My friend Pamela Kieffer from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) asked me to pass this on. On top of the opening listed below she is also looking for GOTV campaign workers from the end of August to mid September.  Pamela’s email is

WAVE Program Union Organizer in Training


Starting Salary: $36,600 with benefits and additional $560/month car allowance

Summary: Are you ready to fight for what you believe in? Do you want to do something to make a difference? Are you looking to work in the social and economic justice movement? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above then union organizing is for you!

Job Description: For more than 75 years, SEIU has been helping working families stand up for their rights, fighting for dignity and respect in the workplace. With a membership of 2.2 million strong, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the labor movement. Our diverse staff of organizers helps janitors, home care aids, mental health workers, office workers, school bus drivers, public employees, nurses, and other hospital workers join forces to bring democracy to the workplace.

The SEIU–WAVE (Organizer-In-Training) Program is a training and placement program for people who want to make a difference as union organizers. As an Organizer-in-Training with the SEIU WAVEProgram you will be part of a dynamic union that is committed to giving a voice to thousands of workers and helping to provide lasting social change for the working class.

At SEIU ( , we are looking for energetic and passionate individuals who are ready to organize people to fight for better lives for themselves and their families. This is your opportunity to put your commitment to social and economic justice to work building power for working people by organizing the unorganized!


All applicants must attend a one-day screening and those who are recommended to move on in the process will go on to be trained on one of our many organizing campaigns. The training can be anywhere from 3-4 months anywhere in the United States where organizing campaigns are taking place. You will also go through an intensive training  before starting on campaigns under the guidance of experienced staff and mentors. Each WAVE will also meet regularly for additional training and mentoring.

Job Qualifications: Who should apply?

Union organizing is not easy. It takes courage and commitment to support our uphill struggle for a just society. A successful applicant for the organizer-in-training position should have the following:

  1 year or less demonstrated commitment to social justice and grassroots organizing

  Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills

  Possession of excellent listening skills and the ability to comprehend the concerns of others

  Ability to manage your time independently and carry out work plans with minimal supervision

  Willingness to travel and/or relocate for extended periods of time

  Ability to work long and irregular hours, including some nights, weekends, and holidays

  Ability to motivate and activate others

  Possession of sharp problem-solving skills

  Bilingual speaker a plus

  Possession of basic map navigation skills a plus

  Possession of a valid driver’s license required

It’s not just a job….It’s a movement!

We are proud of our diverse environment, EOE, M/F/D/V

Compensation: We offer the following benefits package:

  Competitive Salary

  Comprehensive health benefits package for employee and eligible dependents, including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage

  Pension Plan

  401 (k) available

  Generous leave policy

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter


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