General statement of duties
Works under the supervision of the organizing director (or his/her designee) who reviews work for effectiveness, timeliness, scope, and accuracy in accordance with the needs of the campaign.
Examples of duties:
Salary & Benefits:
This is a union bargaining unit position. SEIU Local 509 offers competitive salaries (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package – including car allowance.
SEIU Local 509 is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity — women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a résumé, cover letter to email@example.com
The deadline for application is October 12, 2018. No phone calls please.
Job Opening: Grievance Representative
SEIU Local 509 represents more than 18,000 human service workers and educators throughout Massachusetts. We provide a variety of social services to elders, at-risk children and people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities — as well as educational services in both public and private sector settings. From mental health clinicians and social workers to early childhood educators and university lecturers, Local 509 members are united in our mission to raise living standards for working families while improving the quality and affordability of the services we provide.
SEIU Local 509 is part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest and fastest-growing labor unions in the United States.
Local 509 has created a team of staff (Member Action Resource Center, MARC) dedicated to supporting stewards, officers and members in the processing and tracking of grievances, and in training and developing stewards. Local 509 is seeking to hire a MARC Organizer to staff the MARC. This is a full-time, permanent, salaried position; The successful candidate will be experienced in processing grievances, adhering to prescribed time lines of each collective bargaining agreement while being comfortable in training union members around the processes of handling grievances. S/he should also possess the skills to remain highly organized in their daily work activities. Work will primarily take place in the Local 509 headquarters, currently located in Marlborough, MA with occasional travel throughout the state in order to attend grievance meetings and conduct training sessions.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
MARC Organizers are a team of staff specializing in enforcing collective bargaining agreements through grievance procedures, supporting member leaders, by promptly responding to members’ questions. MARC Organizers: Advise members of their rights under the contract and the law; work with member leaders to enforce their collective bargaining agreement and labor and employment laws; maintain communication with relevant Internal Organizers. Work is done primarily but not exclusively by phone.
1) Respond to members’ inquiries by advising them of their rights and answering questions about their benefits.
2) Train and support stewards and member leaders on grievances and unfair labor practices.
3) Advise and assist members and member leaders with assessing workplace issues and deciding whether or not to file a grievance or other union action.
4) Advising and assisting member leaders with representing members at Investigatory Meetings.
5) Advising and Assisting member leaders with preparing, filing and arguing grievances
6) Advising and Assisting member leaders with filing and preparing ULPs/Prohibited Practices
7) If necessary represent members at Investigatory meetings, prepare, file and argue grievances, ULPs/Prohibited Practices, etc. without member leaders.
8) Work with Legal staff and member leaders on ULPs/Prohibited Practices, Arbitrations and any other approved litigation
9) Maintain files on conversations and cases by using the MARC database
10)Maintain regular communication with Internal Organizers to make sure workplace issues are appropriately addressed and Organizer is aware of relevant grievances and other actions
11)Recruit bargaining unit members to join the union, sign-up for COPE, attend events and inform members of relevant union plans and activities by phone as needed
MARC Organizers work under the MARC Director – who directs and supervises the team’s progress on enforcing all collective bargaining agreements, while reviewing cases on their merits. Also helps to drive the goals of Local 509 on developing a stronger leader and steward structure through the education of members.
SALARY & BENEFITS
SEIU Local 509 offers competitive salaries (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package – including car allowance.
SEIU Local 509 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity – women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who are Bilingual/Bicultural with English/Spanish are highly desirable. Interested candidates should submit an résumé and cover letter to:
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 5, 2018
More than 100 direct care support workers at human service agency Triangle, Inc. are organizing to form a union with SEIU Local 509, calling for better pay, lower turnover, and a voice and respect at work. Today, workers and Local 509 announced they have filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board, with ballots scheduled to be mailed to workers tomorrow.
Congratulations MassHealth chapter on having the most up-to-date trainees with our union regarding the Janus Supreme Court case!
Right now, The MassHealth chapter leadership is negotiating with management to implement a phone-free and part-time work week schedule for our members.
Also, MassHealth leaders will be holding member meetings at all offices to educate their members about the contract and the upcoming Supreme Court decision.
Plus, steward elections are coming up this month!
If you have any questions, contact Mass Health Chapter President Carol Butler.
May 20, 2018
We are the graduate workers at Tufts. As we pursue degrees in our fields, we also work for the university as instructors, TAs and research assistants. We teach and mentor undergraduates, grade exams and papers, write grant proposals and work hand-in-hand with faculty on crucial research. Our long hours keep Tufts running.
Yet despite the work that we do for the university, we struggle to pay rent and access healthcare. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, a living wage for a single adult in Middlesex County is $29,547 a year, but many graduate workers at Tufts make significantly less than that. Even a small apartment in the area can cost two-thirds of our income. Many of us have to work second and third jobs just to get by. Additionally, our healthcare plan is very limited: we face steep barriers to getting mental healthcare and often have to skip the dentist entirely because it’s too expensive.
Our working conditions are also precarious. Some of us aren’t told what we’re teaching until after the semester begins; this keeps us from adequately preparing for our jobs and giving students the instruction they need. Others face dangerous conditions that the university refuses to fix. For instance, one office used by graduate workers sprung a leak near an electrical outlet; the outlet eventually caught fire, and still, the university took more than a year to stop the leak.
This is why last May, we came together and voted to form our union. We want an end to precarity—enough pay to support ourselves, and the conditions to do our work safely and well.
Tufts advertises its commitment to inclusion, social justice and active citizenship. But these values ring hollow if the university doesn’t pay its workers a living wage and guarantee them safe and stable working conditions. It’s time for Tufts to recognize that both the university’s brand and continued success depend on a fair union contract for graduate workers.
Each year, our SEIU Local 509 Scholarship Program funds 20 educational scholarship awards for fellow members and their dependents. Each of these scholarships range from $1,000 to $1,500 — many awards are based on member’s demonstrated commitment to the union’s growth over the last calendar year. From this pool of qualified applicants, winners are drawn at random. First we contact recipients directly, then we announce the full list here at seiu509.org.
Congratulations to our winners: