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3 Positions at The Working World in NYC

The Working World is a non-profit offering a new way for people to take control of their economic lives and change the heart of the working equation. We turn the financial system on its head and offer socially conscious investment to businesses and factories owned and operated democratically by workers themselves. It’s an idealistic vision, but it’s not just an idea– we’ve been doing it for ten years in Argentina, Nicaragua, and now, the United States. We have lent over $4 million to over 200 worker cooperatives, and over 98% of these investments have paid themselves off, resulting in growing businesses, new jobs, and more workers in positions of ownership. Our goals are idealistic, and our methods are practical–we work for concrete results. Our aim is to see how far we can go: How many workers can be brought into positions of power in the system of production; how much finance can be given that empowers people rather than drowning them in debt; and how much can we challenge a global economy that puts profit before people.

The Working World is currently hiring for three positions for our office in New York City, New York:

  • Two project officers to expand our direct support to worker owned businesses.
  • An administrative coordinator to organize our office, manage our databases, and coordinate all administrative activities for our US work.

Project Officer – There are currently two openings in this position.
Two years ago, we started operations in the United States, replicating the model we developed in Argentina and Nicaragua. So far, it has been a success. We have made 20 loans totaling over $800,000. Now we are looking for two new core team members to help us scale this success and bring our model to even more cooperatives in the New York City area and beyond.

We’re looking for people who are equally motivated, idealistically minded and practically acting and who are open and eager to learn The Working World’s lending methodology. Candidates must also be organized self-starters and have the patience and drive to work toward longer-term goals.

Fluent Spanish is required.

Our target start date is November 2014 for two full-time positions in New York City.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging directly with workers of different cooperatives
  • Researching with them to prepare new investments and business plans
  • Conducting educative and practical assemblies
  • Following up on plans and problem-solving with cooperatives
  • Writing weekly progress reports
  • Working with organizational affiliates and government partners

How to apply
Email cover letter and resume to **Be sure to include “Program Officer” in the subject line of the email.**

New York, NY

Application deadline
October 1st, 2014 (Interviews will be conducted and positions will be filled on a rolling basis)

Education requirements – 4-year degree, or equivalent experience
Languages needed – Fluent in English, Fluent in Spanish
Employment type – Full time
Salary details – Salary commensurate with experience

Lead Office Administrator

The Lead Office Administrator will be responsible for the coordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. The Lead Office Administrator will report directly to the Director of Finance and Operations and will also work with other members of the team.

Our target start date is November 2014 for a full-time position in New York NY.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining organization’s bookkeeping system and assisting Director of Finance and Operations with other financial and tax reporting requirements
  • Managing the organization’s payroll, including communicating with payroll service, distributing employee pay stubs, performing monthly payroll reconciliation
  • Responding to email traffic for the Executive Director and prioritizing and escalating issues in a timely manner
  • Assisting Director of Development with grant requirements, donor communications and constituent relationship management system.
  • Ensuring compliance with insurance regulations and other legal requirements
  • Monitoring and maintenance of office supplies and equipment
  • Performing banking duties such as depositing checks, preparing monthly bank reconciliations
  • Responding to and preparing legal documents (with supporting legal counsel, as necessary)
  • Collecting and distributing inbound mailings


  • Undergraduate degree with 2+ years of professional experience in an office support role
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, rapidly growing organization
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated intermediate level proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Bookkeeping experience a plus, but not required
  • Interest in cooperative development and in working with a global organization

How to apply
Email cover letter and resume to Be sure to include “Lead Office Administrator” in the email subject.

Location – New York, NY
Application deadline – October 1st, 2014 (Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis)
Education requirements – 4-year degree, or equivalent experience
Languages needed – Fluent in English, Basic Spanish a plus, but not necessary
Employment type – Full time
Salary details – Salary commensurate with experience

Northeast Nurses Association Seeks Regional Organizing Director

The Northeast Nurses Association (“NENA”) is seeking a seasoned organizer to serve as Regional Organizing Director to take responsibility for new organizing campaigns, serve in a leadership position with respect to program and other staff, and play an integral role in NENA.

The ideal candidate will take an active role in all organizing efforts; and is at ease walking around hospital corridors and meeting with nurses wherever they are located, rather than sitting behind a desk.

The right candidate is outgoing, self-directed, has experience developing and running organizing campaigns, including oversight of staff to achieve concrete assessments and progress. S/he has excellent critical thinking, creativity, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment.

About Us

NENA is a regional, progressive, organization covering 30,000 nurses and allied health care employees, working together to advocate for our patients, our practice, and our profession. NENA’s mission is to support efforts to educate and mobilize health care professionals interested in forming a union at their place of work. To that end, NENA has recently funded a budget to establish an organizing team to assess and develop new organizing opportunities into campaigns.

As members of NENA, nurses and healthcare professionals become part of a progressive and respected organization that uses its strength and vision to advocate for positive change through collective bargaining, legislation, education, and mobilization

NENA is looking for candidates who have:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience required in developing and leading organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to direct, oversee and develop organizing staff.
  • Previous experience with the labor movement
  • Knowledge of organizing campaign data base management tools. Skill in the use of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to write and proofread campaign communications materials.
  • Ability to conduct, analyze, and critique independent research to effectively synthesize and implement material for effective messaging.
  • Supervisory experience a strong plus;
  • Ability to work independently, think critically and creatively, self-directed, and operate within a dynamic and complex organizing environment;
  • Healthcare industry experience preferred,
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the northeast; Home base in NYC area preferred but can be located in other Northeast area.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Long hours and weekend work is expected.


  • Designs, manages, and implements organizing campaigns. Expected to serve as hands-on organizer. Works with staff to coordinate all aspects of the campaign including vision, strategy, timeline, communication, and community outreach.
  • Coordinates and supervises organizing staff;
  • Provides feedback to staff on their performance while on the campaign.
  • Oversees management of the campaign data base, web based applications, lists, and cards.
  • Develops metrics to measure, quantify, and track progress. Provides information and metrics to NENA Board on regular basis.
  • Develops and monitors the campaign budget for the campaign.

Scope and Nature of Supervision

  • Must be able to act and manage time with extreme independence.
  • A high level of judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently; must be able to work with worker leaders and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Reports to the NENA Board and/or the Board’s appointed sub-committee.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package: health, dental, car allowance, 401(k) plan, and paid sick/vacation time.

In addition to a resume, we require a cover letter that gives us a clear picture of who you are, why you want to be the regional organizing director, an example of how you demonstrated success on a campaign, and what you will bring to the role.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: with the Subject Line: NENA Organizing Director.

NENA is committed to Equal Opportunity, and considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions.

Internship Opportunities with AFT (DC – Ongoing)

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates and 1.6 million members.

Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

The issues we address on behalf of all of our members include:

  • education reform and school restructuring
  • privatization of public services
  • worker and workplace health and safety concerns
  • professional development/training programs
  • federal and state legislation
  • health care, Social Security and pensions
  • school and hospital staffing
  • licensure and certification

Responsibilities of Interns:

Interns at the AFT provide research support on worker and professional issues for the different constituencies of the AFT. Interns must be able to work independently on one or two long-term research assignments, as well as assist with short-term projects as the need arises.

The work may involve any or all of the following: producing surveys and compiling results, tracking data, various types of research (Internet, library, Lexus/Nexus), writing for possible publication. The work requires significant communication with AFT leaders and outside sources. There are also opportunities to represent the AFT at various meetings and conferences around Washington, D.C.

To read more specific department descriptions, go to the department directory.

Application Requirements:

We rely on both academic success and a prospective intern’s interest in learning more about the work of labor unions and the work of the AFT. We have no formal application. Students interested in an internship with the AFT should send the following:

  • Cover letter explaining (1) your interest in becoming an intern at the American Federation of Teachers; (2) what you expect to learn while at the AFT; (3) what you have to offer the AFT; (4) why you want to learn more about the labor movement; (5) the time period for which you are seeking an internship.
  • resume that includes a list of any relevant coursework and contact information (phone and email);
  • writing sample, if one is available (this is not required by all departments).

These items can be mailed to the AFT or sent via email to the contact listed below.

Salary, Scheduling and Application Deadlines:

The internship is a paid position according to the level of education ($12/hr for undergraduates or those with bachelor’s degrees and $14/hr above bachelor’s degrees).

The AFT does not provide housing or transportation for out-of-town students.

Application Deadlines

  • For January through April, deadline is November 1 of previous year
  • For May through August, deadline is March 1
  • For September through December, deadline is June 1

A few internships are also available for up to one year, to begin at any time during the year. Applications for these internships are accepted year round and require the same information listed above.


Intern Coordinator
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20001


The New York Working Families Party and Working Families Organization are seeking a talented and energetic communications director. The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer, a sophisticated campaign strategist, and seasoned new media tactician.


Working Families is New York’s progressive grassroots party that fights for the 99%. Formed by a coalition of labor unions, community organizations and grassroots activists, our aim is to make our economy and our democracy work for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. We elect progressive candidates, win groundbreaking issue campaigns and shape the debate in Albany and City Hall.

Job Scope:

The Communication Director is responsible for internal and external communications within New York, developing and executing sophisticated media strategies to advance our legislative and electoral priorities and telling our story to our membership, leaders and the broader progressive movement. S/he will foster relationships with news media, editors, reporters, bloggers, partner organizations, political campaigns, and public officials to advance campaigns, enhance our reputation and brand, and promote our values. TheCommunications Director will serve as a key strategist, a primary shaper and steward of our brand, and an important advisor on our national digital program.

Job Duties:

  • Develops message and communications plans to advance priority campaigns; identifies and manages strategic research needs;
  • Plans and executes internal and external communications to develop and grow our brand using earned paid and new media;
  • Lives in the news cycle; monitors risks and opportunities; seizes real-time media opportunities to advance our values, position and brand;
  • Builds relationships with print, broadcast and new media journalists;
  • Coaches, trains and develops leaders and senior staffers as media spokespeople;
  • Collaborates in coalition with organizational partners and allies;
  • Anticipates, prevents, and, if necessary, manages crisis communications;
  • Drafts talking points, op-eds, memos, and other materials, as needed;
  • Identifies online organizing opportunities and manages new media efforts on New York campaigns and issues;
  • Produces detailed reports of communications activities for staff and leadership;
  • Other duties, as required.
  • Required education, experience, knowledge, and skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications or a related field;
  • Minimum three years experience in communications, public relations, or advocacy; political campaign and strategic research experience preferred;
  • Experience landing high-profile media placements and dealing with reporters, editors, editorial boards, columnists, bloggers, broadcast producers and thought leaders;
  • Strong research background; demonstrated ability to identify research needs and manage research projects;
  • Exceptional writing skills for both press and popular audiences. Writing should be sharp, personable, and memorable;
  • Excellent detail-oriented project management;
  • Smart political judgment; the ability to anticipate how friends and opponents will respond to our actions or statements;
  • Knowledge of online advocacy tools and online organizing tactics is a plus;
  • Calm in a crisis, with great instincts;
  • Commitment to social justice.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision benefits and 401k plan.

To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three professional references to with “New York Communications Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Working Families Party and the Working Families Organization are Equal Opportunity employers with a commitment to social justice. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Low Wage Worker Organizer With NY Communities for Change

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For immediate hire.

New York Communities for Change seeks an experienced community and labor organizer for a full time senior position. Organizer must be a native or fluent speaker of Spanish and have a strong command of English. Organizer will help to sustain and grow the NYCC low-wage immigrant worker committee as well as help to organize and strategize the supermarket worker city-wide campaign. Both the NYCC worker committee and the supermarket campaign organize around wage and hour and other workplace issues as well as broader community issues such as immigration rights, education and housing rights. The organizer will also help coordinate legislative city and state wide campaigns to raise the minimum wage.

Senior organizer will supervise with a small team of organizers. Work responsibilities include but are not limited to

Leading the development campaign strategy
Facilitating and city-wide and store organizing worker meetings

  • Assist in super-market union organizing campaigns
  • Strengthening and helping to build a strong worker-led committee
  • Organizing rallies, marches, press conferences, workshops
  • Occasionally assist with coordination of ESOL classes as it relates to organizing work
  • Phone banking and administrative responsibilities.
  • Occasional weekend work may be required.
  • At least 3 years of experience in labor and/or community organizing are all required to apply. Experience with social media, teaching or coordinating ESOL classes, supermarket work, and/or popular education pedagogy is not required but will be taken into account.

Questions about the position and organization are encouraged. Interviews conducted in Spanish.

For more information or to apply, please e-mail with your resume and cover letter.


Para contratar inmediatamente. Comunidades de Nueva York por el Cambio busca un/a organizador/a comunitari@ con experiencia para un puesto de tiempo completo de supervisor. El/la organizador/a tiene que ser un hablante nativo de Español y poder manejar conversaciones en inglés. El/la organizador/a ayudará a sostener y crecer el comité de trabajador@s inmigrantes de salarios bajos de NYCC y también ayudará a organizar y seguir la campaña para trabajadores de supermercado. El comité y la campaña de los supermercados organizan para mejorar condiciones laborales incluyendo parar el robo de salario y también organizan para cambiar problemas a nivel de la comunidad, como derechos de l@s inmigrantes y un aumento al salario mínimo.

Usted estará supervisando un equipo pequeño de organizador@s, sus responsabilidades incluirán pero no son limitadas a:

  • liderar el desarrollo de estrategias para campañas
  • hacer más fuerte y ayudar a crecer un comité con liderazgo obrero
  • organizar manifestaciones, marchas, ruedas de prensa, talleres de capacitación,
  • coordinación de las clases de inglés cuando relaciona con el trabajo organizativo
  • también llamadas y responsabilidades administrativas.
  • Se requiere trabajar los fines de semana cuando es necesario.
  • Tres años de experiencia como organizador/a sindical o comunitario son requeridos. Experiencia con medios sociales como Twitter y Facebook, enseñar y coordinar clases de inglés, trabajo en supermercados, y/o pedagogía de educación popular ayudaran pero no son requisitos para aplicar por el puesto.

Preguntas sobre el trabajo y la organización son bienvenidas. Entrevistas serán en Español.

Para más información o para aplicar, por favor mande un correo con su currículo y carta de interés a Kate Barut (

Responses to Nick Unger’s “Another Look at Labor in Dark Times – Part 3”

On July 3rd, we posted Part III of Nick Unger’s series on union structures, labor history and union member consciousness. What follows is a response to that piece.

From Martin Morand, Professor Emeritus, Industrial and Labor Relations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania:

Nick’s (rare?) compliment (“Morand is right”) encourages me to plunge in and ahead.

Yes, “The Wagner Act promise of ‘labor peace through collective bargaining’ rings hollow.” How come? Not just because, “….we stopped using the tools that worked” — the sit down and general strikes — but because Wagner Never gave us ANYTHING MORE than the right to say to the boss, a la Oliver Twist, “Please sir, may I have some more?” It never gave a union a contract nor a worker a dime — except where, backing it up, was the power and threat of a strike. We became seduced and addicted to a process, to recognition of our right to exist, to legitimacy. To nothing more substantive than that.
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