SEIU Local 26

SEIU Local 26

External Organizer

Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, MN


SEIU local 26 is a dynamic local of over 8000 janitors, security officers, and airport workers in Minnesota, the people who clean and protect some of largest corporate headquarters in the world and who have a proud history of militant fights for social and economic justice.

  • Local 26 members were some of the first security officers in the country to go on strike and engaged in acts of strategic civil disobedience to win their contracts, to raise standards within their industry across 2000 suburban and downtown officers.
  • The 4000 janitors of the union, a multilingual bargaining unit made up of Latin American, East African, and American-born workers, created an alliance in 2009 with environmentalist allies to win some of the first Green Cleaning language in the country, and later struck in February 2020 to reduce climate change emissions in our industry.
  • Local 26 in the past 5 years has led fights for racial justice that resulted in organizing over 1000 workers at MSP airport (raising pay for the mostly east African workforce from $9 to $15 over that time) and created the first retail store cleaners master contract in the country (raising pay from $9 to $14.50 over that same period).

This External Organizer will be a part of a team of external organizers focused on organizing new members into the union. The position will coordinate and help to develop strategy and program for currently unorganized workers in select targeted industries, including enforcement of the existing legal rights and the fight for improved working conditions. Worksite organizing experience with low income, diverse workers, and computer skills, highly recommended. English proficiency is required, with exception to those who are conversational in Spanish, Somali or Amharic.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Building an extensive and comprehensive network of worksite leaders, member-activists; developing a member leadership program, working with potential members to identify, train and develop rank and file leaders;
  • Recruiting and mentoring of new leaders and activists; Engaging in one-on-one persuasion, assessment and motivation of workers at the worksite, in meetings, on the phone and on home visits as necessary.
  • Designing, preparing, and distributing meeting notices, flyers, newsletters, and other literature;
  • Maintaining organizing lists and databases;
  • Planning and coordinating meetings and public actions to win improved working conditions;
  • Mobilizing workers and ensuring turn-out for community, political and union events;
  • Working collaboratively with other union staff in other skill areas

Pay and Benefits:
This is a position beginning in first quarter 2022. Pay is on a scale commensurate with a union of low-wage members, starting at $44,000/year with generous Healthcare and other benefits included. A car and valid driver’s license or mastery of public transit are required.

Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota.

Local 26 is an equal opportunity employer and, given our diverse membership, we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color, and candidates from our own membership.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send résumés to bmendez@seiu26.org

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