SEIU Wisconsin: Healthcare and Service Workers Stronger Together

SEIU Wisconsin
Healthcare and Service Workers Stronger Together

Internal Organizer

Based out of Madison, WI
(with frequent travel to La Crosse and other sites)


About SEIU Wisconsin:
SEIU Wisconsin is Wisconsin's largest and fastest-growing healthcare and property services workers union. We represent over 7,000 workers across the state. In these tough economic times, there has been no stronger advocate - for safe jobs with good wages and benefits for workers in Wisconsin.

SEIU Wisconsin is seeking an Internal Organizer based in Madison. The position primarily serves our western Wisconsin membership and will require frequent travel to La Crosse and other Wisconsin sites as needed. The position works with the leadership of the Union in assisting with internal organizational efforts, political/electoral activities, contract negotiations, and contract administration. This position works with the member leaders of the bargaining units. A successful internal organizer will identify, recruit and train more leaders in order to build power. This position contributes to a culture focused on achieving long-term power for workers and communities in Wisconsin.


  • Organize shop-level membership to achieve long-term power
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with management counterparts
  • Coordinate contract enforcement from internal organizing through grievance arbitration for assigned units.
  • Assist and support contract negotiations.
  • Work collaboratively with the leadership team to develop and execute an internal organizing strategy.
  • Contribute to a healthy workplace culture focused on building power for SEIU Wisconsin members.
  • Develop worksite-based communication and representational structures.
  • Assist worksite leaders and Union activists at assigned units to develop skills including group processes, grievance handling, bargaining, and political activity.
  • Participate in new organizing efforts of workers to help grow the union.
  • Participate in political action activities and, as necessary, lobbying.
  • Serve as staff support on assigned Local committees.
  • Complete regular reports such as timesheets, expense reports, and other documentation requested by the Executive Director and/or their designee.
  • Stay current on issues of importance in the healthcare profession, property services profession, and labor relations as well. Participate in SEIU (includes International, Local and State Council) activities as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Field Director or their designee.


  • Commitment to membership empowerment.
  • Creative and innovative ideas on problem-solving, willingness to attempt new approaches to internal organizing, bargaining, and grievance handling.
  • Good, effective communication skills: oral and written.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex union contract language.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage numerous complex tasks in a short period of time.
  • Ability to gain the respect of and motivate a professional, well-educated membership.
  • Computer proficiency, ability to learn contract costing.
  • Community organizing, coalition building, labor union experience.
  • Ability to function and work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and nights as needed and assigned.
  • Ability to drive a car, travel long distances, and overnights.
  • Maintain vehicle liability insurance.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in organizing, bargaining, representation, and/or arbitration.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the organizing model of servicing.
  • Knowledge and/or experience servicing large (500+) bargaining units.
  • Knowledge and/or experience bargaining and/or organizing when opposed by union busters preferred.
  • Health care background or experience.
  • Relevant professional and/or educational degrees.
  • Bilingual (English – Spanish)

This position is based in the Madison office and focused on SEIU WI’s membership in Western Wisconsin, with the largest unit being Gundersen Hospital. Frequent travel to La Crosse and other sites will be required. There is currently an SEIU WI office in La Crosse that can be utilized. Assignments are subject to change based on the needs and goals of the union.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Starting salary of $50,000 with potential for higher compensation based on experience and qualifications.
  • Company-paid benefits include health, dental, vision insurance, pension plan, paid time off, and paid holidays.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to:

SEIU Wisconsin
Email: info@seiuwi.org
33 Nob Hill Road
Madison, WI 53705
Fax 608-270-2025

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