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SEIU Healthcare is a union of more than 60,000 members who are frontline healthcare workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and homecare agencies in communities throughout Ontario.  We advocate with our members by launching progressive member driven programs, adapting best practices, and encouraging new and innovative ideas. We strive to create a society where workers are valued and rewarded for their work. As a result, thriving workers have a greater opportunity to participate and lead in building healthy communities. We provide a strong voice through collective bargaining, labour relations, and political action to ensure frontline workers are heard and respected when decisions about healthcare are being made.

If you have a desire to amplify the voice of workers and you are passionate about labour and social justice, share our values, and want to work toward changing the lives of workers, then a career with SEIU Healthcare is for you! For more information, visit www.seiuhealthcare.ca.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Union Organizer is responsible for recruiting, organizing, and empowering non-union workers and current SEIU membership within the jurisdictions of SEIU Healthcare as well as the broader International Union and its Locals. Organizers are part of the Member Service Team with responsibility to develop internal organizing strategies and advance the strategic plan of the organization to build a strong union through an engaged and active membership.

They are responsible for developing and executing multiple organizing campaign strategies which endeavor to identify and develop workplace leaders who can successfully form and certify a union in their workplace and build strong unit cohesion. In addition to developing and executing their own campaign strategies. Organizers participate in a variety of campaign setting as assigned, both internally and externally. In the role you will be assigned to lead in one or more of the following areas of responsibility: Internal Organizing; External Organizing and/or Strategic Campaigns; Political Organizing; Community Organizing

The position holder will report to the Director of Organizing. This position is a full-time, 18-month contract position and is based at our Head Office in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Number of positions available: 1 Contract Position

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·       Participate in all aspects of organizing including conducting house calls, phone calls, leafleting, securing list work, mapping and charting campaign information, working with inside committees as well as building and managing lists.

·       Develops and executes internal and external organizing strategies for their assignment that advances the strategic plan of the organization to build a strong union through an active and engaged membership;

·       Works to continually recruit and mentor workers and member leaders to foster consistent worksite communication and member leaderships structures;

·       Leads workers and members in the development and implementation of workplace actions to solve issues, win collective bargaining agreements, and build a strong union at each worksite;

·       Supports other departments and programs in the organization to ensure member participation in union campaigns and initiatives;

·       Provides support to members, resolves issues, and refers them to appropriate internal or external support structures where required;

·        Builds and maintains productive employer relationships within their assignment wherever possible;

·       Conduct individual/group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns.

·       Build strong functional relationships with workers based on their specific job and the challenges they face and act as a resource for explaining the organizing process, their rights and support workers in forming their union.

·       Develop and execute get out the vote (GOTV) organizing campaign strategies as assigned.

·       Maintain a thorough understanding of provincial labour laws as they affect union organizing.

·       Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action.

·       Other related duties as assigned.

 

EDUCATION:

 

At SEIU Healthcare, we understand that the best people do not always have the same access and opportunities to education, and while post-secondary education is always preferred, we want to make sure nothing stands in the way of finding the right person.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

·       A minimum of 3 years’ experience participating in successful organizing campaigns as a community, field, or labor organizer

·       Experience with political campaign with an emphasis on issue mobilization in the field.

·       Experience with community/culture-based organizing

·       Experience working with a labor union, progressive non-profit, community organization, advocacy group or political campaign.

·       Experience as a SEIU Healthcare member is highly desirable.

 

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

·       Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

·       Working knowledge of the sections of the Ontario Labour Relations Act related to establishment of bargaining rights by certification, termination of bargaining rights, unfair labour practices and all related processes established by the Ontario Labour Relations Board on their Rules of Procedure.

·       Awareness and an understanding of the political landscape of the jurisdiction of SEIU Healthcare and the correlation between politics and SEIU members interest.

·       Leadership and teaching skills as well as an understanding of how to apply them to effectively identify individuals with leadership potential and develop them as effective contributors to campaigns.

·       Strategic and critical thinking skills and an understanding of how to apply these skills to the campaign environment.

·       Ability to cultivate strong relationships with individuals and work well in a team

·       Working knowledge of Microsoft word, outlook and excel.

·       Ability to create and follow through on a work plan.

·       Ability to navigate, adapt and resolve conflict situations

·       Ability to work independently and manage time effectively

·       Working knowledge of the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act.

 

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED

·       This position requires the successful candidate to have a valid driver’s license. The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver’s license upon being hired.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORKING CONDITIONS / ENVIRONMENT

·       Work long hours, evenings, and weekends. Work hours will vary to meet the needs of the operation.

·       Must be open and available to conduct house visits, door knocking and site visits with current and potential members.

·     Frequent use of telephone.

·     Driving, travelling by air, across borders, and attending off-site meetings

·     Must be able to lift and transport boxes of various materials to various meetings

·     Motor vehicle travel for long distances and on a frequent basis.

·     Travel by air and across borders.

·     Exposure to medical, healthcare and office facilities.

 

Written applications that detail your qualifications and experience should be submitted via our career portal

Salary and other terms and conditions are in accordance with the field staff collective agreement. Please note that the Employer reserves the right to transfer or assign staff anywhere within the SEIU Local 1 Canada jurisdiction.

 

WHY SEIU HEALTHCARE?

At SEIU Healthcare, you will find a dynamic and inclusive environment where employees are valued and rewarded for their work. Here are a few things that set us apart:

·       Inclusive workplace culture

·       Excellent health, dental and insurance benefits to meet the diverse needs of our employees

·       Generous vacation and sick leave benefits, inclusive supplemental unemployment benefits

·       Fully sponsored employer pension plan

·       Investment in employee growth — personal and professional development options

·       Working towards a common goal by making a real difference in the lives of people

 

SEIU Healthcare thanks all applicants for their interest. We are committed to diversity in our workplace and encourage applications from all visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities among other self-identified diverse groups. We also provide accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources. Please note that only individuals who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

To apply for this job please visit seiuhealthcare.ca.