Labor Representative/Organizer : Washington

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD)
AFSCME Local 206

Labor Representative/Organizer

Based in the Seattle/Tacoma, WA area
(some travel possible)

Founded by a private practice physician in 1972, over the last forty years the Union of American Physicians and Dentists has grown into the largest union representing licensed doctors in the United States. UAPD members in Washington work for the MultiCare healthcare system and the Swedish/Providence health care system, in both hospital and urgent care settings with new campaigns spreading across the region. Affiliated with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, UAPD is proud to bring the strength of the labor movement to the aid of working doctors and providers in the interest of better healthcare for all. There’s much to accomplish, and with the right personnel, we believe we can do it. Come join our team and be a part of a larger mission that will make an impact for years to come.

The majority of work will be in the Seattle/Tacoma area with some periods of extended travel possible.

Field Representative
Example of responsibilities:

  • Recruitment: Accountable for working with union leadership and stewards and recruiting new members to participate in union activities and political campaigns. Regular one-on-one contact with members will be required.
  • Leadership Development: Develop and maintain effective worksite leadership structures through the recruitment, training, and support of stewards and other union leaders. Build stewards’ councils, issue committees, and other leadership structures.
  • Communication: Maintain regular and effective communication with workers in assigned jurisdictions through personal visits, flyers, newsletters, phone calls, mailings, bulletin board postings, and meetings. Respond to telephone messages in a timely manner.
  • Representation: Interpret collective bargaining agreements and other relevant laws, codes, regulations, policies, and practices and assist union members in understanding their rights. Provide assertive and prepared advocacy, handle grievances, appeals, requests for hearings, and other formal personnel matters on behalf of union members. Aid attorneys and other union staff in the preparation of hearings, including investigation and preparation of witnesses and exhibits. Assist union members in achieving informal resolutions of work-related problems.
  • Collective Bargaining: Serve as lead negotiator or back-up negotiator for assigned bargaining units. Conduct bargaining surveys, salary surveys, and other research activities to strengthen the negotiating position of assigned bargaining units.
  • Issue Campaigns: Participate in the development and implementation of effective industry strategies and coordinated activities to raise standards. Identify significant worksite and/or departmental issues and develop strategies and tactics to effectively address them, including petitions, group grievances, work actions, media events, and legal actions.
  • Legislative and Electoral Campaigns: Participate in and recruit members to participate in legislative and electoral campaign activities, including lobbying, phone banking, letter-writing, door-to-door canvassing, and other activities.
  • Administration: Maintain a calendar which accurately documents past, present, and future activities, visits, and appointments in connection with work as a field representative. Maintain accurate records, including activity reports.
  • Assisting in new organizing. Working with the organizing department as needed.


  • Commitment to building long-term power for physicians and providers.
  • Background in labor and organizing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write reports, make presentations, facilitate meetings, and conduct trainings.
  • Private sector experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in bargaining contracts and union campaigns is preferred.
  • Knowledge of bargaining first (1st) contracts is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, work with a team, and to handle a fast-paced environment and multiple projects.
  • Ability to maintain good working relations with diverse membership and staff.


  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours and participate in all union wide activities.
  • Willingness to travel and work in different locations for determined periods of time.
  • You must possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.

Competitive salary with a benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, pension plan, 401k, 3 weeks of vacation time, comp time, sick leave, 13 holidays, phone allowance, mileage reimbursement and more.

Women & people of color are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a current résumé, with references and a cover letter expressing what their commitment and interest in the labor movement is in order to be considered for the position

Please submit cover letter and résumé to attention Doug Chiappetta at:

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

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