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Black Friday Protests

On the eve of what is — for many Americans — the biggest consumer holiday of the year, many of us in the labor movement are making plans to voice our discontent with the exploitative practices that fuel Black Friday.

Check out blackfridayprotests.org to learn how you can come out tomorrow and support Walmart workers in their fight for rights and fair standards.

Need some convincing? Watch this video from Robert Reich on How 1.4m Americans Could Get a Raise Right Now:


Photo by UFCW Local400 via flickr (CC-BY).

Italians Demonstrate in Opposition to Jobs Act

In Italy, a proposed change in labor laws has demonstrators taking the streets. Known as the Jobs Act, this as-yet unwritten law is seen as a “rolling back” of labor protections, that many protestors see as an erosion of rights for those living in increasingly precarious situations.

According to an article in the New York Times by Elisabetta Povoledo last week,

…in a country where the first article of the Constitution declares it a republic “founded on work,” rolling back labor protections is not to be taken lightly. It is particularly telling that many of those opposing Mr. Renzi’s plans are young people.

They are deeply skeptical that the proposed change would in fact open jobs to them — so many other overhaul efforts before it have failed to do so. Instead, they are demanding the same guarantees that their parents have had, something it is not at all clear Italy can still afford.

“All he’s doing is destroying the rights of full-time workers without giving rights to people in precarious job situations,” said Francesco Raparelli, 36, one of the coordinators of a nationwide strike last Friday by thousands of workers who hold temporary contracts.

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Research & Education Specialist with Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Kensington, Maryland)

The BCTGM Research & Education Department supports the vision and mission of the BCTGM International Union. The Department provides corporate research and analysis in support of organizing
and negotiations; maintains a comprehensive contract database; administers the International Union’s education programs; and advocates and works for stronger worker safety and health protections and worker rights.

Duties and Responsibilities (Corporate Research):
• Conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including financial analysis, industry, corporate and issue research.
• Prepare corporate profiles (for use in organizing campaigns and negotiations), and track, research and monitor corporate activities.
• Plan, research, write and edit quality research products including reports, presentations, issue briefs, fact sheets, talking points, letters, speeches, websites, articles and other educational and advocacy materials.

Duties and Responsibilities (Education):
• Assist in designing, developing and delivering curricula for local union officers, members, and International staff on a wide variety of topics aligned with the vision of the International Union.
• Identify the needs of local union officers, stewards, and staff, and help to provide opportunities for education at every level.
• Perform other duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities (Health & Safety):
• Monitor developments on safety and health issues and conduct research and respond to requests for information on safety and health issues.
• Assist with researching and writing comments on proposed safety and health regulations and legislation.
• Create communication and advocacy materials and assist with developing training materials.

Duties and Responsibilities (Contract Administration):
• Receive and file contract settlement reports.
• Maintain and update comprehensive contract database (in Microsoft Access).
• Prepare reports and presentations using information from the database.

Requirements and Qualifications:
• An advanced degree in labor relations, industrial relations, law, economics or business, or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent relevant experience.
• Experience in advanced corporate research, labor education, and/or occupational safety and health.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and timely analysis of current issues, present oral presentations to large groups of people, and produce comprehensive written reports.
• Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills. Ability to take direction.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
• Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, spreadsheet programs and database design and management, and developing interactive PowerPoint and/or web-based presentations.
• Flexibility to travel out of state and/or work irregular hours.
• Ability to speak and write in Spanish is an asset.

Compensation and Hours of Work:
• Competitive salary commensurate with experience
• 40 hour work week
• Full health benefits
• Defined benefit pension plan
• 401k plan

Application Procedure:
A person interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of application and a résumé. The letter of application should describe the candidate’s experience in bargaining, advocacy, research, training and organizing. Please submit applications to:

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
International Union
Attn: Matthew Clark
Director, Research & Education Department
10401 Connecticut Ave
4th Floor
Kensington, MD 20895
mclark@bctgm.org  Fax: 301-946-8452