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Asian Americans for Equality Seeks Housing Organizer

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all those who are in need. Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed – in the past four decades – to become one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations. AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York and to providing new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities.

Employing innovative approaches, the organization has preserved and developed eight-six (86) buildings, creating more than eight hundred (800) units of housing. It has secured almost $300 million in mortgage financing for home buyers and disbursed $30 million in loans to hundreds of small businesses. Through a wide range of multilingual counseling services, AAFE provides education, financial assistance and training to empower people, small businesses and neighborhoods. Its research, advocacy and grassroots organizing initiatives help to shape government policy and to effect positive change. At its heart, AAFE embodies the hopes and dreams of New York’s many vibrant immigrant communities, and helps turn those dreams into reality.

AAFE is seeking a full-time Housing Organizer to further AAFE’s efforts to preserve decent and affordable housing in the neighborhoods that the organization is based, Chinatown and Lower East Side and in immigrant communities in Queens, including but not limited to Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside, Sunnyside and Jackson Heights. The housing organizer will be part of a team that represents tenants in Housing Court, state Supreme Court, and administrative proceedings; works with tenant groups, tenant leaders and community organizations; conducts trainings and communicates regularly with elected officials and city and state agencies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct strategic outreach in buildings to educate neighborhood residents and groups about their housing rights. This includes door-knocking, building assessment and identifying tenant leaders in buildings.
  • Work with residents and tenant leaders to organize tenant associations for the purposes of ensuring their legal rights are not being violated and to collectively address and resolve housing issues.
  • Develop, identify, implement or support local, city-wide and/or state-wide campaigns to preserve affordable housing and fight anti-displacement.
  • Represent AAFE at community or coalition meetings.
  • Keep detailed records of the organizing activities and to use them in writing funding or grant reports.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings to jointly develop ways that AAFE can improve its services or better meet the needs of the people we serve.
  • Attend training opportunities.


  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and to using organizing as a tool for social change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues or problems affecting low-income or working-poor, immigrant, LGBTQ, and communities of color.
  • Minimum one year experience in organizing, with experience working on New York City housing or tenant advocacy issues preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Computer literacy, which includes familiarity using email, Excel, Word, Facebook, Twitter and other computer programs that will improve the work.
  • Fluently bilingual in English/Chinese-Mandarin, required. Additional Spanish fluency, a plus.
  • Ability to work evening shifts (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and some weekends.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits with paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and personal days.

How to apply
If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter indicating salary requirements and a resume in PDF, addressed to No faxes or phone calls, please. In the event that we wish to arrange for an interview, we will contact you by email or phone.

Thank you for expressing your interest in working with Asian Americans for Equality

SEIU Hiring Research Coordinator

See full posting here.


The position is responsible for leading the work of research teams assigned to major union or Division campaigns and programs.   The Research Coordinator II is responsible for supervising International and/or Local research staff and working with International structures and appropriate Locals to develop the research capacity, methods, strategies and tools to support these campaigns and programs, and to recruit, train and develop International and Local research staff.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed.  Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.)

  • Recruits, trains, evaluates, supervises and supports the work of research staff assigned to major division and union campaigns and programs;  provide leadership to research staff, both international and local and assure that plans and work assignments are consistent with the organizing, political, mobilization and campaign goals of SEIU.
  • Works with International Union Headquarters-based research staff in the development of effective national organizing, political and other priority campaigns.
  • Provides ongoing support to the union leads on the union and division campaigns and programs.
  • Assists with the direct implementation of national programs and mobilizations that support these union and division campaigns and programs,  including working with leaders and union staff to develop organizing and mobilization strategies.
  • Assists in the creation of Local union research networks that support the development of long-term capacity and campaign work in the Local unions.
  • Provides research assistance to SEIU State councils for legislation, regulations and other political activity.
  • Provides policy/funding analysis to support campaign strategies.
  • Provides education and training of International and Local staff on policy and industry issues related to the campaigns and programs of SEIU.
  • Works with employers and industry officials on policy issues
  • Performs other duties as assigned in support of the work of the department.


Elected leadership; local union leaders; and staff and members; International Union staff and officers.  CTW staff; state federation and central labor council leaders and staff; staff of other unions; public officials; and key staff; leaders and counterparts in targeted industries and employers; and leaders of other organizations who work with SEIU.

Direction and Decision Making:

Manage at own initiative, independent of all but necessary supervision by the Research Director/Deputy Research Director as appropriate.

Education and Experience:

Bachelors degree in labor relations or a combination of experience and education that will allow for the development of research/campaign support which support SEIU goals and objectives.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting, but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Or field work.  Travel and long and extended hours required.

Application Requirements:

A resume and cover letter are required for all applications.  Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.


SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holiday and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Roberta Reardon Named NYS Labor Commissioner

Roberta Reardon, who teaches the Union Leadership course at Murphy, has been appointed as New York State Commissioner of Labor. The Department of Labor is tasked with overseeing state labor regulations, unemployment, and workforce training initiatives.

 Commissioner Reardon is the founding co-President of SAG-AFTRA, a 165,000 member union for the entertainment industry. She is the three-term unanimously elected National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Reardon also has over thirty-five years of experience as professional actor and has appeared on television and regional and off-Broadway theater.

Her extensive experience in labor negotiations and leadership development made her an ideal fit for the Murphy Labor Studies program. This past spring, Professor Reardon taught the Union Leadership course to CSEA rank-and-file leaders as a part of the CUNY-Cornell Labor Relations Certificate program. She was so popular among her students that on the last night of class, they awarded her an “Oscar” for best teacher.

Congratulations Commissioner Reardon!

Organizer with ACLU-NJ

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is hiring an Organizer dedicated primarily to coordinating and implementing the organization’s campaign to reform policing practices in Newark, Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP). In addition, the Organizer may also work on other priority ACLU-NJ issues. The position is full time and reports to the Public Policy Director.

Founded in 1960, the ACLU of New Jersey is the state’s leading organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. Whether in the courts, legislatures, or in communities, the ACLU-NJ fights on a daily basis for criminal justice reform, free speech, racial justice, privacy, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, due process, LGBT rights, drug law reform and voting rights. With tens of thousands of members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU-NJ works in every corner of our state to defend the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

The ACLU-NJ is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Our staff consists of 16 full-time staff members plus a number of regular in-office volunteers and interns.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.


Newark communities have struggled with issues of police misconduct and a lack of transparency and accountability since the 1960s. Whether by unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices, excessive force or a broken internal discipline system, the Newark Police Department (NPD) has routinely violated the rights of the residents they are sworn to serve and protect. The NPD has also failed to hold itself accountable for this misconduct and abuse. As a consequence, community safety pays the price.

Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP) is a movement to build a respectful, accountable, and transparent Newark Police Department. N-CAP works for reforms that promote community safety and lead to community policing practices that uphold and respect the human and constitutional rights of all Newarkers.


  • Devising and implementing advocacy strategies to accomplish the Newark policing reform campaign goals;
  • Organizing and conducting public engagement events, including forums, panels, rallies, trainings, lobby visits, public hearings, and other public presentations;
  • Building, facilitating, and overseeing day-to-day administrative support of the N-CAP coalition;
  • Conducting know-your-rights trainings for youth and community groups;
  • Recruiting, training, and managing an active community volunteer and mobilization program to support the campaign goals;
  • Lobbying local lawmakers;
  • Representing the ACLU-NJ and N-CAP at coalition and organizing meetings;
  • Drafting content for ACLU-NJ and N-CAP websites, as well as social media, fact sheets, e-mails, reports, training materials, and other advocacy materials;
  • Conducting research and staying up-to-date on developments in police accountability news, policy, and the national reform movement;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in organizing or social justice advocacy; experience working in/building coalitions preferred;
  • Demonstrated passion for racial justice and police accountability work;
  • Demonstrated experience designing or managing issue-based or political campaigns;
  • Familiarity with Newark communities and politics preferred
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, and to recruit and motivate volunteers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Experience using social media as an advocacy tool;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
  • Outgoing personality and sense of humor;
  • Proficiency with MS Office and popular social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Ability to sometimes work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to travel within the state, and a valid driver’s license;
  • Proficiency in Spanish (preferred but not required).


A full and printable job description is available here. (PDF)


The ACLU-NJ offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-NJ compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.


To apply, complete the form below. Application materials sent via postal mail, e-mail or fax will not be accepted. No calls please. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status.

Event: Women Leading the Global Labor Rights Movement (9/25)

Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor (Room 18A/B)

Registration link

In the past 20 years neo-liberal globalization has forced de-regulation of labour markets, increased the power and movement of capital and resulted in lower real wages, higher profits, increased inequality and diminished labor power. In Asia this has resulted in the highest gender pay gap in the world, and the majority of women work in employment that lacks basic security, benefits, and safe working conditions. Women workers comprise the majority in the garment industry and domestic work is the most common occupation for women in Asia, accounting for one-third of all waged female employment. It remains to be among the lowest paid, least valued, and least organized sector.

Come hear and meet with three labor rights leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia share their work organizing domestic workers and garment workers. Hear their stories and the importance of women’s leadership in the fight for labor rights in the context of a global economy geared towards profits for multinational companies. Inequality is now so high that a woman garment worker in Bangladesh earns less in a year than the Walton family earns every second. Within this development model, women face additional barriers to organizing as they often do majority of the household work. We will also show a documentary short on garment worker organizing in Bangladesh.

  • Moderator: Chaumtoli Huq, Editor & Attorney, Law@theMargins
  • Nazma Akter, Bangladesh, President, Awaj Foundation
  • Eni Lestari, Indonesia/Hong Kong, Chairperson, International Migrants
    Alliance (IMA)
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

For more information, please contact Chaumtoli Huq at (347) 445-1867.

Conference Coordinator for UCLA Labor Center Summer Institute on Union Women

50% limited appointment to serve as coordinator for the Summer Institute on Union Women. Duration of appointment is 9-11 months. See full post here.

The annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women (SIUW) is a four-day residential conference sponsored by the AFL-CIO, hosted this year by the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles in August 2016. The four-day residential program brings together workers and leaders from unions, worker centers, and community organizations from the United States’ and Canada’s western regions, Mexico, and Central America. The conference features workshops on the history, struggles, and achievements of working women and the opportunity for participants to share strategies, information, experience, and skills.

Job Summary

The SIUW conference coordinator will manage logistics, outreach, and communication related to the conference and provide leadership and guidance to work groups, focus groups, and volunteers to meet conference goals and expectations. The coordinator will manage all event and conference planning logistics; function as the primary contact for participants, speakers, and planners; prepare timelines and budgets; manage conference registration, and process expense and income. The coordinator will also manage recruitment and outreach for participants, speakers, workshop leaders, and planning committee members, maintain a database of all contacts, and participate in all planning sessions.

For Job Duties and Qualifications, see full posting.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and list of recommendations to Elizbeth Espinoza, Student Programming Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Center and SIUW Lead Coordinator,