SEIU Local 284

SEIU Local 284

Contract Organizer

Based in the St. Cloud, MN region


The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284 union for school employees and higher education workers in Minnesota, we represent approximately 10,000 workers. SEIU unites over 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico to improve their lives and the services they provide.

Indigenous, queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual) transgender, gender nonconforming, people of color and women are highly encouraged to apply!

To Apply:
Interested persons should send a résumé and letter of interest to: SEIU Local 284, 450 Southview Blvd., South St. Paul, MN 55075. Attn: Nadine Wikstrom or via email to: nadinew@local284.com

Job Title: Full-time Regional Contract Organizer (Salaried Position)
Date: Immediate Opening
Application Deadline: Until filled
Starting Rate: $65,377.86 – $68,665.84 annually (Related Experience Preferred)    
Location: St Cloud, MN region

JOB SUMMARY: The two primary responsibilities of this position are:

  1. Develop Leaders: Work with groups of members to identify leaders and potential leaders and to work with these members to train and develop them on their individual leadership path. Organize worksite leadership to better enable members to negotiate contracts, make an impact in relevant political areas, and organize unorganized workers.
  2. Negotiations: To conduct the negotiation process from proposal through ratification and when appropriate strike preparation. Related duties include assisting members in enforcing contracts through direct action, the grievance procedure/arbitration and Unfair Labor Practice actions, acting as chief spokesperson in bargaining.

You will be responsible for:

  • Signing up new hires to be members and train leaders on how to tackle signing up new hires.
  • Identifying, recruiting, training, and developing stewards and leaders.
  • Conduct bargaining surveys, salary surveys, and other research activities to strengthen the negotiating position of assigned bargaining units. Prepares proposals and negotiates contracts and organizes around a contract issue and/or strike as needed.
  • Developing and implementing plans for worksite campaigns for specific issues including public budget issues, contract negotiations, safety, etc.
  • Explains contract terms, concepts, benefits and obligations to members and potential members.
  • Develop an internal organizing plan for bargaining units. Obtains and creates worksite charts.
  • Creating or assisting members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets, proposals, newsletters, etc.
  • Monitoring stewards in their representational duties, including grievances and disciplinary appeals. Follow through where necessary.
  • Engages members in participation in union events, political and lobbying activities. Help members hold elected officials accountable.
  • Work with community and other groups to advance contract and community campaigns.

What you will need to do the job:

  • Ability to establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social, and economic groups.
  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Some knowledge of labor rights and contract language and ability to learn these quickly.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and orally; ability to mobilize membership.
  • Ability to maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • These skills will normally have been developed by working as a full-time union staff member in organizing or representational assignments.
  • Proficiency with computer and applications including, but is not limited to: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, E-mail and Internet.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Two or more years related public sector labor union experience preferred. Prior school district work experience and SEIU local union activism is helpful.
  • SEIU Local 284 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Driver’s License and vehicle required.

This description describes the general nature and work expected of an individual assigned to this position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

The Local does not pay travel or relocation expenses.

SEIU Local 284 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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