Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association


Temporary Internal Labor Representative

For covering Oregon


Job Title: Temporary Internal Labor Representative
Department: Labor
Supervisor’s Title: Strategic Campaign Director and Director of Organizing
Exempt Status: Exempt
Assignment Location: Based Statewide

Hours and travel: This is a temporary position, ending in May 2022. ONA works with healthcare workers who work across the state in 24/7 facilities. By the nature of this work, there are times where travel, working nights, and overnight stays are required.

This position requires the employee to facilitate and maintain the development of strong and engaged bargaining units. The employee is part of the ONA labor department, which empowers healthcare workers to advocate for themselves, their patients, their families, and their communities.

ONA is a vision, mission, and values-based union and professional association for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and allied health workers. We use our power to advocate for nursing, quality health care, and healthy communities.

We are deeply committed to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in hiring practices. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGTBQ+, Immigrant people, and people of all genders are encouraged to apply.

We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Our employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leadership, membership, and bargaining-unit development
  • Develop broad, representative, inclusive, and diverse pool of worksite leaders following ONA’s criteria.
  • Train leaders to move worksite/issue campaigns, serve as advocates on worksite committees, and act as stewards.
  • Support leaders on worksite committees. Participate on worksite committees when necessary.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for each bargaining unit using ONA template. Keep strategic plans up-to-date.
  • Conduct annual assessments of bargaining units using ONA template.
  • Promote membership in the union, including developing internal organizing plans to accrete unrepresented employees in union, convert fair-share to membership, and ensure presence at new employee orientations.
  • Create and maintain lists assessing membership or to track campaigns.
  • Ensure bargaining unit elections are held in a timely fashion and in accordance to bargaining unit’s bylaws.
  • Identify bargaining unit leaders to fill statewide leadership positions on the ONA Board, Cabinets, and House of Delegates. Mentor those leaders when appropriate.

Communication and Interaction

  • Visit workers in their homes, worksites, or other locations.
  • Compose newsletters and other materials in a clear and persuasive fashion.
  • Timely inform Assistant Director of Labor and other supervisors and stakeholders of activities, developments, and progress of work or emergence of issues.
  • Promptly return phone calls or answer e-mails/texts, especially to members.
  • Work collaboratively with coworkers, including those in other departments, members, and coalition partners.
  • Develop and present trainings to members, staff, and others.
  • Use discretion when communicating when appropriate.


  • Ensure contract is reopened in a timely fashion.
  • Act as the lead negotiator, including draft contract proposals, identify and train negotiating team, conduct surveys, get necessary information from employer or other sources, interpret contract language, present proposals, negotiate, research best practices, write and distribute updates, develop and oversee contract action teams, issue organize, and develop and implement a contract campaign, including moving members to concerted action.
  • Ratify the contract following the bargaining unit’s bylaws and ONA policies.
  • Produce a final agreement that is ready for print.
  • Develop thorough knowledge of bargaining unit contracts, bargaining history, and the bylaws of assigned bargaining units and constituent associations.


  • Identify, train, and support stewards to handle investigatory meetings and grievances. Monitor stewards work to ensure duty of fair representation is met.
  • Represent nurses in investigatory meetings and grievances when no steward available or when otherwise appropriate/necessary.
  • Draft grievances and investigate the merits of a grievance.
  • Responsible for administering, monitoring and calendaring grievance processing for all assigned units
  • Provide recommendation on merits of grievances to stewards, leaders, Labor Cabinet, Director of Labor, Strategic Campaign Director, Director of Organizing and Legal Counsel.


  • Meet goals and deadlines.
  • Timely complete administrative tasks such as Expense or Beck Reports
  • Accept and apply feedback and constructive criticism from Director of Labor or other supervisor.
  • Learn about ONA labor department initiatives and priorities and ONA history, structure, and strategic plan.
  • Maintain confidentiality of ONA strategic initiatives and targets.
  • Perform related work as required.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Update membership lists, which may include input on, and operation of, computerized database systems.
  • Keep records organized, especially negotiation binders, grievance files, and lists
  • Send or deliver records to ONA’s headquarters in a timely fashion.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings ideally in-person or electronically when necessary. Attend Cabinet meetings when necessary.
  • Attend ONA House of Delegates and Bargaining Unit Leadership Conferences and other such functions.
  • Attend educational conferences to improve current knowledge or to develop new skill or knowledge.
  • Develop basic knowledge of ONA Bylaws.
  • Monitor the activities of ONA constituent associations and encourage bargaining unit leaders to get involved in their constituent associations.
  • Participate in local labor activities and support other unions in the community
  • Identify non-nurse employees interested in organizing and share contacts per ONA’s policies and procedures.
  • Back-up other labor representative when on leave or otherwise unavailable
  • Mentor new staff during their orientation.
  • Orient labor representative to bargaining unit(s) when there is a change in assignment
  • Participate in political activities, such as, canvassing and phone banking.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a union organizer, community or political organizer, or internal organizer/business agent required except as noted below. Applicants with healthcare experience encouraged to apply. ONA will develop a registered nurse with less than three years of experience if other relevant skills or experience are present.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant work experience.


  • Smart phone with data plan, which ONA will reimburse per collective bargaining agreement.
  • Insured and reliable automobile.
  • Personal laptop, which ONA will provide per policy.


  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Office Outlook, and membership databases or similar programs.
  • Ability to use text and other digital platforms.
  • Knowledge of basic labor and employment law, such as, NLRA, PECBA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, and Workers Compensation.
  • Knowledge of or commitment to learn about Nurse Practice Act, HIPAA, Oregon’s Staffing Law, and other healthcare related practices and culture.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Essential Duties

  • Drive day or night, often for long distances, and for prolonged periods of time.
  • Frequently travel, sometimes out-of-state. Travel by car will be necessary. Travel by plane will be likely.
  • Stay overnight in hotels or otherwise away from home.
  • Navigate without assistance within worksites.
  • Speak—one-on-one and with groups. Confident initiating conversations with strangers. Facilitate group discussions.
  • Ability to figure out solutions to complex problems.
  • Handle multiple priorities at once, with ability to appropriately triage and delegate.
  • Raise vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.
  • Gather and assess relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively.
  • Come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with prospective members.
  • Collaborate with other staff, work with a team.
  • Work irregular hours, sometimes for long durations.
  • Utilize smart phone, text, and respond to texts.
  • Input data on a computer.
  • Read a computer screen and written documents.
  • Transport for some distance 30 pounds.

This is a full time, exempt position. The salary is based on applicable years of experience applied to the wage scale outlined in the union staff ’s collective bargaining agreement.

ONA offers a starting annual salary range of $77,939.60 - $101,959.70 based on experience.

There is an exceptional benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, life insurance.

In accordance with the ADA, employee must perform the essential duties and responsibilities efficiently and accurately, with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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