SEIU Local 26

SEIU Local 26

Political Director

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 Political Director will be a part of a team focused on maximizing our members voice and impact in politics, policy and government. The position will coordinate and help to develop strategy and implement our program for pro-worker endorsements, elections, policies, regulations, and the community and coalitional relationships required to win. Organizing experience with low income, diverse workers, and computer skills, highly recommended. Bilingual language skills are a plus, as a significant part of this membership speaks Spanish or Somali.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Building an extensive and comprehensive network of worksite leaders, member-activists; developing a member leadership program for engagement in elections and policy fights, working with potential members to identify, train and develop rank and file leaders;
  • Developing relationships with elected officials and other government agencies to effectively advocate for worker interests at the municipal, county, state and national levels,
  • Develop strategic campaigns and policies to leverage government for pro-worker initiatives.
  • Develop relationships and build coalitions with community partners in the furtherance of these goals
  • Designing, preparing, and distributing communications materials like social media posts, meeting notices, flyers, newsletters, and other literature related to these campaigns.
  • Maintaining lists and databases to coordinate this work.
  • Working collaboratively with other union staff in other skill areas to make sure our political and policy work is deeply integrated in to the life of the local.

Pay and Benefits:
This is a position beginning in first quarter 2023. Pay is between $60,000 and $75,000 depending on experience, on a scale commensurate with a union of low-wage members. This position has generous benefits including fully employer paid family Healthcare and a pension. A car and valid driver’s license 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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