Job Opening: Construction Worker Organizers

Job Opening with CTUL:

Construction Worker Organizers

CTUL seeks to hire two organizers to organize with Construction Workers in the Twin Cities metro area. These positions require the ability to work independently and with a team. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to ruth@ctul.net. Applications will be accepted until 6:00pm Sunday September 29th, 2019.  

 

CTUL’s Mission

CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. We partner with other organizations and leaders to build a movement to win racial, gender and economic justice. We identify the root causes of injustice and work to shift the balance of power between those who have it and those who don’t to improve the lives of our communities 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. 

 

Position Description:

This is a full-time, salaried position organizing construction 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:

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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Construction Worker organizer (90% of work)
  • Find new 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
  • Identify potential leaders
  • Motivate and agitate workers to fight
  • Be persistent obtaining commitments from workers
  • Get workers to take action, take risks in confronting their boss
  • Develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage construction workers
  • Build CTUL’s membership and collect membership contributions
  • Meet and communicate 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
  • Report on organizing activities to your team and the organization
  • 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 & Benefits:

  • $40,000 yearly salary starting, with raise after the 1st year
  • Cost of living increase every calendar year
  • Low cost Medical and Dental Insurance
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • + more

Please send resume, cover letter, and references to Ruth Schultz at ruth@ctul.net

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply