Boycott Organizer

Local 8, Seattle, WA
Be a part of a movement of low wage workers that is confronting corporate greed and mistreatment of workers, raising the standards of service sector jobs, and winning dignity and respect on the job through solidarity and action.

Across the United States and Canada, our members (a majority of whom are women and immigrants) in the hotel and casino industries are standing in solidarity to defend their standards against corporations that are attempting to roll back hard-won decent wages, benefits and respect on the job. Additionally, non-union hotel and casino workers are fighting for the right to organize free from management intimidation and retaliation. Boycotts are a critical piece of our comprehensive campaigns.

UNITE HERE Local 8 represents over 3,000 hospitality workers, including hotel workers in downtown Seattle, SeaTac, Tacoma, and Olympia. UNITE HERE’s membership is very diverse, comprised largely of immigrants and including high percentages of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American workers – with a majority overall being women. Through organizing and winning good contracts, UNITE HERE members in Seattle and throughout North America have made hundreds of thousands of traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs.

Boycott Coordinators develop strategy to move customers from boycotted properties, work with worker committees and lead teams of volunteer activists to plan and carry out creative actions to help enforce boycotts. The work is typically 40% – Coordinating and executing creative actions at strategic locations to help enforce boycotts and 60% – Research and campaign related work.

Desired Qualifications:

• Applicants must be willing and able to travel to work sites, and relocate as necessary for campaigns;
• Must have passion for low wage and other worker struggles;
• Must have previous activist experience — boycott experience a plus;
• Must be assertive and have excellent language, writing and computer skills. Spanish language skills desired.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

• Researching hotel and casino clients;
• Developing and carrying out strategy to move clients from hotels and casinos that are driving down industry standards;
• Recruiting/developing/maintaining volunteer committees;
• Working with community and labor allies;
• Coordinating actions such as leafleting, delegations and marches, including frequent early morning actions.

How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and 1-3 pp. writing sample to Meg Robertson, mrobertson@unitehere.org