Job Opening: Construction Worker Organizer

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Job Opening: Construction Worker Organizer

CTUL seeks to hire an organizer to develop the leadership of Construction workers in the Twin Cities metro area. This position will require the ability to work very independently. Please submit resume and cover letter by April 6th.

CTUL’s Mission

CTUL organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another to build power and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. CTUL is an organization of workers and for workers, committed to securing fair working conditions for present and future generations.

Program Description

This program focuses on leadership development to build power with non-union construction workers across the Twin Cities to end wage theft in the industry and create structures in which workers can have a voice on the job. To accomplish this, there is an intensive focus on base building and leadership development. This position will primarily focus on building a base of workers and mini-campaigns with workers who experience wage theft.

Position Description:

This is a full-time, salaried position developing the leadership of workers. This work will be carried out in the community and at workers’ homes and workplaces to organize workers to join a movement fighting for fair wages and working conditions for themselves and others. This includes meeting new workers, identifying potential leaders, and developing leadership to build power in their workplace and in their communities. It also includes supporting workers who are experiencing wage theft at work to communicate with employers to win back stolen wages and highlight their victories.

General Requirements:

  • Previous experience working in construction highly desired
  • Have a passion for organizing workers
  • Always do the work with the goal of advancing CTUL’s mission
  • Be able to push workers outside of their comfort zone
  • Take initiative to develop your own leadership to complete your goals and expectations
  • Have a car
  • Have a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, nights and weekends
  • Bilingual helpful. Spanish required
  • Previous organizing experience is helpful but NOT necessary if you are motivated and willing to learn

Responsibilities:

Construction Worker organizer (90% of work)

  • Look for workers at work and at their homes
  • Set up 1-1 meetings with workers identified at work, and through other contacts
  • Listen and understand the interests of each worker in your area
  • Motivate and agitate workers to fight
  • Be persistent obtaining commitments from workers
  • Identify potential leaders
  • Develop leadership
  • Get workers to take action including work stoppages/strikes
  • Develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage construction workers
  • Build CTUL’s membership and collect membership contributions
  • Meet regularly with team to evaluate and improve work
  • Participate in creating new strategic ideas on how to engage workers
  • Participate in and lead direct action

CTUL general support (10% of time)

  • Perform tasks as part of the team that develop leadership with all workers in CTUL’s base
  • Support other organizers when necessary for organizational goals
  • Be part of raising money to support the organization

Salary & Benefit

  • $38,600 yearly salary starting, with increase after the 1st year
  • Low cost Medical and Dental Insurance
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • + more

Please send resume and cover letter to Merle Payne at merle@ctul.net

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply