Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AFL-CIO Organizing Institute 12-week Paid Field Training Program

Organizing Institute

The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute matches recent college graduates and graduating seniors interested in careers in social and economic justice with AFL-CIO affiliate-unions looking to hire individuals enthusiastic about assisting workers gain respect and dignity in their workplace.  We also work with individual unions to assist with their recruitment and hiring needs of union organizers. 

We look to recruit, train and place passionate individuals into careers as union organizers to work with AFL-CIO affiliate unions.  Starting February 2013, the OI will direct several 3-day union organizer trainings throughout the United States.  During the 3-day trainings, participants will learn union organizing basics such as one-on-one communication skills as well as campaign and strategic planning skills.  Applicants selected from a training will be placed into a 12-week, paid ($500/weekly stipend minus taxes) Field Training Program as an apprentice with an AFL-CIO affiliate union. Transportation, health insurance and housing, if necessary, are provided during the apprenticeship.  Trainees who successfully complete the field training program will be offered a full-time position as a union organizer with one of our affiliate unions.  Salaries start at $35,000-$40,000 per year for entry level organizers, plus excellent benefits. 

Who We are Looking For?
Students that will be graduating this June and past graduates are a priority!  Individuals committed to social and economic justice; possess strong communication and leadership skills; possess a clean and valid drivers’ license.  People of Color, women and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  Since positions will be based in various locations throughout the US, applicants must be open to relocate to where positions are based.

This is a fantastic opportunity for May/June 2013 graduates and former students who have expressed an interest in careers where they have the opportunity to directly impact the lives of others and the communities in which they live.  If you know of any recent or past graduates who would be interested in these opportunities, please encourage them to apply to the program.  Also, feel free to pass this along to other faculty so they can get the word out to their students.

Those interested in applying should use the following link: .  If there are any complications with the online application process, please send an electronic application to   organizers@aflcio.orgApplication materials via website.  Should you have questions or wish to contact me regarding the program, I can be reached at 404-754-3186 and/or  They can also visit www.aflcio/ for more information. 

Ayketa Iverson, National Recruitment Coordinator
AFL-CIO Organizing Institute
404-754-3186 cell
404-766-5050 office

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