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National Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

It’s officially election season, and will be for some time to come. Some surprises have thrown the traditional players for a loop, including the rising support for Bernie Sanders. Drawing huge crowds at rallies across the country, and even a bit of controversy along the way, Sanders has galvanized his progressive base. And, as of Monday, he has also secured his first national trade union endorsement from the National Nurses union.

From CNN:

“Bernie Sanders has a proven track record of uncompromised activism and advocacy for working people, and a message that resonates with nurses, and, as we have all seen, tens of thousands of people across the country,” NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said in a press release announcing the endorsement. “He can talk about our issues as well as we can talk about our issues. We are proud to stand with him in his candidacy for President today.”

The nurses organization officially announced their support at an event with Sanders in Oakland, California. The group, which is 90% women, called the meeting a “Brunch with Bernie.”

“Bernie’s issues align with nurses from top to bottom,” DeMoro said, noting that Sanders earned the groups support because of his positions on trade, minimum wage and expanding Social Security and Medicare.”

Earlier this year, the group conducted an internal poll to decide who to endorse. Charles Idelson, the group’s spokesman, said the Vermont senator won “overwhelming support,” but no percentage was given.

Previously, the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, Sanders has received support, if not outright endorsement — though neither is permitted according to AFL-CIO rules —  from a number of union locals.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via flickr (CC-BY-SA).

The Center for Family Life Seeks Cooperative Developer

The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park promotes and supports the founding of cooperative businesses as part of our community development initiative. Our mission is to provide support and consultation services to worker-owner cooperatives based on principles of social justice, equality, and democracy. We focus on helping to develop cooperatives that focus on fair wages, safe working conditions, and respect for the environment. Under the auspices of our Adult Employment Program, we have partnered with community members and incubated four worker cooperatives and two collectives since June 2006. Our work has received recognition by the New York City Council, the GEO Collective, and the United Nations 2012 Year of the Cooperatives. In 2012 with the assistance of NY City Council we began to train Community Based Organizations to develop a cooperative incubation program at their respective sites. In 2014 we received further recognition from the City Council through our Worker Cooperative Coalition efforts, allowing us to expand the worker cooperative movement in NYC.

A successful Cooperative Developer would have:

  • A strong interest/background in worker-cooperative business development, community organizing, worker/immigrant rights and,
  • 2-3 years experience with social group work including meeting facilitation and coordination, democratic decision-making and mediation. Groups will range from 15 to 50 people.
  • Ability to learn quickly and be interested in developing a variety of new skills; be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; have the ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
  • Willingness to engage with the cooperative members, the customers of the coops, and other individuals and organizations supporting the development of the cooperative businesses.
  • Experience interacting with the press as well as supporting cooperative members with public speaking engagements.
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written and oral presentation skills.
  • Entrepreneurial/Business skills are preferred.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as one of the Developers for the Cooperative Development Team. Work with two to three cooperative businesses:
  • Conduct a Feasibility Study for the new cooperative businesses.
    Prepare curriculum and deliver 12-week training to new cooperative members.
  • Coordinate process of legal incorporation and governance of new coop with attorneys.
  • Develop, review and assist in implementing marketing strategy with coop members.
  • Support the development of the back office for the business.
  • Assist in maintaining customer contact database/member information.
  • Work with members to develop sales promotions, e-newsletters, and updates to the website.
  • Outreach to media.
  • Attend weekly and bi-weekly coop meetings in the evenings and weekends.
  • Provide support to community based partners in their development of worker cooperatives.
  • Provide consultation based on the developmental stage of the Sunset Park coops.
  • Attend weekly and bi-weekly coop meetings in the evenings and weekends.
  • Support the various coop committees and the development of leadership of those members in particular.
  • Support the office managers of the various coops and the respective office committees.
  • Development of ongoing technical and leadership trainings.
  • Attend annual cooperative conferences.

Geographic Location: Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Supervision: The Cooperative Developer will report to the Co-Director of Cooperative Development. Ongoing weekly individual and bi-weekly group supervision will be provided.

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours/week. Schedule varies week to week. There is an average of 1-3 evening meetings per week and some weekend meetings.

Languages: Able to write, read and speak fluently in Spanish and English.

B.A. or M.A. level in Social Work, Sociology, Community Development, Business, Public Administration or other related field.
Business development experience is preferred.
Experience with community organizing.
Experience with working in Latino/a immigrant communities. Work in other immigrant communities is a plus.
Must be a strong verbal and written communicator in English and Spanish or Chinese.
Experience with media, and communications messaging a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Full health benefits, vacation and sick leave.

Applicants for the Cooperative Developer position should submit their full resume along with a cover letter that includes salary requirements by email to Coopdevelopment@sco.org. Subject line should include: “Cooperative Developer Position.” Applications without the latter required documents will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

The Center for Family Life, which is a program of SCO Family of Services, is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQI identified people and people with disabilities are members in particular.

3 Positions with Green Worker Cooperatives

See original posting at Green Worker Cooperatives

  1. Co-op Academy Coordinator

The Co-op Academy Coordinator is responsible for the overall management, growth, and success of Green Worker Cooperatives’ Co-op Academy, a pioneering business boot camp for teams of entrepreneurs seeking to launch worker-owned businesses. The Co-op Academy Coordinator is also responsible for managing a similar and parallel school-based program called the Youth Cooperative Business Initiative that works with high schools to incubate student-run cooperatives.

Duties:

  • Manage all aspects of the Co-op Academy and assist each participating team in the development of their cooperative;
  • Recruit, schedule, train and evaluate all volunteer trainers, mentors and professional service providers;
  • Schedule and coordinate all workshops, orientations, and graduations required for the Co-op Academy and all classes and meetings required for the Youth Cooperative Business Initiative;
  • Evaluate and update Co-op Academy and Youth Cooperative Business Initiative curriculum annually;
  • Track progress and provide weekly feedback to each co-op team in the Co-op Academy on the quality of their work, team presentations, and business model;
  • Prepare and analyze program evaluations by participants, volunteers and the GWC team;
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings

Skills:

  • Able to effectively manage teams of volunteers;
  • Time management;
  • Excellent listening skills;
  • Program planning and management

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years experience with popular education methodology;
  • Experience starting or managing a business;
  • Minimum of one year of experience coaching or mentoring;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Familiarity with Lean Startup methodology, customer development, agile engineering, and either the business model canvas or lean canvas preferred;
  • Familiarity with worker cooperatives;
  • Must be able to work evenings one night a week;
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred

Salary: F/T, $42,000 per year.

Start Date: Position begins immediately.

To apply: email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@greenworker.coop with “CO-OP ACADEMY COORDINATOR” in the subject line.

Flexible schedule and ability to work partially from home. Bronx residents and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

  1. Co-op Academy Teaching Assistant

The Co-op Academy Teaching Assistant is responsible for working with the Co-op Academy Coordinator, to provide facilitation, structure, process support, and overall management of Green Worker Cooperatives’ Co-op Academy, a pioneering business boot camp for teams of entrepreneurs seeking to launch worker-owned cooperative businesses.

Duties:

  • Schedule all Co-op Academy workshops, orientations, and graduations;
  • Manage logistical needs for all training activities including venue setup, equipment, food, childcare, and interpretation/translation;
  • Manage online & offline tools that track feedback and progress for each participant and their respective teams in meeting program metrics & objectives;
  • Prepare all materials & handouts for session activities;
  • Collect weekly team presentations and manage the order of the presentation & timing;
  • Communicate in-class information to course participants
  • Manage scheduling calendar to track all meetings between participants and their mentors, teaching team, and service providers (attorneys, graphic & web designers)
  • Manage scheduling of all volunteers assisting with workshops, orientations, and graduations;
  • Provide a positive environment in which participants are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process;
  • Be available for appropriate meetings, office hours, etc.

Skills:

  • Excellent time management & event production skills;
  • Excellent listening skills;
  • Can handle the unexpected;
  • Professional communication (oral and written);
  • Extremely organized and prepared

Qualifications:

  • Must be available weekly, on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, and other designated daytimes for meetings with staff and volunteers;
  • Tech-savvy with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive applications

Salary: Part-time (P/T), Maximum of 20 hours per week at $20 per hour

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Start Date: Position begins early September 2015

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and three references to:jobs@greenworker.coop, with “CO-OP ACADEMY ASSISTANT” in the subject line.

Members of GWC’s network of worker cooperatives, Bronx residents, women, and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

  1. Worker Co-op Developer

The Worker Co-op Developer is responsible for the development of a menu of service options for graduates of our Coop Academy, a 6-month cooperative business boot camp, in order to provide them with ongoing support that will grow their cooperatives and help them reach their goals. The Worker Co-op Developer would be an innovative and out of the box thinker capable of conducting thorough assessments of business operations and governance structures; helping co-ops troubleshoot problems as they arise; connecting co-ops with new opportunities; and holding them accountable to their promises. Additional goals for this position are to develop and strengthen the inter co-op relationships among cooperatives within the GWC network as well the relationship between GWC and its member cooperatives.

Duties:

  • Survey Coop Academy graduates to identify needs
  • Be the ongoing point of contact for all cooperatives developed by GWC
  • Assess performance and needs of all cooperatives developed by GWC
  • Schedule and facilitate strategic planning retreats for GWC co-ops and assist in the development of yearly goals and milestones
  • Coordinate trainings for cooperatives on specialized topics as needed
  • Coordinate mediation for cooperatives as needed
  • Identify resources and opportunities that can support the growth and development of GWC member cooperatives
  • Compile and share best practices on cooperative governance and business operations.
  • Schedule and confirm location, dates, guest speakers, agenda, and attendees for quarterly graduate forums
  • Work in coordination with other GWC staff
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Prepare and assist cooperatives with obtaining capital
  • Ability to represent GWC at events, conferences, etc.

Skills:

  • Business/entrepreneurship development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Sales and marketing support
  • Leadership development
  • Fundraising and raising capital
  • Consensus decision-making
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Mediation, conflict resolution, and troubleshooting

Qualifications:

  • Experience with popular education methodology
  • Experience starting a business
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, worker cooperatives or socially responsible businesses preferred
  • Bronx residents preferred
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work occasional weekends

 

Salary: P/T, 20 hours per week at $20 an hour.

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2015

Start Date: Position begins early November 2015.

To Apply: email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@greenworker.coop with “WORKER CO-OP DEVELOPER” in the subject line.
Flexible schedule and can work from home. Bronx residents and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. This position is intended to grow from Part-Time to Full-Time. The ideal candidate should be open to the possibility of full-time work and able to grow the program to meet that goal.

Student Trainee (Field Examiner) with NLRB

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Become a part of a prestigious and elite Agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law for relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The National Labor Relations Board is an independent Federal agency that has daily impact on the way America’s companies, industries and unions conduct business.

The Internship Program of the Pathways Series is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This program is designed to provide current students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their careers  before their  career paths  are  fully established.

This position is assigned to a Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board and is responsible for assisting the region with casehandling work including investigating representation petitions, unfair labor practice charges, and election proceedings.

 

Positions are located in New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA.

 

New York, NY: $44,617 – $57,997

Pittsburgh, PA: $40,336 – $52,433

***Due to the high expected volume, this vacancy announcement will close once the first 50 applications have been received.***

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel May Be Required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Selectee must pass a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.

DUTIES:

The selectee of this position is responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Completing legal research, interviewing witnesses, preparing sworn statements, reviewing and analyzing documentary evidence, and drafting reports on investigations of unfair labor practice charges.
  • Preparing election agreements and/or stipulations for an election.
  • Conducting administrative hearings to develop a record in pre and post election settings to resolve unit placement.
  • Managing case files of all unfair labor practice and representation cases.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Participation in this program requires that the applicant be a current student in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on a full or half time basis. (NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your class schedule for current/future semester/quarter or current transcripts.)

 

To be eligible for the Pathways Student Internship Program, an applicant must be in good academic standing, at least a 2.0 GPA (submission of most recent transcript required).

 

To be eligible for this position and grade, the applicant must have completed one (1) full academic year of graduate level education; or have eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.

 

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1) Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.)— Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  1. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better)as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  2. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better)based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

**Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9**

3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society — Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

Using Education to Qualify: Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)

You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required – if applicable) All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

For further information, visit:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that your scores do not reflect that you meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, you will lose consideration for this position.

 

You will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) and/or Competencies required for the position:

 

  • Ability to work as a member of a team and work under a supervisor.
  • Ability to use electronic case management systems, and other applicable systems to manage case files.
  • Ability to investigate challenged ballots or objections to a representation election.
  • Ability to prepare election agreements and/or stipulations for an election.
  • Ability to draft reports on investigations and draft appropriate recommendations for disposition of unfair labor practice charges.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, reports, recommendations, and letters.
  • Ability to conduct legal research.
  • Ability to interview witnesses.
  • Ability to prepare sworn statements.
  • Ability to review and analyze documentary evidence.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

 

If you meet the qualification requirements listed above, your application will be rated based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents. Your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

BENEFITS:

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Benefits Package: The NLRB provides a comprehensive benefits package, including (in certain offices) on site health unit services, fitness center, credit union, and a multi-faceted Employee Assistance Program. The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet you and your family’s needs. These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long-term care insurance, retirement savings plans. For more information, please visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Telework: NLRB supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework, upon completion of the first year of employment.

SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Mr. Sean Cook, the Agency’s Selective Placement Coordinator by email smschedule@nlrb.gov. NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp)

PLACEMENT POLICY: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes 1) Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, 2) Your resume and 3) Any other documents needed to verify your qualifications or eligibility (see the required documents section).

 

Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting your complete application package. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all instructions before you begin.

 

To begin the process, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the SUBMIT MY ANSWERS button at the end of the process.

 

If you have never applied through USA Jobs for a position with the Federal Civil Service, you will need to create a USA Jobs account. To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. New or updated resumes are considered “incomplete” applications until the required virus scan is cleared. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account USA Jobs Account Login, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

 

If you cannot apply online, please follow the instructions listed below:

  1. Print a copy of the occupational questionnaire so that you can read and respond to the questions offline. Click here to View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers.
  3. Complete the required Fax Cover Page using Vacancy ID 1467871.
  4. Attach your resume and all required documents (e.g., SF-50, most recent performance appraisal, DD-214, etc.). (See Required Documents Section).
  5. With your completed OPM Form 1203-FX as the front page (where your name, social security number, etc are shown), submit your materials to fax number 1-478-757-3144. Do not use a different cover page. If you are using the fax method to submit your application, you should retain a copy of the fax confirmation sheet and verify that your application was received by contacting the Specialist listed in the vacancy before Monday, August 10, 2015. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:

  • For Veterans: DD-214 (member copy-4) http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (indicating % disability). http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
  • For Certain Military Spouses: Copy of service member’s PCS order authorizing the spouse to accompany the service member AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member was released or discharged from active duty due to a service-connected disability AND Documentation of the service member’s 100% disability AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member’s death while on active duty AND Proof of marriage to the service member. http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
  • For applicants qualifying on the basis of education: transcripts – official or unofficial. A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant’s name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If selected for this position, you must submit your official copy before confirmation of appointment.
  • Content of Resume: Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must address the above KSAs, contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

All materials must be received by the closing date of this announcement Monday, August 10, 2015 to be considered.

Photos from Trade Union Climate Summit

On June 29th, the International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment, in partnership with 32BJ, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, and Rosa Luxemburg Siftung – New York, hosted a one-day climate summit. The summit brought together unions from the U.S. and 12 other countries for a day of discussion on the Paris talks and related actions; the international trade union movement’s program and strategy and the need to confront the ‘energy and climate emergency,’ and to hear how unions are linking climate protection to the anti-austerity and equality movements that are gaining momentum in different countries.

Check out these photos from the summit, courtesy of Rosa Luxemburg Siftung – New York.

On this panel (from left) Sari Sairanen (Director of Health and Safety, UNIFOR), Donald Lafleur (Executive Vice President, CLC), and Mireille Pelletier (advisor, CSN-Québec) are optimistic about the power shift taking place in Canadian politics.
On this panel (from left) Sari Sairanen (Director of Health and Safety, UNIFOR), Donald Lafleur (Executive Vice President, CLC), and Mireille Pelletier (advisor, CSN-Québec) are optimistic about the power shift taking place in Canadian politics.

 

Maité Llanos (TUED and Global Labour Institute--Geneva) offers an overview of preparations for the upcoming UN climate negotiations in Paris while (from left) Fabienne Cru-Montblanc (National Executive Committee, CGT, France) and Marie-Christine Naillod (Policy Advisor, CGT) listen attentively.
Maité Llanos (TUED and Global Labour Institute–Geneva) offers an overview of preparations for the upcoming UN climate negotiations in Paris while (from left) Fabienne Cru-Montblanc (National Executive Committee, CGT, France) and Marie-Christine Naillod (Policy Advisor, CGT) listen attentively.

 

Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, PCS, UK) facilitates a panel on the connection between the climate fight and the struggle against austerity and inequality in southern Europe.
Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, PCS, UK) facilitates a panel on the connection between the climate fight and the struggle against austerity and inequality in southern Europe.

 

Wol-san Liem (Director of International Affairs, KPTU, Korea) discusses the need for a "programmatic shift" in international labor's climate policies while Alana Dave (Education Director, ITF) and Asbjørn Wahl (International Advisor, Union of Municipal and General Employees, Norway) carefully consider her remarks.
Wol-san Liem (Director of International Affairs, KPTU, Korea) discusses the need for a “programmatic shift” in international labor’s climate policies while Alana Dave (Education Director, ITF) and Asbjørn Wahl (International Advisor, Union of Municipal and General Employees, Norway) carefully consider her remarks.

 

Colin Long (Victorian State Secretary, NTEU, Australia) poses a question from the floor.
Colin Long (Victorian State Secretary, NTEU, Australia) poses a question from the floor.

 

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez (President, NYSNA) describes how her union has engaged members through climate education and mobilization while (from left) Bruce Hamilton (Vice President, ATU), Fernando Losada (Collective Bargaining Director, NNU), and Christopher Erikson (Business Manager, IBEW Local 3) join her in insisting on the need for the U.S. labor movement to take the lead in the struggle to stop climate change.
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez (President, NYSNA) describes how her union has engaged members through climate education and mobilization while (from left) Bruce Hamilton (Vice President, ATU), Fernando Losada (Collective Bargaining Director, NNU), and Christopher Erikson (Business Manager, IBEW Local 3) join her in insisting on the need for the U.S. labor movement to take the lead in the struggle to stop climate change.

 

Lenore Friedlaender (Assistant to the President, SEIU 32BJ) introduces three leaders who are building a new socio-ecological mass movement: (from left) Jacqui Patterson (Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program), Denise Fairchild (President and CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative), and Dean Hubbard (Director, Sierra Club Labor Programs).
Lenore Friedlaender (Assistant to the President, SEIU 32BJ) introduces three leaders who are building a new socio-ecological mass movement: (from left) Jacqui Patterson (Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program), Denise Fairchild (President and CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative), and Dean Hubbard (Director, Sierra Club Labor Programs).

 

Sean Sweeney (Director, International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment, The Murphy Institute, CUNY) gives a report on TUED's progress.
Sean Sweeney (Director, International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment, The Murphy Institute, CUNY) gives a report on TUED’s progress.

Flatbush Tenant Coalition Seeks Community Organizer

Who We Are: The Flatbush Tenant Coalition is a member-led group of 43 (and growing) tenant associations building tenant power in central and south Brooklyn. We develop skilled and informed tenant leaders to challenge the oppressive systems that disenfranchise low-to-moderate income tenants. Our tenant leaders work together to plan and implement strategies to obtain much-needed repairs in their buildings, stop harassment and displacement, strengthen tenants’ rights in NYC and across the state, and make sure that tenants have a strong voice in decisions and plans that affect their housing.

The Position: The Coalition seeks a full-time, permanent Community Organizer to help us build tenant power in south Brooklyn.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing tenant associations: The Community Organizer (CO) will work with emerging and existing tenant leaders to organize tenant associations and plan and implement strategies to obtain respect and repairs from the landlords of their rent regulated buildings.
  • Building leadership: The CO will work with tenant leaders to build their capacity to effectively spearhead tenant rights campaigns. This includes working with Coalition staff to update and conduct trainings, prepare tenant leaders to take on new roles and develop in their current roles; and support our leaders as they educate and engage other tenants in the fight to preserve decent, safe, and affordable housing in our community. The CO will create leadership development plans with our tenant leaders and provide constructive feedback on progress.
  • Building our base: The CO will assist tenant leaders to conduct outreach in their buildings and in the neighborhood to build their tenant associations and identify new potential leaders and members. The CO will also assist with developing and implementing a communications plan to build our base and strengthen our campaigns.
  • Engaging in city and state-wide tenant rights campaigns: The CO will work with staff and tenant leaders to coordinate and facilitate the Coalition’s role in city and state-wide tenant rights campaigns, including Stabilizing NYC, a city-wide campaign to end tenant harassment and displacement by predatory equity corporations.
  • Contributing to the development of a collaborative, supportive team: The CO will take part in team, membership, and other meetings to jointly review and plan for actions, events, and campaigns.
  • Tracking our work and progress: The CO will keep careful records of all of her/his organizing activities, using the Coalition’s database and tracking systems (sign-in sheets, Excel, Google Docs, etc.) The CO will periodically produce reports outlining his/her work and the progress of our tenant leaders and tenant associations.

The position includes some evening shifts (1 to 9 p.m.), as well as day shifts and some weekends. The Community Organizer reports directly to the Coalition Coordinator.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • A strong, demonstrated commitment to social justice and the Coalition’s mission, vision, and community organizing approach
  • At least two years of base-building and other community organizing experience
  • At least one year of experience working on NYC housing or tenant issues
  • Fluently bilingual in English and Spanish or Haitian Creole
  • Previous experience developing and conducting trainings and workshops
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and basic math skills
  • Facility with email, Excel, Word, Facebook, Twitter, and other computer programs and functions
  • Strong working knowledge of issues and systems affecting low-income, immigrant, LGBTQ, and communities of color, and relevant experience effectively working with these communities
  • An ability to relate to a wide range of people, including low-income families, elected officials, legal services providers, and other community-based and advocacy organizations

Please send a cover letter and resume, in PDF only, to Aga Trojniak at ftcoalition@gmail.com with subject heading: Community Organizer FTC

This is a full-time, salaried position with good medical benefits. Salary depends on experience.