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2020 AFSCME Union Scholars Program

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pleased to partner with Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program to sponsor the Union Scholars Program. AFSCME is one of the nation’s largest labor unions, representing public service employees and retirees across the country. Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, located in the Harvard Law School, is the university’s center for research, teaching and creative problem-solving related to the world of work.

The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship for students of color who are passionate about social justice, with an emphasis on workers’ rights. Entry to the Union Scholars Program is competitive.

Students will take part in a hands-on organizing experience with AFSCME members, and will enjoy an opportunity to travel and receive valuable, resume-building experience – all while getting paid.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate sophomore or junior at the time of the application and the interview process
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Be a college student of color including: African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latin American
  • Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor union movement
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Provide a faculty recommendation

Selection Process

  • It takes approximately a month to determine candidates that will move to the final phase of interviewing. This happens between the first and fourth weeks of March.
  • We will reach out to all candidates by phone or email to inform them if they will move on to the interviewing phase.
  • Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of April.
  • Selection of the cohort takes place in the second week of April.
  • We will reach out to make travel arrangements between April and May.
  • Orientation for the 2020 Union Scholars Program will take place June 5-7, 2020.

Selected Participants Will Receive:

Selected AFSCME Union Scholars will receive a three-day orientation to prepare for their internship. They will also receive a 10-week field placement in the summer of 2020, when the student will participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. Students who enter the program as sophomores are eligible to return for a second year. Returning students may receive a 10-week summer placement at AFSCME headquarters in Washington, D.C. All chosen candidates will receive the following:

  • A stipend
  • On-site housing
  • A three-day orientation and training program prior to the field assignment
  • A three-day debriefing program after the internship is completed
  • Upon successful completion of the program, an academic scholarship based on financial need

2020 Program Dates

  • For students on a semester schedule: June 8 – August 14
  • For students on a quarter schedule: June 15 – August 21


  • Conducts one-on-one organizing, recruits supporters and leaders and guides their activities on behalf of the union, under the direction of their supervisor and mentor
  • Recruits volunteer organizers from within the AFSCME membership
  • Visits job sites to communicate with workers
  • Visits workers in their homes
  • Informs supervisor & mentor of developments and progress of organizing activity
  • Completes weekly reports (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Submits videography footage (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Reports to and takes direction from supervisor
  • Collaborates with mentor on projects

The James Irvine Foundation Company Location Seeks Director of Program Development (DPD) (San Francisco, CA)


The Director of Program Development (DPD):

  • Identifies opportunities for new projects and initiatives, utilizing multisector partnerships, grantmaking, and other Foundation assets, to advance Irvine’s singular focus on a California where all low-wage workers have the power to advance economically
  • Builds relationships with leaders in other organizations (labor, private, public, and nonprofit) to develop opportunities into executable project/initiative pilot plans
  • Assesses those opportunities, using rigorous data analysis, to determine their potential for impact, their alignment with our strategy, approach, and existing initiatives, among other criteria
  • May lead pilots to understand potential impact of the opportunity, the partners, and the implementation challenges, including making grants to partner organizations
  • Designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder sessions to develop new ideas and/or integrate and collaborate with program staff
  • Works with the VP for Program Development, other senior staff (including the CEO), and the board, to determine whether and how to pursue opportunities
  • Develops implementation plans when it makes sense to do so, in concert with the VP for Program Implementation and team members drawn from across the foundation (as needed)
  • Synthesizes information and develops written summaries of new concepts and plans
  • As part of the portfolio team, works in partnership with other grantmaking staff to integrate new opportunities into the overall grantmaking portfolio

This role reports to Amy Saxton, Vice President for Program Development, who guides, mentors, and oversees the work. The DPD interacts frequently with the CEO, who provides overall leadership for the exploration of new opportunities for impact. The DPD partners with a second Director of Program Development, the VP for Program Implementation, and Initiative Leads on the Program Team to assess, plan, integrate, and implement new impact opportunities. This role supervises the work of an analyst who will structure and execute analysis to support assessment and development of opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to contribute to the mission of the Irvine Foundation and experience working in either/both of the private and public sectors; operational management experience, as well as experience developing effective relationships with senior leaders in other institutions. The right candidate will have demonstrated:

  • Strategy project management experience with cross-functional teams and external partners
  • An ability to lead hypothesis and data-driven issue analyses
  • Success developing talent
  • Extraordinary emotional intelligence, an orientation to collaboration, and an ability to build relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders across public, private, foundation, and nonprofit sectors
  • Excellent synthesis, presentation, facilitation, and communication skills
  • Experience and comfort with applying a racial equity lens to their work Experience with innovation, risk-taking, and a zest for learning from failure
  • Passion, commitment to, and urgency for Irvine’s mission
  • Curiosity, empathy, and courage

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to:

Email: hr@irvine.org

Website: www.irvine.org

Mail: The James Irvine Foundation

Human Resources Department

One Bush Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94104

The Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) Seeks Part-Time Organizers

The Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) is hiring a team of Part-Time Organizers to support full participation of New York City residents in the 2020 Census. CWE is an active partner of NYC CLC’s Labor Counts! Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.

The main objective of the Organizer position is to build census awareness in local communities, with a focus on New York City workers who reside in hard-to-count neighborhoods. Organizers will develop a depth of knowledge about the importance of the 2020 Census, engage in house visits, phone banking, other outreach activities and administrative support for approximately five months.

We are looking for individuals who have excellent communication skills and who have at least one year of experience in community advocacy and education. Fluency in a language other than English is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with basic data entry and technology tools. Work schedule will vary and may include nights and weekends, with a maximum of 20 hours a week. If you are interested in applying, please email your resume to dcorniel@cwe.org. Union members and households are strongly encouraged to apply!

UNI Europa Seeks Project Coordinator (Brussels)

Location: Brussels
Sector: Hair & Beauty
Salary Details: Competitive
Advertising End Date: 27 Jan 2020.

UNI Europa, the European services workers’ union, is seeking a Project Coordinator covering for the Hair & Beauty sectors for a 2 years’ contract.

The project coordinator will have a key role in assisting with the implementation of projects within the framework set by the Regional Secretary.

As the project coordinator within UNI Europa Hair & Beauty, you will have a key role in assisting with the implementation of this project. Some of these activities will include providing strategic input, conducting research and preparing documents, communicating with affiliates on important developments, as well as facilitating interactive workshops and other meetings.

Our organisation represents 270 trade unions with 7 million members throughout Europe in sectors such as Finance, Commerce, ICT, Post, Property Services, Graphical and Media. We promote and advocate workers and trade union interests towards EU institutions and multinational companies.

Candidates should send their application form by the 27th of January to Ms. Véronique Ernould, Director Human Resources and Office management, at ho.unieuropa@uniglobalunion.org with the subject heading “Vacancy – Project coordinator Hair and Beauty sectors”.

The aim is to hold interviews end of January/ February 2020.

Find all job specification details here.

New Labor Seeks Organizer (Lakewood, NY)

About us: New Labor is an organization of mostly low wage immigrant workers that educates, organizes and fights for better conditions of work. We are a membership based organization with centers in New Brunswick, Newark and Lakewood. Our goal is to make progressive change at the local and state levels through member driven trainings, actions and campaigns.

Position Description: New Labor seeks an energetic organizer for our Lakewood, NJ center. This position includes coordinating our Domestic Worker Campaign with member leaders to uphold local standards and fight for a statewide bill of rights.

Other responsibilities:
• Conduct regular recruitment to build our base of membership in the Lakewood area, including “equipo de la calle.”
• Maintain constant communication with member leaders to support their outreach and education efforts.
• Help identify and develop member leaders within the organization.
• Conduct 1 on1’s with members and potential members.
• Mobilization of members and community for actions and marches.
• Domestic Worker Campaign coordination, including: coordination of Comité de Trabajadoras Domésticas; survey work; leadership development and campaign strategy and tactics; interfacing with the National Domestic Worker Alliance; interfacing with member run private Facebook group and public Facebook page.
• Assist in facilitation of monthly meetings.
• Collaborate on creation and implementation of training/education curricula.
• Data entry of membership information and contact follow-up.
• Assistance and follow up with workplace problems intake.
• Coordination of monthly social events/topical workshops.
• Coordinate member workplace health and safety trainings.
• Outreach to build and maintain relationships with local and state partners.
• Support of New Labor campaigns including: temp worker bill of rights; workplace organizing and enforcement of worker labor law protections; drivers licenses implementation; ESL and workplace health and safety trainings.
• Will report to Director

A successful organizer will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and community organizing, as well as leadership development of members.
• Must be English/Spanish bilingual, speaking and writing.
• Domestic worker experience preferred.
• Experience working in the community/worker center/labor organizing.
• Familiarity with popular education.
• Drivers license preferred and able to drive.
• Proficient computer skills: database /graphic design knowledge helpful
• Able to work irregular hours, including weekends.
• Self motivated and able to handle multiple projects that can occur simultaneously
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

This is a full time union position

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Lou Kimmel, Director at lkimmel@newlabor.org with “organizer” in the email subject.

New Labor is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, immigrants, and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.