United Campus Workers - Communications Workers of America, Local 3865

United Campus Workers
Communications Workers of America, Local 3865

West TN Organizer

Based in Memphis, TN


United Campus Workers Background:
United Campus Workers (CWA Local 3865) is Tennessee’s higher education union. In 2000, a core of campus workers, students and community allies launched an organizing drive for living wages and decent working conditions on the UT Knoxville campus. Beginning with few resources outside of the workers’ initiative and student solidarity, we have continued building a wall-to-wall, non-majority union that includes full and part-time staff, faculty and graduate workers coming together to fight for economic and social justice on campus and across Tennessee. UCW is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO, CLC) and has a current membership of over 2,200 faculty, staff, and graduate workers at Tennessee’s universities and community colleges. Despite no union recognition, collective bargaining, payroll deduction, agency fee, or robust representation rights, UCW-CWA is punching far above our weight, increasing our membership while securing victories against well-heeled enemies. Our recent #TNisNotForSale campaign was successful in stopping Tennessee’s billionaire governor’s attempt to privatize thousands of higher education workers’ jobs. In Memphis, members are actively organizing to raise the minimum wage on campus to $15 an hour, fight for healthcare for graduate workers, and have a voice in university decision making.

UCW-CWA currently employs 2 full-time organizers, 1 part-time organizer, 6 organizing fellows, and a part-time bookkeeper. Our members continue to lead struggles for human rights, dignity, respect and power. We work to advance the interests of Tennessee higher education staff and faculty and promote solidarity and economic justice across workplaces and communities. Our staff organizers are responsible for recruiting and organizing new members, leadership development, and movement building with community and student allies. As a local affiliate of the international union, Communications Workers of America, we also support CWA organizing campaigns within the union’s other core industries. This position will also assist with these organizing drives where appropriate.

On-the-job training for this position is provided, with potential travel to campaigns at various points of development across the state and region.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and organize new members at college campuses in West Tennessee
  • Establish organizing committees and work with existing members to build membership, support leadership development, and expand capacity
  • Conduct worksite and home visits to recruit new members
  • Develop and implement campaign plans to address workplace issues
  • Participate in staff and membership meetings, statewide campaigns, and CWA campaigns

Requirements for this Job:

  • Requirements for this Job
  • Ability to recruit new members
  • Ability to take individual initiative with minimal supervision
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the labor movement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule, including nights and weekends
  • Driver’s license, reliable access to car, and ability to rent a car for out-of-area travel
  • Previous union or community organizing experience
  • Knowledge of basic office and computer technology (Zoom, Google Suite, MS Office, email, database programs, etc.)

Preferred Experience for this Job

  • Previous work history of supporting leadership development
  • Previous legislative/lobbying and/or policy advocacy experience
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with technology applications, website maintenance, basic design, etc.

Salary and Benefits:
UCW-CWA offers a starting salary of $47,500, health insurance, earned paid sick and vacation time, all planned and unplanned administrative closings recognized by the University of Memphis, and rental car and meal allowance paid for when traveling. This position has a six month probation period.

UCW is an equal opportunity employer. Union members, people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Any interested person should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 work (supervisor or coworker) references to fairness@ucw-cwa.org by January 15, 2023.

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