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Research & Education Specialist with Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Kensington, Maryland)

The BCTGM Research & Education Department supports the vision and mission of the BCTGM International Union. The Department provides corporate research and analysis in support of organizing
and negotiations; maintains a comprehensive contract database; administers the International Union’s education programs; and advocates and works for stronger worker safety and health protections and worker rights.

Duties and Responsibilities (Corporate Research):
• Conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including financial analysis, industry, corporate and issue research.
• Prepare corporate profiles (for use in organizing campaigns and negotiations), and track, research and monitor corporate activities.
• Plan, research, write and edit quality research products including reports, presentations, issue briefs, fact sheets, talking points, letters, speeches, websites, articles and other educational and advocacy materials.

Duties and Responsibilities (Education):
• Assist in designing, developing and delivering curricula for local union officers, members, and International staff on a wide variety of topics aligned with the vision of the International Union.
• Identify the needs of local union officers, stewards, and staff, and help to provide opportunities for education at every level.
• Perform other duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities (Health & Safety):
• Monitor developments on safety and health issues and conduct research and respond to requests for information on safety and health issues.
• Assist with researching and writing comments on proposed safety and health regulations and legislation.
• Create communication and advocacy materials and assist with developing training materials.

Duties and Responsibilities (Contract Administration):
• Receive and file contract settlement reports.
• Maintain and update comprehensive contract database (in Microsoft Access).
• Prepare reports and presentations using information from the database.

Requirements and Qualifications:
• An advanced degree in labor relations, industrial relations, law, economics or business, or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent relevant experience.
• Experience in advanced corporate research, labor education, and/or occupational safety and health.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and timely analysis of current issues, present oral presentations to large groups of people, and produce comprehensive written reports.
• Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills. Ability to take direction.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
• Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, spreadsheet programs and database design and management, and developing interactive PowerPoint and/or web-based presentations.
• Flexibility to travel out of state and/or work irregular hours.
• Ability to speak and write in Spanish is an asset.

Compensation and Hours of Work:
• Competitive salary commensurate with experience
• 40 hour work week
• Full health benefits
• Defined benefit pension plan
• 401k plan

Application Procedure:
A person interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of application and a résumé. The letter of application should describe the candidate’s experience in bargaining, advocacy, research, training and organizing. Please submit applications to:

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
International Union
Attn: Matthew Clark
Director, Research & Education Department
10401 Connecticut Ave
4th Floor
Kensington, MD 20895  Fax: 301-946-8452

Journalists Gather to Discuss Labor and the Elections at Murphy

Last Friday, Sarah Jaffe, Juan Gonzalez, Errol Louis, Michael Hirsch and Ed Ott participated in a panel discussion in front of a packed house here at Murphy. The panelists analyzed the 2014 midterm elections, looking at what happened this time around and discussing the implications for the future.

Miss the Forum? Check out the livestream, embedded below and archived on our new YouTube channel.


Social Media Coordinator for UFT

The United Federation of Teachers — the 200,000-member union of New York City public school teachers and other professionals — seeks an experienced social media coordinator with a passion for public schools to work as part of the union’s close-knit digital communications team. Working closely with the member communications director and others at the UFT, the social media coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the UFT’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms is compelling and for coordinating our social media work with engaged members, our state and national affiliates, and other organizations that share our values and goals. Because social media is 24/7, the coordinator will at times be called up to do postings outside the normal work day and to occasionally attend UFT events on weekends.

• Coordinate the union’s online presence on its social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram;
• Contribute innovative content for posting and identify new opportunities for increasing engagement and reach;
• Help develop and implement digital strategies for campaigns and other projects;
• Build, mobilize and optimize the UFT’s lists of members and activists using social media to further the union’s goals;
• Maintain the UFT’s Twitter account with an eye to increasing the number of UFT Twitter followers and getting out the union’s point of view in education and labor debates on Twitter;
• Use Google Analytics, Facebook Insights and other similar tools to measure impact and guide future work;
• Help to develop and implement best practices for social media;
• Work with other departments, including external communications and political action, as well as affiliated organizations on social media projects;
• Monitor, and report out as needed, activity on social media platforms around particular issues or by particular organizations;
• Edit photos and create memes using PhotoShop for online posting;
• Help as needed with posting content to the UFT website, writing and proofreading email blasts, sending text messages and performing other digital communications tasks.

• Demonstrated success in using social media to mobilize around a social issue or cause. Be prepared to detail how your campaigns influenced or changed the public dialogue
• A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience, plus a bachelor’s degree
• Experience building and mobilizing lists of members
• Knowledge and interest in emerging technologies
• Ability to articulate the UFT’s mission, with ideas about how to use social media to further the union’s goals
• Experience in online advertising, including Facebook
• Experience providing data and actionable insights from Google Analytics, Facebook and similar tools
• Top-notch writing, editing and proofreading skills
A definite plus:
• Experience shooting and editing video for social media
• Knowledge of SEO, HTML and basic photo editing
• Previous work with content management systems, particularly Drupal, and relationship management tools
• Ability to build a WordPress website
• Expertise in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro

UFT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. We offer excellent benefits.
Send a cover letter and a resume to Deidre McFadyen, UFT Director of Member Communications, at In your cover letter, discuss how you used a social media platform (include the URL) to mobilize around a particular issue and shape the public dialogue. No phone calls please.