AFSCME Local 3299

AFSCME Local 3299

Grievance & Negotiations Coordinator – Outsourcing/Article 5

Based in Oakland, CA
(or possibly Sacramento, LA, Orange County, or San Diego)


AFSCME Local 3299 is a dynamic, progressive labor union representing 29,000 Patient Care and Service workers at the University of California. We are a member-driven union with rank-and-file leadership, dedicated to building a strong union to fight for our jobs, families, patients and students.

Job Title: Grievance & Negotiations Coordinator - Outsourcing/Article 5
Location: Oakland (or possibly Sacramento, LA, Orange County, or San Diego)
Job Classification: Full-time, permanent, non-union, exempt
Salary: $106,000 – $116,000 starting, plus full benefits

The Negotiations & Enforcement Department is currently seeking a Grievance & Negotiations Coordinator, reporting directly to the Staff Counsel. The Grievance & Negotiations Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the Local’s programs that enforce the general ban on contracting out found in Article 5 of AFSCME 3299’s two largest contracts.

This Coordinator position is responsible for supporting the enforcement of the groundbreaking new protections we have won against the outsourcing of our bargaining unit work. This includes the timely and expert handling of outsourcing/Article 5 notices, grievances, information requests, meetings, appeals, arbitrations, and settlement negotiations. The Coordinator will be part of our Enforcement Department, and will coordinate closely with Local 3299’s Field and Research Departments to enforce the general ban on contracting out/Article 5, and to insource contract workers and work. Responsibilities may include contract bargaining support when necessary.

The following is a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by the Grievance & Negotiations Coordinator - Outsourcing/Article 5:

Outsourcing/Article 5 Enforcement

  • Coordinates the Local’s work relating to outsourcing/Article 5 notices, grievances, information requests, meetings, appeals, arbitrations, insourcing/conversion efforts, and settlement negotiations.
  • Tracks and meets all contractual/Article 5 deadlines, including timely correspondence with the employer, counsel, and responsible staff.
  • Provides advice and support to Field Coordinators and Lead Organizers regarding notices, grievances, meetings, insourcing and conversion campaigns, and settlement negotiations.
  • Coordinates outsourcing/Article 5 information-gathering and analysis efforts with the Research Department.
  • Supports arbitration hearing preparation, including arbitrator selection, document preparation, witness prep, and coordination of logistics.
  • May represent the Local in arbitrations, as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of ULPs, regulatory complaints, or other legal actions.
  • Coordinates with administrative staff to support Article 5 enforcement efforts.
  • May coordinate enforcement of other contract articles that protect the integrity of Local 3299 bargaining units.
  • Provides regular, written updates on the grievances and enforcement issues to Staff, Counsel, Senior and Lead Teams, Executive Officers, and Board.


  • May provide bargaining support, including note-taking, logistics, union leave tracking (in conjunction with administrative staff), maintenance of records and other support work as needed to the Lead Negotiator for all the Local’s contract bargaining.
  • May serve as Second Chair, or Assistant Negotiator when assigned.
  • May serve as chief negotiator for smaller contracts, side agreements, local issue bargaining or conditional re-openers.
  • Assists in the development of the Local’s enforcement and bargaining program, consistent with the Local’s strategic plan.

Field/Political/Administrative Support:

  • Special projects to support field team, campaign actions, and political campaigns as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Skills include:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in union representation, including grievance handling, arbitration, and settlement negotiations.
  • Experience with contract negotiations, preferably in the public sector.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups, and well as with professional, technical, administrative, and service workers.
  • A demonstrated commitment to member leadership development and union democracy.
  • A demonstrated commitment to justice for working families, quality and affordable public higher education, and/or quality patient care.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Law degree a plus but not required.

Additional Requirements/Provisions:

  • Extended day and occasional overnight travel.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license, auto insurance with business coverage, and an automobile for business use.
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Cantonese/Mandarin, Hindi) preferred but not required.
  • Local 3299 has detailed COVID safety policies, and COVID vaccination is required.

AFSCME 3299’s members are a richly diverse group of workers reflecting all of California. We are an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourage people of color and women to apply.

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Elizabeth Hinckle at: jobs@afscme3299.org, with the subject line “Applying for Grievance and Negotiations Coordinator – Outsourcing/Article 5”.

No phone calls please.

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