Central America Campaign Organizer

Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description

Global Labor Justice- International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) is a new merged organization  bringing strategic capacity to cross sectoral work on global value chains and labor migration  corridors. GLJ-ILRF holds global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their  supply chains; advances policies and laws that protect decent work and just migration; and  strengthens freedom of association, new forms of bargaining, and worker organizations.  

Position Summary 

GLJ- ILRF seeks a campaign organizer to build off of decades of work in Latin America  supporting union partners and migrant worker organizations in running multi-dimensional  transnational campaigns. The campaign organizer will be in direct contact with union leaders and union staff in Latin America and work to support them in leveraging power on companies  and governments in support of workers and migrant rights. The position reports to GLJ-ILRF’s  Field Director. Responsibilities include identifying arenas for union partners to pressure targets  in the US and other regions, co-developing campaign strategy proposals for partners, building  and executing rapid response to retaliation or other urgent requests from partners and overall  campaign coordination with partners, allies and GLJ-ILRF team members.  

Key Responsibilities  

Develop and maintain key partnerships with unions, union federations, independent worker  organizations and migrant worker organizations in Central America. 

• Build trust through deep and respectful listening and partnership that follows the lead  of directly affected worker organizations.  

• Work with new and existing partners to identify campaign priorities and surface  strategic fights.  

• Know the region: track and engage emerging political opportunities, social movements and trends.

Provide anti-retaliation support to Latin American union leaders and members who come  under threat for organizing, especially COLSIBA leadership. 

• Organize rapid response to retaliation including demonstration, petitions, etc. Work  with the communications department to secure media coverage when organizers suffer  reprisals for speaking out or come under attack for organizing. 

• Proactively work with partners to build anti-retaliation strategies.  

• Work with the Legal and Policy Director to engage government agencies and secure US  policy makers’ support to press for justice and protection for labor rights defenders. 

Coordinate with core partners, global allies and our team to co-develop campaign strategy  • Following the leadership of our partners in the region work to pull together the best  strategic thinking possible to offer to unions in the transnational fights.  

• Integrate the expertise of our team departments into strategy including  communications, research, strategic legal and congressional advocacy.  

• Learn, understand and manage the different interests of ally organizations and work to  build with aligned groups to support the core goals of our partners and of GLJ-ILRF.  

Exercise Campaign pressure  

• Following the leadership of our partners in the region coordinate comprehensive global  campaigns to pressure the company decision makers and government actors to support  the goals of workers.  

• Working with partners and our team, build and engage allies who can pressure the  company in various part of the world.  

• Execute escalating campaigns that systematically create a crisis for companies, so  workers win.  

Documentation and Research 

• Through deep accompaniment of core partners in the region draw lessons and look for  opportunities to bring strategic lessons from Central American to US and other regional  partners.  

• Work with core partners to document conditions towards campaign materials in  coordination with communications, policy, and research departments. 

Qualifications

• At least five years organizing experience in a labor or migrant rights organization/union  • Experience in corporate campaigns 

• Fluent in Spanish and English 

• Excellent communicator who can quickly understand new contexts and build trust • Excellent writing and editing skills 

• Highly organized and detail-oriented 

• Proficiency in tech skills to work remotely 

• Ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple work streams 

• Interest and availability to travel, particularly within Latin America

Values  

• Deep belief in the collective power of workers and worker organizations • Deep commitment to working in support and alliance with unions in Latin America • Humility and curiosity 

• Consciences about our role as a US based group collaborating with partners in Latin  America 

• Anti-racist and gender justice approach  

• Team player – collaborates cross project, default is to over communicate within the  team, constructive force for unity within the organization 

• Driven and self-motivated  

Preferred Qualifications: 

• Experience with corporate and financial accountability research 

• Knowledge and experience of regional and global labor and human rights accountability  mechanisms 

• Experience organizing workplace actions, demonstrations, creative actions, and  educational events 

• Experience with digital campaigning 

• Portuguese fluency 

• Experience as a trainer, workshop leader, public speaker 

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