YWU is hiring.

Retail Worker Outreach and Education Coordinator/Organizer

The Organization:
Founded in 2002, Young Workers United is the nation’s first worker center for young workers. We’re committed to building a multi-racial, worker-led organization that unites young and immigrant workers from restaurants, retail and school campuses. Our mission is to raise standards in the low-wage service sector through workplace organizing, policy campaigns, and education. Some of our accomplishments include collecting over half a million dollars in back wages for workers and creating and passing the first paid sick leave legislation in the nation.

The Job:

YWU is seeking an experienced, talented, and committed organizer to join our staff  to educate & organize young and immigrant workers in the low-wage service sector of San Francisco. Duties will include: worker and student outreach, public speaking, organizing and facilitating labor law training’s, managing and filing wage claims with city agency, monthly reporting, volunteer recruitment and worker leadership development.

YWU will be embarking on organizing with retail workers under the new SF Retail Worker Bill of Rights. Working in collaboration with the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement and the SF Worker Rights Community Collaborative, this position will be a pilot to organizing and educating workers in the retail industry. This will require strategy on new targets and implementing new outreach and organizing methods.

•       At least 3 years experience as an organizer. Lead organizer and/or labor organizing experience preferable.
•       Must speak English and Spanish fluently. Ability to translate.
•       Commitment to worker and member leadership in all aspects of the organization’s work.
•       Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision; must be well organized, persistent, and self-motivated.
•       Commitment to gender, racial, social, and economic equality.
•       Dedication to improving the position of working people through direct action, community relations, and legislative campaigns.
•       Ability to work cooperatively with staff, with equal responsibility for decision-making and planning.
•       Strong organizational, writing, communication and interpersonal skills.
•       Must be good with people and able to make people feel comfortable.

Additional Qualifications:
•       Knowledge of local policy campaigns and experience with campaign planning and development
•       Familiarity with SF, CA labor law and union/community organizing.
•       Experience working and/or organizing in restaurants, retail or other service sector jobs
•       Experience working with multiracial, low-wage communities.
•       Experience with popular education teaching and curriculum development
•       Experience with consensus decision-making and meeting facilitation
•       Experience with interpretation and translation

Employment Terms: 1 year contract with possibility of extension. Healthcare benefits after probationary period.

To Apply: E-mail resume and cover letter to: Young Workers United Hiring Committee, youngworkersunited@gmail.com.

Jobs With Justice 5th Year Anniversary

The Jobs With Justice San Francisco’s 5th year anniversary celebration is less than 4-weeks away!  JWJ has an incredible event planned this year with special guest Angela Davis, inspiring honorees, live music, great food and drinks! Come join us in celebrating the labor community victories and accomplishments!

To Buy Tickets Click HERE!

For questions contact solidarity@jwjsf.org or call (415) 967-3710

PWA 5th Year Anniversary

The Workers United Will Never Be Defeated:
Progressive Workers Alliance 5th Year Anniversary Cultural Night and Celebration

On Saturday Aug 22 2015, the Progressive Workers Alliance (PWA)celebrated 5 years of strategic organizing and collective action! PWA is a coalition made up of Young Workers United, Chinese Progressive AssociationFilipino Community CenterMujeres Unidas y ActivasDay Laborer Program and La Colectiva.

PWA has uplifted the voices and issues of immigrant and low-wage workers in various industries throughout the City of San Francisco, and we ask you to join us in celebrating our victories. PWA has taken on campaigns to raise the San Francisco Minimum Wage, pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and also end wage theft.

In an era of austerity, corporatization, deportations, gentrification, rising inequality and attacks on organized labor–worker centers and grassroots organizations have continued to organize and build the collective power of low-wage workers across different sectors of work from restaurants, retail, care-homes, day labor and domestic work.

As part of celebrating five years as an alliance, PWA was able to host a forum on community-based worker organizing that highlighted the urgent issues that impact low-wage workers and the various strategies that are implemented to fight exploitation. The forum had speakers and workshops that focused on immigrant worker issues, the fight for just wages, the campaign to end wage theft, and racial justice in the workplace. The workers forum concluded with a cultural solidarity night with performances, dancing and food.

Need Help Understanding Your Rights? Or Understanding The Retail Worker Bill Of Rights?

We can come by to do presentations at your class, organization, club, and sorority / fraternity!

Types of presentations we do:

  • 10-15 minute overview of our current projects and volunteer/intern opportunities
  • 30 minute presentation about working conditions and organizing in the low-wage service sector.
  • 45-1 hour Know Your Rights on the Job training including the basics of organizing and focused on issues of Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave and Healthcare Security Ordinance.
  • 45-1 hour on the new Retail Worker Bill of Rights, this new law focuses on chain stores in SF. It targets things like on call shifts, gaining access to full time scheduling and two weeks advanced notice for workers.

Call or email us to set up a time!

Julieta Dela Cruz Yang – Domestic Worker Sues Tech Executives

img_3112_1_A former domestic worker has filed a lawsuit against her former San Francisco employer who are top tech executives at AirBnB and Uber. Julieta said the couple underpaid her for years and the husband sexually harassed her.


Check out more of her story at the following sites:

People Power Media  //  CBS Local // NY Daily News //  Think Progress

Helping with her case are Filipino Community CenterAsian Law CaucusMigrante SF, and  Women’s Employment Rights Clinic