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CWA Healthcare Finance Research and Public Policy Position

Location: Buffalo, NY
Reports to: CWA District One Legislative and Political Director and Upstate NY and New England Area Director

The Communications Workers of America, District One is seeking an experienced researcher to provide research and strategic guidance on healthcare employers and to advise on healthcare public policy issues. This individual should also have a strong background in healthcare reimbursement issues.

Background:
Communications Workers of America, District One is a progressive union representing nearly 150,000 members from New Jersey to Maine, with a commitment to militancy, membership mobilization and building a broad social movement for economic justice. The union represents about 15,000 health care workers in New York State, and is seeking a skilled individual who can do corporate research and financial analysis and provide strategic advice in support of CWA’s organizing, legislative and bargaining campaigns involving our health care sector workers. CWA’s health care workers are primarily located in Western and Central New York.

Responsibilities:
· Conduct financial & strategic analysis of hospital industry and hospitals.
· Provide strategic research and advice to staff and leaders for organizing and contract campaigns.
· Develop and write analysis, testimony & position papers on industry trends and issues affecting healthcare workforce.
· Provide support for contract & organizing campaigns, including developing plans with local CWA leaders; outreach to local community groups, elected officials and media.
· Provide leadership development and training on skills and issues.
· Provide educational materials to Union membership on health care industry; legislation and regulatory matters.
· Participate in policy staff meetings and strategic development.

Requirements:
· 1-2 years in financial and corporate research for Unions or other public interest organizations.
· Strong research and analytical skills.
· Computer and data analysis; ability to use software for financial and data analysis.
· Ability to compile, analyze and present data on healthcare industry, Medicare and hospital cost reports and on specific finances for members and staff.
· Strong writing and public presentation skills.
· Background in labor or community organizing and coalition building experience strongly desirable.
· Understanding of Union organizing and contract negotiations.
· Able to work in a team and with Union members and staff.

Salary: Salary range from $55,000 up, commensurate with experience. Includes medical and dental benefits.

To Apply: Please email a resume, a cover letter, a writing sample and three professional references to Robert Master or Debora Hayes (rmaster@cwa-union.org, dhayes@cwa-union.org) with CWA District One Strategic and Healthcare Finance Researcher and Public Policy Position in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Communications Workers of America, District One 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.

CWA District One Health Care Digital Media Specialist and Online Campaigner

Location: New York City
Reports to: CWA District One Legislative and Political Director and Upstate NY & New England Area Director

Communications Workers of America, District One is seeking a creative, results-oriented online campaigner and social media specialist to bolster the union’s online and social media capacity and presence, and to mobilize our online activist base. The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer and a thoughtful strategist with a record of success designing and maintaining websites, deploying social media and using online tools to drive action and win campaigns.

Background:
Communications Workers of America, District One is a progressive union representing nearly 150,000 workers from New Jersey to Maine, with a commitment to militancy, membership mobilization and building a broad social movement for economic justice. The union represents about 10,000 health care workers in New York State, and is seeking a skilled individual who can provide social media, website and online campaigning support to organizing, legislative and bargaining campaigns involving our health care sector workers. In addition, this person would be expected to provide support to the District’s overall bargaining, legislative and political and organizing efforts.

Responsibilities:
The Digital Media Specialist must be able to develop comprehensive, strategic online advocacy campaigns and analyze and enhance data to engage supporters and potential supporters. Specific responsibilities include:

· Develop and execute engaging online campaigns to promote CWA’s campaigns and identify activists and potential supporters.
· Write and edit concise e-mail communications to our members and to our supporters in the general public.
· Enhance CWA District One’s social media presence through Twitter and other social media outlets.
· Write online campaign materials, including website petition pages, tell-a-friend pages, social media content, etc.
· Develop and/or maintain a variety of websites in health care and non- health care sectors of the union.
· Identify opportunities for new campaigns and campaign partners.
· Systematically track and analyze data on online campaigns to maximize engagement, growth, effective advocacy and grassroots fundraising.
· Assist CWA staff in utilizing online and social media tools to advance their campaigns.
· Manage online supporter database and advocacy platform. Knowledge of HTML, CSS and other web standards.
· Work with CWA’s allies to integrate online campaigns, website and social media efforts with the work of our allies in labor and the progressive movement.

Requirements:
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
· At least 2 years’ experience planning and executing online campaigns, primarily using email.
· Exceptional and concise writing skills.
· Experience using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn and others to drive action and conversation.
· Experience researching online behavior of demographic groups and knowledge of resources available to enhance data for micro-targeting.
· Experience placing and optimizing online advertising, especially on Facebook and Search Engine Marketing.
· Must be steeped in the metrics of online organizing. Must be always looking to experiment, analyze and optimize.
· Ability to plan and manage complex projects and meet deadlines.
· Good political instincts. Experience with labor political or legislative advocacy campaigns preferred.
· Strong commitment to workers rights and social justice.
· Sense of humor is a big plus.

Salary: Starting salary range $55,000–$65,000, commensurate with experience. Includes medical and dental benefits.

To Apply: Please email a resume, a cover letter, a writing sample and three professional references to Robert Master or Debora Hayes (rmaster@cwa-union.org, dhayes@cwa-union.org) with CWA Health Care Digital Media Specialist in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Communications Workers of America, District One 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.

The Bus Hub

By Zenzile Greene

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Professor Kafui Attoh, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies here at the Murphy Institute, to discuss his original spoken word piece “The Bus Hub,” among several other spoken word pieces he created eight years ago. “The Bus Hub” is a brilliantly executed and thoughtfully arranged piece in which Attoh transforms his field notes at a Bus Hub in Syracuse into a multimedia work of art. By setting his field notes to an originally composed acoustic guitar loop, he makes a broad and vibrant observation of this pocket of the Syracuse urban landscape come alive with a bustling energy that should be familiar to most any East Coast city dweller. The litany of bus routes which act almost as a refrain pull the listener into a frenetic and detailed space wherein the narrator and witness transfers his system of record into a report of place, space, character, language, custom and condition.

A transcribed version of the “The Bus Hub” as well as other perspectives on this piece can be viewed in the ACME journal.

Worker Coops and Labor, Past and Future

By Liam K. Lynch

In a city becoming increasingly unaffordable and out of touch with the needs of city workers, and an urban society based in consumption, hyper-gentrification, luxury, commercial and tourist real estate, the need for economic alternatives and an offensive strategy to combat unsustainable practices looms large.

A study published earlier this year by the Center for Economic Opportunity revealed that almost half of New York City’s population is living near poverty. Moreover, City Comptroller Scott Stringer reported that over a period of 12 years between 2000-2012, rents increased by over 67%, while real median income dropped by almost 5%. With these numbers playing a real role in the lives of many here in the city, something needs to be done.

Worker-owned cooperatives may be an answer. Continue reading Worker Coops and Labor, Past and Future

THE GOOSEBUMPS ON RABBIT’S NECK IN CLEAR WRAP

By Linda Ashok

We are done weighing-
A kilo of pomegranate and guavas
Potatoes discounted at INR 28 a kilo
Sprigs of lotuses, 250 grams of masoor,
chillies and that’s it.

After my grandpa’s demise, my mother
Was worried if fish will ever become a part
of our meal again. His pension was the only
source for such delight.

But my job in Bank of America
reunited her with shoals of many; the prettiest
are the bonniest, we call them Hilsa and morola.

Look here she talks about meat
of higher animals! She has picked up
some recipe from Travel and Living
and wishes to try a different meat; oh she is a Hindu
at heart, beef is not what you should think

I fathom a tomato on the oven
Excruciating juice oozing from the burns
When you marinate in it, soft loaves of flesh
the risqué humour on the butcher’s eyes

Oh, we must look out for a suitable meat; avoid
the ones with terror in the neck and pits of limbs

Bhaiya, show me the ones
Without goose bumps, butchered unaware

Linda Ashok is the Founder/President of RædLeafPoetry-India (rlpoetry.org). She identifies herself as a pro-Tibetan and currently working on her second poetry manuscript. She tweets @thebluelimit