Union Representative/Organizer
SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West - Oakland, CA

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Do you want to fix California's broken healthcare system?

Do you want to play a meaningful role in an innovative, community-oriented union?

Do you like tackling big challenges and projects?

Are you looking for a dynamic team environment where you have opportunities to grow and develop your leadership skills?

Are you committed to helping others unlock and develop their own potential to lead and improve the world around them?

Yes? Great, we'd love for you to check out SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW).

SEIU-UHW is a powerful, cutting-edge union of healthcare workers leading for better health, quality care, and good jobs. With more than 150,000 members working in nearly every part of the healthcare industry, we are the pre-eminent front-line voice on healthcare in California. SEIU-UHW members have a bold strategy to improve healthcare workers' standard of living and make California the healthiest state in the nation, but we can only make it happen with you. We are seeking great organizers to build, support and develop teams of SEIU-UHW member leaders who:
  • Enroll uninsured Californians into health coverage;
  • Fight to improve California's drastically underfunded Medi-Cal system and create an affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare system for all;
  • Educate their co-workers about the issues facing working people and our healthcare system and recruit them to take action;
  • Educate policymakers about health and healthcare issues, mobilize voters, and raise money for political action to transform healthcare and strengthen healthcare jobs;
  • Mobilize their co-workers behind contracts that provide a rising standard of living for healthcare workers while embracing change, quality and the shared mission of healthcare employers;
  • Provide high quality, on-the-job representation to their co-workers based in the power and expertise of healthcare workers representing other healthcare workers;
  • Work to create a healthy workforce through collective incentives to take health screenings and reduce the causes of chronic conditions;
  • Reach out to non-unionized healthcare workers to bring them into our movement.
Successful candidates have a deep commitment to social justice, cultural diversity and an unwavering enthusiasm for bold social change work. Candidates must be able to inspire, challenge and develop workers into leaders, to lead teams and effectively communicate with others. Personal initiative, independent judgment, accountability, planning and organizational skills, and a willingness to embrace new technologies are required. Bilingual skills are preferred.

Working to transform California's healthcare system often means long and irregular hours, from meeting with hospital workers on the night-shift to helping to enroll community members into healthcare on the weekend. Valid driver license and insurance are required. Please note: This is not a traditional business agent position focused on servicing members.

SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary based on experience, generous benefits including fully paid family healthcare and a defined benefit pension and a work environment that values team building, diversity and a culture of feedback and development.

SEIU-UHW is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, religion, or disability.

So, are you ready? If yes, bring you passion and expertise our way and apply now!

Please submit cover letter and résumé with at least three references to recruiter@seiu-uhw.org ; reference "Organizer to transform CA healthcare" in the subject line.

About SEIU-UHW:

We are 150,000 healthcare workers who work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and in the community as home care providers. Our members are frontline caregivers, including respiratory care practitioners, dietary aides, environmental services and nursing staff.

Our mission is to provide quality care for all patients, expand access to excellent, affordable healthcare for all Californians and raise living standards for all workers.

We are led by the largest, most diverse and dynamic leadership body in the labor movement: An Executive Board of more than 300 rank-and-file members.

Through a breakthrough strategic relationship with the hospital industry, we are creating the state's largest political action fund to work together to improve quality, access and affordability in healthcare.

We enrolled more than 12,000 uninsured Californians into health coverage under the first round of Obamacare and are launching an even more ambitious project for the next open enrollment period.

We dedicate a large portion of our resources to growing our movement of healthcare workers through organizing the unorganized.