job: union organizer, Michigan

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Tue Oct 25 09:48:22 CDT 2005

[ed:  this job post includes salary info.]


 The Graduate Employees´ Organization (AFT Local 3550), a  progressive
 1600-member union of graduate student instructors and staff  
 assistants at the
 University of Michigan, is seeking to hire a full-time Organizer/
 Mobilizer.  GEO was founded in 1974 and has continued fighting for  
 equity and
 access  in education through our most recent contract, signed in  
 April 2005.
 Candidates should have strong organizing and administrative skills,  
 working  with diverse populations, and demonstrated commitment to a
 participatory and  progressive labor movement.

 Brief Description of Responsibilities
 o    Work with one other staff person and members to mobilize   
 graduate students
 across campus
 o    Training and leadership development
 o    Coordinate Union events and recruitment activities
 o    Represent the Union to the administration and community
 o    Help develop platform and bargaining strategies
 o    Manage membership data and Union finances
 o    Maintain office infrastructure
 o    Respond to the needs of a volunteer-run organization

 For a more detailed description, see the GEO website at: http:// .

 The GEO prefers applicants who have:
 o    Organizing experience, especially related to unions, higher   
 and/or political action
 o    Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations
 o    Strong one-on-one organizing skills
 o    Ability to work with office management and informational systems
 o    Experience as a staff member in a volunteer-run organization
 o    Ability to manage time and coordinate multiple projects in   
 o    Basic computing knowledge including experience with Microsoft   
 Office and
 o    Ability both to work independently and to facilitate group   
 o    Experience in the labor movement

 The GEO is looking to hire an applicant to begin in January 2006.    
 are being accepted through November 8, 2005.  Candidates should be   
 in a 2-3 year commitment.  Salary is $42,900 and increases yearly   
 at the same
 rate negotiated in the GEO contract.  Healthcare and generous   
 benefits are

 Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of references (at   
 least three) to:
 Graduate Employees´ Organization
 527 E. Liberty Street, Suite 204
 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
 or e-mail geo.hiring at

 GEO is an equal-opportunity/affirmative action employer and is   
 dedicated to
 building a diverse environment.  Applications are strongly   
 encouraged from all
 people regardless of race, sex, national origin, age, parental or   
 status, disability, HIV antibody status, sexual orientation,   
 gender identity or
 gender expression.

 Please direct any questions to Mike Bader, mbader at or   

David S. Dobbie
Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Sociology
Graduate Employees' Organization, AFT Local 3550
University of Michigan
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