Facebook and Twitter
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following software platforms is a plus: Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Revolution Messaging, Every Action/VAN, Call Fire

Salary & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary depends on experience. This job includes a generous benefits package including pension and health insurance

To Apply:
Send cover letter, résumé, writing and/or design samples and press clippings to:

Bill Meyerson
77 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford CT 06106
Email: bmeyerson@seiu1199ne.org
Fax: 860-251-6049

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