Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Start Date: As soon as possible
Minimum Education: None
Positions Available: 1
NOC Group: Community and Social Service Workers (4212)
NOC Job Title: Community Organization Worker
Expires in 0 days
Last Updated: 2021-05-06
New Westminster, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Worker Solidarity Network (WSN), formerly the Retail Action Network, is a non-profit worker centre dedicated to ending precarious work in B.C. Our goal is to build collective worker power through the key pillars of our work, which include: support, education, and advocacy for workers whose rights are violated; workplace based direct action campaigns that are worker-led and help recover stolen wages; and broader province-wide campaigning to raise workplace standards and strengthen labour protections.
In 2021, after five years as “the Retail Action Network” we officially changed our name and launched as the Worker Solidarity Network. With this shift our mandate has expanded to include a broader geographical scope and wider range of precarious work beyond the retail and restaurant sectors.
Bring your passion for community-based organizing and drive to improve working conditions and wages in low-wage work to this exciting new position. Your role will be key to growing our membership, building WSN’s worker center movement, and organizing for change that impacts precarious workers. The position combines outreach and membership building with worker support through our Solidarity Stewards Program. The purpose of the Solidarity Stewards Program is to help workers take action to get workplace justice and empower workers to organize for change.
Scope of the position:
Outreach and membership development:
Work with WSN staff, board and membership to develop and put into action a membership engagement and outreach strategy to build WSN’s worker membership on the lower mainland
Create and support WSN worker membership engagement activities on the mainland
Collaborate with WSN staff and members to grow campaigns and broaden WSN’s physical presence on the lower mainland (e.g. by organizing action days, leafleting, postering, conducting outreach to workers etc.)
Work with WSN staff and members to build the leadership of workers through membership organizer trainings for mainland membership (e.g. support the growth of regional training opportunities to help build community organizing skills among membership)
Solidarity stewards response:
Help workers navigate/learn about their legal rights, and point out the gaps in the law and how workers can organize for better working conditions
Respond to phone calls/emails from workers, offer support and seek to understand their experience of injustice
Educate workers about ways they can take action and organize for better working conditions (e.g. union drive, worker-led direct action campaign, filing complaints with government agencies)
Host wage-theft clinics in the community (and online) for low-wage workers to help workers handle wage theft problems
Assist workers in taking action by writing letters to employers demanding the recovery of stolen wages, and helping workers file complaints with the Employment Standards Branch
Maintain ongoing contact with workers to build relationships and make an otherwise bureaucratic process more human.
How to Apply
Expiring: May 25, 2021