Minnesota AFL-CIO
Minnesota AFL-CIO

Regional Organizers

Based in St. Paul, MN
(Remote hybrid with travel required)


The Minnesota AFL-CIO is hiring six Regional Organizers across Minnesota, with organizers working in or around:

  • Minneapolis and the Western suburbs
  • St. Paul and the Eastern suburbs
  • Anoka County and the Northern suburbs
  • Duluth, the Iron Range, and Northern Minnesota
  • Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Central Minnesota
  • Mankato, Rochester, and Southern Minnesota

Overview of responsibilities:
The Regional Organizer will work with local union affiliates, area labor councils, regional labor federations, and the State Federation to ensure local union members are being mobilized, particularly within their workplaces. The Regional Organizer is responsible for working with national AFL-CIO staff, federation bodies, and affiliates to build a worksite organizing program that will allow local unions to execute year-round issue education and mobilization with their members. This position will be in a national cohort of organizers who will all be working towards a goal of building an organizing approach for legislative and electoral programs through 2024.

Description of duties:

  1. Identify and map the local unions that represent 70% of membership in the respective CLC jurisdictions (affiliate and non-affiliate).
  2. In collaboration with the State Federation and/or Regional AFL-CIO body, conduct one-on-one leadership meetings with local union leaders to discuss the year-round organizing approach and achieve their buy-in and support.
  3. Secure local union points of contact (Local Union Coordinators) for every local union within their geographic jurisdiction.
  4. Get agreement from local union leaders that they will communicate, educate, organize, and mobilize their union members utilizing their local union infrastructure.
  5. Work with each local union leader to identify and map all of the local’s worksites and stewards.
  6. Establish regular worksite mobilization program commitments with local unions.
  7. Work with the local union leader and the trainer assigned to the respective jurisdiction to schedule organizing conversation trainings for stewards.
  8. Work with designated trainers and local union leaders to identify training location(s).
  9. Provides regular updates on progress of the worksite organizing program, including detailed analytics and weekly and potentially daily numeric reports, as well as entering data into various databases.
  10. Research, develop and implement strategic industry specific plans to increase local union membership
  11. Help build awareness of the local union movement through community outreach such as leafleting or tabling at community events
  12. Work with the political committee to track local political issues and support the labor council in accountability actions
  13. Assist labor council in planning and implementing social events for solidarity building amongst affiliated unions and their members
  14. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies or Political Science helpful. (Should use ‘required’ or ‘not required’)
  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience in labor or community organizing.
  • Minimum 2-4 years of legislative or electoral campaign experience, including as a lead within the field as well as national campaign experience.
  • Familiarity with and experience working withfield campaigns of the national or local unions, including expertise in union organizing, issue, electoral and community/union mobilization.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop and implement organizing campaign plans.
  • Capable of working independently as well as part of a team in both a lead and a mentor role.
  • Demonstrated ability to make professional and persuasive presentations and to meaningfully engage a wide range of diverse audiences, including different labor groups and community allies.
  • Effective time management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to accept feedback and to provide feedback effectively and with sensitivity.
  • Proficient in use of various databases and other technology tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse range of co-workers, leaders and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive environments.
  • Ability to travel locally and frequently in performance of the duty of the job.
  • Must have own transportation and the ability to travel to a variety of local and state-wide locations
  • Ability to work long and extended hours.
  • A spirit of creativity and innovation in developing programs.
  • Must be a team player as well as able to take own initiative.

This salary and benefits of this position fall under a collective bargaining agreement. The salary range is $55,000-$68,385. Benefits include a car allowance, cell phone coverage, pension, employee and family healthcare, and generous sick and vacation accrual.

These positions are remote and work from home with the expectation of regular (if not daily) travel within their jurisdiction and regular (2 to 3 times per month) travel to St. Paul.

When applying, please indicate which region you wish to apply for. Applicants should live in or near the region they are applying for or want to work in.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and résumé to President Bernie Burnham, c/o Pam Miles by email at pmiles@mnaflcio.org by Friday, March 31st.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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