Business Agent : California

California District Council 57

Business Agent

Based in the Greater SF Bay Area, CA
(Local Government)

AFSCME Council 57 currently has a Business Agent positions open in the Greater Bay Area (Local Government). Business Agents are the field staff at Council 57 who work directly with local unions.

Job Description:
The Union Business Agent position provides the full range of representation to members in their assigned areas. This includes grievance handling through the arbitration level; contract negotiations; assisting, developing, training, and mentoring the elected leadership of Local Unions; appearances before governmental Councils, Boards and Commissions; working with coalitions and other labor organizations; political action; internal communications programs; and internal organizing.

Job Duties:

  • Negotiate or assist in contract negotiations, including proposal development, contract campaigns, and negotiations.
  • Train and assist stewards and officers in representation work, including grievances and disciplinary appeals up to and including arbitrations.
  • Provide training and assistance in the administration of local unions.
  • Assist leaders in the creation of local union newsletters and other communications.
  • Work with leaders in the development and implementation of worksite issue campaigns.
  • Train and assist leaders in the development of political and legislative action programs, including assessing potential candidates for office, recruiting and training member political activists, and lobbying elected officials.
  • Assist and train leaders to build stronger locals through internal organizing, agency shop and/or external organizing campaigns.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • Three or more years of related work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of labor unions and labor relations issues in the public and private sector.
  • Ability to establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social, and economic groups.
  • Experience in advocacy and leadership development.
  • Proven effectiveness in working with local union activists.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Quick learner possessing strong interest and working knowledge of labor rights and contract language.
  • Extensive project management experience in a high-stress environment.
  • Research and analytical skills necessary to assess and plan effective projects.
  • Ability to deal with conflicting and changing priorities.
  • Experienced in the use of most widely used computer programs, familiar with desktop publishing and social media.
  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • A willingness to work long and irregular hours and participate in all Council-wide activities.

To Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter including area of interest, a résumé and three references to Danielle Dixon at All emails should include AFSCME Council 57 Business Agent Posting in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.

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