Category Archives: Uncategorized

Greater Minnesota Worker Center Organizing Job Opportunities

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center currently is looking for organizers to work in the St Cloud area. Check out these two positions that are currently available.

  1.  Job Posting: Bilingual English/Spanish Organizer

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center is a community-based organization that organizes low-wage workers in the Greater St. Cloud area. We bring together low-wage workers with community leaders to bring about positive change for workers in the community and on the job. We build power for low-wage workers through organizing, education, advocacy, and leadership development strategies.

We are hiring an organizer to build workers’ committees in the Latino community in Greater St. Cloud, Cold Spring, Willmar, and other areas across Central and Western Minnesota. Our mission is to bring together workers across ethnic backgrounds to advocate for changes on the job, this organizer would be tasked with building membership amongst Spanish-speaking workers to strengthen our broad committee of low-wage workers, especially in strategic industries.  This organizer will work with the board and organizers to build a multi-lingual, multi-cultural committee of workers supporting each other’s struggles for justice.

Duties:

  • Recruit, train, and develop worker leaders
  • Develop workers into members, member organizers, and leadership positions
  • Increase formal membership and general participation especially with Latino workers in the organization
  • Lead trainings on workers’ rights: health and safety, organizing, unemployment, workers comp, etc.
  • Lead trainings on immigration oriented topics: DACA/DAPA, naturalization, etc.
  • Identify and craft strategic industry campaigns, pursuing potential communities of interest in meatpacking, agriculture, construction, and other low-wage sectors
  • Support local, state, and federal issue campaigns for immigration reform
  • Participate in Democracy 2050 political education program with low-income workers and people of color
  • Build strategic relationships with community allies (politicians, non-profits, faith, academic, labor)
  • Support fundraising and reporting with funders
  • Use google forms and database to track worker contacts and activities
  • Any other duties as may be assigned

Reports To: Executive Director 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated, ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Ability, willingness to interpret in multi-lingual settings
  • 1-2 years of worker (preferred) or similar direct action organizing
  • Strong, demonstrated campaign planning and strategic planning skills
  • Strong commitment to social and economic justice
  • Experience working with diverse communities and as a part of a diverse team
  • Proven ability to generate written reports quickly and efficiently
  • Strong attention to detail and highly receptive to interpersonal dynamics
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license, automobile (to be used for work purposes) and auto insurance

Desired Skills

  • Proven ability to fundraise from union organizations, government grants or foundations
  • Union organizing experience
  • Experience as a lead on worker organizing campaigns

Salary

Commensurate with experience, includes healthcare and retirement.

Send Resumes to:

GMWC

Attn: Ahmed Ali, Executive Director

2719 West Division Street, Suite 122

St. Cloud, MN 56301

 

Or by email to:

d.moerke@vastbb.net

Put GMWC Job Opportunity in subject line.

 

2. Job Posting: Bilingual English/Somali Organizer 

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center is a community-based organization that organizes low-wage workers in the Greater St. Cloud area. We bring together low-wage workers with community leaders to bring about positive change for workers in the community and on the job. We build power for low-wage workers through organizing, education, advocacy, and leadership development strategies.

We are hiring an organizer to build workers’ committees in the Somali community in Greater St. Cloud, Cold Spring, Willmar, and other areas across Central and Western Minnesota. Our mission is to bring together workers across ethnic backgrounds to advocate for changes on the job, this organizer would be tasked with building membership amongst Somali-speaking workers to strengthen our broad committee of low-wage workers, especially in strategic industries.  This organizer will work with the board and organizers to build a multi-lingual, multi-cultural committee of workers supporting each other’s struggles for justice.

Duties:

  • Recruit, train, and develop worker leaders
  • Develop workers into members, member organizers, and leadership positions
  • Increase formal membership and general participation especially with Somali workers in the organization
  • Lead trainings on workers’ rights: health and safety, organizing, unemployment, workers comp, etc.
  • Lead trainings on immigration oriented topics: DACA/DAPA, naturalization, etc.
  • Identify and craft strategic industry campaigns, pursuing potential communities of interest in meatpacking, agriculture, construction, and other low-wage sectors
  • Support local, state, and federal issue campaigns for immigration reform
  • Participate in Democracy 2050 political education program with low-income workers and people of color
  • Build strategic relationships with community allies (politicians, non-profits, faith, academic, labor)
  • Support fundraising and reporting with funders
  • Use google forms and database to track worker contacts and activities
  • Any other duties as may be assigned

Reports To: Executive Director 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated, ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Bilingual English/Somali
  • Ability, willingness to interpret in multi-lingual settings
  • 1-2 years of worker (preferred) or similar direct action organizing
  • Strong, demonstrated campaign planning and strategic planning skills
  • Strong commitment to social and economic justice
  • Experience working with diverse communities and as a part of a diverse team
  • Proven ability to generate written reports quickly and efficiently
  • Strong attention to detail and highly receptive to interpersonal dynamics
  • Proficiency in English and Somali
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license, automobile (to be used for work purposes) and auto insurance

Desired Skills

  • Proven ability to fundraise from union organizations, government grants or foundations
  • Union organizing experience
  • Experience as a lead on worker organizing campaigns

Salary

Commensurate with experience, includes healthcare and retirement.

Send Resumes to:

GMWC

Attn: Ahmed Ali, Executive Director

2719 West Division Street, Suite 122

St. Cloud, MN 56301

Or by email to:

d.moerke@vastbb.net

Put GMWC Job Opportunity in subject line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workers Memorial Day

Fullscreen capture 4142016 13112 PM

MOURN FOR THE DEAD

FIGHT FOR THE LIVING

 

April 28, 2016 at 11 A.M.

4150 2nd Ave S,

St. Cloud, MN 56301

 

Join us on Workers Memorial Day to memorialize workers who lost
lives or were injured on the job. We will release the results of our
preliminary Central MN Poultry Workers Survey, highlighting evident occupational health and safety violations. Bathroom Breaks, Line Speed, Unfair Firing Practices, and Religious Discrimination are major concerns for GNP workers. #Fight4theLIVING

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

For more information on workplace safety and health contact

             Minnesota OSHA at (651) 284-5050

or osha.compliance@state.mn.us

Greater Minnesota Worker Center joins nationwide strike on November 10

Read about the activities at the Union Advocate:

 

In Minneapolis, striking workers revive campaign for Working Families Agenda

 

In addition to targeting fast-food restaurants and retail cleaning Nov 10 GMWC SA MG.jpg1contractors, the strike took aim at Super America. The Minnesota-based chain of gas stations has come under fire from workers in St. Cloud, organizing with Working America and the Greater Minnesota Worker Center, for its hiring practices.

Workers have been asking the company for a meeting about the issue for months, said Makaida Garrett, a mother of five who has worked at a Super America in St. Cloud for about a year. Meanwhile, she continues to earn just $9.50 per hour and was recently passed over for a management-track position.

“There are many women and people of color who work at this company but are not properly represented in management,” Garrett said. “We are no longer asking for that meeting; we are demanding that they meet with us.”

Makaida Kaide Garrett , SA worker and Greater Minnesota Worker Center member speaking to the crowd.