UNITE HERE Local 8 seeks a committed activist to be a Boycott Organizer in Seattle. Boycotts are a critical piece of our union’s comprehensive campaigns. Our members are raising the standards of low-wage, service sector jobs, and winning dignity and respect on the job through solidarity and action.
Boycott Coordinators develop strategy to move customers from boycotted properties, work with worker committees and lead teams of volunteer activists to plan and carry out creative actions to help enforce boycotts. The work is typically 30% – Coordinating and executing creative actions at strategic locations to help enforce boycotts and 70% – Research and campaign communications related work.
UNITE HERE Local 8 represents over 3,000 hospitality workers, including hotel workers in downtown Seattle, SeaTac, Tacoma, and Olympia. UNITE HERE’s membership is very diverse, comprised largely of immigrants and including high percentages of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American workers – with a majority overall being women. Through organizing and winning good contracts, UNITE HERE members in Seattle and throughout North America have made hundreds of thousands of traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs. Local 8 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE (www.unitehere.org) which represents more than 250,000 workers in North America.
Must have passion for low wage and other worker struggles;
Must have previous activist experience — boycott experience a plus;
Must be assertive and have excellent language, writing and computer skills.
Applicants must be willing and able to travel to appropriate work sites;
Spanish language skills are desired.
Duties Include (but are not limited to):
Researching hotel clients;
Developing and carrying out strategy to move clients from hotels that are driving down industry standards;
Recruiting/developing/maintaining volunteer committees;
Working with community and labor allies;
Coordinating actions such as leafleting, delegations and marches, including frequent early morning actions.
How to apply
Send cover letter, resume, and 1-3 pp. writing sample to Meg Robertson, email@example.com