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Lead Union Representative (FT)

San Diego, CaliforniaFull-time
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Job Description

UDWA Job Description

UDWA Overview:
United Domestic Workers of America (UDWA) Care Providers Union/AFSCME Local 3930 is a statewide labor union that represents more than 140,000 home care and childcare providers in 45 counties in California. Founded in 1979, UDWA is a diverse, progressive labor organization that seeks dynamic, committed individuals who will support our members and those for whom they care locally, statewide and at the national level.

United Domestic Workers of America is one of California’s largest unions of home care and childcare providers and consistently supported and led in our community’s social justice initiatives including racial justice, income inequality and affordable health for all. We are committed to respect and dignity for Californians with disabilities, the sick, and the elderly. Fair pay and respect for home care and childcare providers and full funding for life-saving programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). For more information about United Domestic Workers of America (UDWA), please visit our website at http://www.udwa.org/

Job Information:
  • Job Title: Lead Union Representative
  • Job Type: Exempt (Salary)
  • Department: (OFS)
  • Reports to: Regional Manager
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (subject to change)
  • Job Location: San Diego, CA 92115
  • Salary: starting at $62,400/year (depending on experience)
Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Director & Assistant Director of Internal Operations, as well as the Regional Manager, the Lead Union Representative will grow the member-driven union by building local and state power for workers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Lead the coordination of worker mobilization around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers.
  • Lead and train staff, TEO’s and member volunteers in soliciting memberships through orientations, AIMS, membership meetings, new member house visits and special events.
  • Lead coordination and turnout of IHSS Orientations and regional IHSS growth plans.
  • Coordinate participation of and work collaboratively with Regional Manager to identify political activities that hold elected officials accountable to working families.
  • Build external relationships with the community, county officials and workers to drive campaigns, develop the union and increase public awareness.
  • Identify, mentor and develop member leaders through the leadership academy, councils and bargaining institute; coach staff in advancing leadership development skills.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members, identifying their abilities and potential contributions to the union.
  • Work collaboratively with Regional Manager to create, implement and supervise procedures that safeguard management and maintenance of membership data to track and develop member activists, leaders and member participation.
  • Work collaboratively with Regional Manager and staff to implement effective communication systems to reach members and providers.
  • Guide staff in identifying and developing appropriate print and digital communications including leaflets, flyers, photos and social media posts.
  • Provide vital member provider assistance.
  • Maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Oversee Union Representatives within assigned area(s).
  • Develop Union Representative skills of staff and member volunteers.
  • Oversee management and training of the Temporary Employee Organizer program.
  • Provide guidance and ensure staff’s compliance with UDW policies and procedures.
  • Identify opportunities to lead and train staff and volunteers in developing social justice, civic and community power through local political, human rights and health & welfare councils.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Extensive union or comparable union representative/organizing experience
  • Knowledge of labor rights, contract language, PA grievance, political, budget & lobbying plans
  • Ability to research, interpret and summarize local, state and federal laws, policies and procedures affecting home care workers
  • Effectively prioritize and multi-task assignments and responsibilities
  • Ability to identify, develop and execute plans while directing personnel and volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills with proven presentation and speaking abilities
  • Ability to implement plans and procedures across teams while monitoring effectiveness
  • Knowledge of customer service skills including needs assessments, organizational processes, and quality standards
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and office procedures
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Social orientation preference and effectiveness in working with and connecting with others
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, VAN, Organizer & Enterprise
  • Ability to comply with UDWA’s driver policy
Preferred Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Extensive union or comparable organizing experience
Preferred Bilingual Language(s) in either:
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Tagalog
  • Russian
  • Assyrian
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

United Domestic Workers of America has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, our employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Employee Benefits:
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life / AD&D
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Pension Plan
  • Vacation Benefits
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Day (8hrs)
  • 13+ Paid Holidays
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily exposed to an office-type environment. The employee will frequently work on or around office equipment and furniture. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee will frequently work

with deadlines under pressure and will occasionally be required to work alone. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor environment can include exposure to vehicles, moving mechanical parts; vibration; odors, fumes, gasses, smoke, dust, or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer
UDWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.