Job Posting: UNITE HERE Local 40 Temporary Contract Enforcement Organizer

UNITE HERE Local 40, BC’s union for hospitality workers, is seeking an entry-level or experienced Contract Enforcement Organizer to work with members on workplace issues. Organizers work with members to build the leadership and solidarity necessary to build a progressive and strong labour union.

UNITE HERE is a progressive labour union, representing more than 270,000 workers in the hotel and food service industries across North America. These industries employ large numbers of women, recent immigrants and people of colour. For more information on UNITE HERE, please visit www.unitehere.org


Innovative organizing campaigns, deep rank-and-file member engagement and leadership development, as well as our strong training program make UNITE HERE an exciting place to create change and build power with workers in the service industry.

UNITE HERE’s goal is to not only organize non-union workers and win campaigns, but also to train effective progressive labour leaders and organizers who can develop creative and strategic campaigns to change the economic balance of power in North America.

Job Requirements:
– Commitment to fight for justice and organize the unorganized.
– Commitment to rank and file leadership development
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– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to move workers to take collective action and build power.
– Experience in a unionized environment and with grievances preferred

–Willingness to learn advanced grievance procedure work including but not limited to arbitrations, union negotiations, and Labour Board proceedings.
– Valid driver’s license and own car
 preferred.
– Previous experience as an organizer in the student, immigrant, LGBT, or environmental movement is valued.

 

This is a temporary 3 to 6-month position with possible extensions beyond that.  Full time and part time options are available.

To apply for the Organizer position, please email your resume and cover letter to Mike Biskar at [email protected].

 

Press Release: More LNG camp workers calling on LNG Canada to deliver 12% wage increases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, BC — Contracted LNG camp workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 40, held a press conference this morning calling on LNG Canada and JGC Fluor to increase wages for contracted hospitality workers at the LNG site.  JGC Fluor recently provided 12% increases to the BC Building Trades to address the skyrocketing cost of living and inflation but did not extend the same increases to hospitality workers. Contracted janitors, housekeepers, front desk, and culinary employees are among the lowest paid workers along the LNG pipeline.

Hundreds of workers from Sitka Lodge, Horizon North Dexterra at LNG, and at Crossroads Lodge recently delivered a petition to JGC Fluor demanding the company behind the multi-billion dollar project provide them the same increases that other LNG workers received.  JGC Fluor is the prime contractor for LNG Canada.

Other workers left out of 12% wage increases include Sodexo camp workers, the largest group of contracted hospitality workers at the LNG site.  UNITE HERE Local 40 sent a letter to JGC Fluor on behalf of Sodexo workers at Cedar Valley Lodge requesting the same increase.

Neither JGC Fluor or LNG Canada have responded to the workers’ petition or the letter.

“Why are we being treated like we’re second class?  We’ve played a critical role during the pandemic making sure the LNG plant runs smoothly and protecting people’s health and safety. LNG Canada/JGC Fluor seems to recognize that workers facing rapid inflation are struggling to support their families but have forgotten those of us who live paycheque to paycheque,” said Bonnie Julien, a contracted janitor at the LNG site.

For more information: contact Mike Biskar, (604) 862-5982, [email protected], or Michelle Travis, (778) 960-9675, [email protected]

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UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality workers’ union and represents members in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at UniteHereLocal40.org.

 

 

UNITE HERE Local 40 (Vancouver) Job Posting: Communications Specialist (F/T)

UNITE HERE Local 40 is a progressive labour union, dedicated to creating greater equality and opportunity for workers in the hospitality industry. Communications Specialists are embedded in local worker campaigns and play a crucial role in designing comprehensive communications strategies using digital platforms, earned media and multi-media tools to raise the visibility of worker struggles. As a Communications Specialist with UNITE HERE Local 40, you will be part of a team that empowers people in low-wage service sector jobs to achieve better wages and benefits, dignity and basic rights at work.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, messaging and materials for effective communication with multiple audiences, including news media, the general public, union members and allies
  • Planning and implementing earned media outreach, including pitching news stories, organizing media events, and training union members to be spokespeople
  • Writing materials for public audiences, including leaflets, newsletters, web content, emails, news releases, fact sheets, social media posts, ads, and other content
  • Adapting written and visual materials for effective use on multiple platforms, including social media, digital advertising, email and petition platforms, and other media 
  • Collaborating with union leadership to develop, plan and lead communications strategies that support workers’ organizing and contract campaigns and analyzing effectiveness of strategies to improve campaigns
  • Writing member communications, including regular newsletters, mass texts and emails
  • Managing Local 40’s website and social media accounts and regularly creating engaging content, including documenting events and actions, taking photos and video, and posting content to various platforms

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Organizing and/or campaign experience
  • BA degree or relevant work experience, with a minimum of one-year experience working in communications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the capacity to meaningfully engage with and frame issues for people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Proven ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadline
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work occasional long or irregular hours during times of critical campaign need
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with creative media production in one more of the following areas: web development, graphic design, photography, and/or video production/editing
  • Experience with Web-based services for mass email (e.g. Action Network, MailChimp, NationBuilder) and mass texting (e.g. EZ Texting, Hustle, Mobile Commons, etc) a plus
  • Experience with social media platforms and advertising on them a plus
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply for this position: please send your resume, cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job and how you are best suited to the position, along with a sample of your work t0 [email protected]

Media Advisory: Contracted LNG Hospitality Workers to hold Press Conference (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:00AM)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

UNITE HERE Local 40 to hold Press Conference and call on JGC Flour to deliver 12% wage increases to contracted LNG hospitality workers

WHAT: UNITE HERE Local 40 will hold a press conference next Wednesday, September 14, to urge JGC Flour to increase wages for contracted hospitality workers along the LNG project. JGC Flour recently provided 12% increases to the BC Building Trades to address the skyrocketing cost of living and inflation. They did not extend the same increases to contracted janitors, housekeepers, front desk, and culinary employees who are among the lowest paid workers along the LNG pipeline.

Hundreds of workers from Sitka Lodge, Horizon North Dexterra at LNG, and at Crossroads Lodge have signed a petition to JGC Flour demanding the company behind the multi-billion dollar project provide them with the same increases that other LNG workers received. UNITE HERE Local 40 also sent a letter on behalf of Sodexo workers at Cedar Valley Lodge requesting the same increase. Sodexo workers make up the largest group of contracted hospitality workers on site.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, at 8:00 AM

 WHERE: Outside LNG site front gates (Kitimat, BC)

Media availability with UNITE HERE Local 40 representatives and contracted hospitality workers after the press conference.

For more information: contact Mike Biskar, (604) 862-5982, [email protected], or Michelle Travis, (778) 960-9675, [email protected]

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UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality workers’ union and represents members in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at UniteHereLocal40.org.

 

 

Local 40 retraction of false statement made about Civeo

Please see the linked website for an update regarding Civeo employees at the Sitka Lodge: http://www.civeoworkersunited.org