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Maryland, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2023

AFSCME Maryland Council 3 represents over 45,000 workers who work in public service. AFSCME Maryland members keep our public universities and community colleges running, maintain our public libraries and museums, care for the elderly, provide social services to those in need, represent indigent clients in court, provide support in our schools and drive our school buses, and maintain our parks and roads.

We organize in the workplace and fight for dignity, respect, and a fair standard of living for all public service workers in MD.

There are tens of thousands of workers in Maryland who provide critical public services but do not have the same rights and ability to negotiate wages and working conditions as the public employees they work side by side with. In the past year, we have helped over one thousand workers win their union with AFSCME at the Office of the Public Defender, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Enoch Pratt Library. We are engaged in several active campaigns at libraries, community colleges and municipalities across Maryland.

AFSCME MD Council 3 is seeking applications for an Organizer to drive the union’s new organizing program.

The Job:

  • Identify, recruit, and develop worker-leaders through one-on-one communication (site visits, house calls, worker meetings).
  • Drive the recruitment, development, and maintenance of a worker leader committees.
  • Develop organizing campaign plans with the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to execute the plan, including implementation.
  • Develop campaign messages, write leaflets and other materials for campaigns.
  • Ability to plan and lead meetings and actions.
  • Follow-up on organizing leads and make effective recommendations on campaign viability.
  • Lead coalition-building efforts with other unions, student, and community allies to support local and statewide campaign goals.
  • Work with staff and volunteer member organizers to develop and drive the program.
  • Assure the accuracy of lists, records, databases, and wall charts related to campaign.
  • Articulate a positive vision of the campaign and the union.
  • Support Council-wide events: Mobilize members to participate in Council 3 or AFSCME International events and help other staff with large mobilizations and campaigns on their turf as needed.

What We are Looking For:

  • At least three years of successful external union organizing experience and ability to create and move a campaign plan.
  • Success in working with staff and volunteers on an external organizing campaign.
  • Ability to use social media and virtual platforms to support membership campaigns.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with co-workers and members.
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and gather information for negotiations, strategy development and other organizing activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours and weekends. Some travel required. A car and valid driver’s license are a requirement.

We offer a competitive salary and great benefits. We offer a salary range of $56,650 - $81,000 (commensurate with experience), car allowance, fully paid health benefits, 3 weeks paid vacation, 15 paid holidays, 12 sick days, pension, optional 401k, life insurance, and staff union. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to recruiting@afscmemd.org.