2021 member organizer position


OESPA and FEA (our state union) are launching another round of the Member Organizer Program to build activist and leadership skills among our members. You do not have to be an activist or union officer. You just have to be a union member with the desire to be a part of creating change in your workplace and community.

What is the program?

The FEA Member Organizer Program is a paid entry-level program to help you discover and develop your ability to be an organizer and leader. Your union provides the training, support and $20/hour compensation. You provide the drive and dedication.

What is a member organizer?

A member organizer is an FEA member who builds his or her union through outreach to other employees about their issues and rights in the workplace. A member organizer is committed to participating in local meetings, activities and organizing efforts.

Member organizers are expected to:

  • Spend 5- 7 hours a week performing activities related to the project, including having one-on-one conversations (in person and over the phone) and holding small-group meetings to talk with colleagues and other workers about their issues and rights in the workplace. Organizers will earn $20 an hour.
  • Conduct small-group meetings and one-on-one conversations in other locations; listen to and talk with workers; Make assessments, identify social networks and leaders, and move workers to action.
  • Use peer to peer texting, social media, VAN, Zoom and other technologies to organize members.
  • Participate in trainings and team activities, including daily phone/zoom check ins.
  • Assist with the logistics for project meetings and activities.
  • Help develop personalized organizing plans based on targeting and training.
  • Improve leadership skills in both the workplace and the community.
  • Maintain and coordinate database information on employees for organizing purposes and complete daily progress reports.
  • Have and be willing to use the necessary technology tools (smart phone, laptop, internet connection) to engage members.
  • Attend daily debriefs with FEA/NEA/AFT Staff.
  • Other duties as needed.

What qualifications do I need?

Participants must:

  • Be current members of their local union. Nonmembers will be considered only after they become members.
  • Submit an application and attend a training session if required.
  • Have a valid driver’s license, have an insured vehicle and be willing to drive routes as required. 
  • Be willing to engage with colleagues and other workers via house visits, canvassing, phone conversations, peer to peer texting, Zoom meetings, and worksite visits.
  • Have and be willing to use the necessary technology tools (smart phone, laptop, internet connection) to engage members.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this program, please fill out an application and send it to: orangeoespa@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, August 31 at 9PM.

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