Organizer/Field Staff Representative
Reporting to the Regional Director, the Organizer/Field Staff Representative position has the overall
responsibility of building local union capacity and empowering current membership through internal and external organizing and planning and managing and executing representational programs with locals. This position also has the responsibility of carrying out the union’s vision for building strength and achieving growth by organizing new members. These groups may be spread throughout various facilities in a localized area or state or larger geographical area.
This position requires knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act, Public Employee Relations Act, State of
Michigan Civil Service Rules and Regulations, and other acts and regulations involving labor organizations
representing both public and private sector employees for purposes of negotiating labor contracts and enforcing contractual provisions, public acts, and court decisions for bargaining unit employees. This position consistently exercises discretion and independent judgment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists Local/Chapter officers, stewards, and other work site leaders in developing strategies for contract
negotiations, contract campaigns, anti-privatization fights and other programs. Handles bargaining unit servicing activities; plans and executes a program to expand the scope of representation. Representation functions include negotiating labor contracts, representing employees in grievance and disciplinary hearings, extensive writing, reading, and telephoning to correspond with the membership and employers, attending Local/Chapter Union, Management, and other meetings, and keeping extensive and accurate notes and files for each bargaining unit, or group of members represented.
Communicates the union’s vision for building strength and achieving growth to members and leaders and guides their activity on behalf of the union. Where the Union has achieved check-off, represents workers politically and through other means. In conjunction with regional management, actively promotes AFSCME’s organizing agenda with affiliates, building political support, and encouraging creation of strong organizing capacity at the Locals/Chapters. Communicates one-on-one with supporters, leaders and members and guides their activity on behalf of the union. Investigates and prepares PERA/MERC, NLRB, and FMCS filings. Works with
Locals/Chapters to develop and implement internal organizing programs.
Prepares costing out of collective bargaining unit contracts and the effects of changes to new and existing
Prepares grievances for arbitration. This includes complete review and research of grievance issues.
High school diploma or equivalent, and a minimum of three (3) years of relevant organizing/servicing
experience, or any combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills
and abilities: knowledge of servicing union members at a professional level; knowledge of labor unions and
labor relations; knowledge of labor board proceedings and hearings; knowledge of computers and applicable
software; ability to plan and coordinate work activities; ability to establish and maintain effective work
relationships with employees and members; ability to conduct research and gather information for
negotiations, arbitrations, strategy development and other servicing activities; ability to negotiate collective
bargaining agreements; ability to develop persuasive written and graphic documents; ability to do PERA,
NLRB, and FMCS filings; ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; ability to effectively plan
workers’ actions including strikes. Must at all times possess a valid driver’s license, suitable transportation,
and provide proof of insurance at mandated levels.
REPORTS TO: Regional Director
TO APPLY: Submit Cover letter and Resume to:
AFSCME Michigan 925
ATTN: Kimberly Floyd, Human Resources
1034 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, Michigan 48906