San Francisco, CA 94110
Workers’ Advocate Volunteer Opportunity Announcement SF Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective The San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective (DLP/WC) is a grassroots-organized program deeply rooted in the community with strong support of key stakeholders. For over 20 years, the DLP/WC has been extremely successful at uniting, empowering, and organizing immigrant workers for dignified work and fair wages in San Francisco. Workers are organized in two collectives, one of men and one of women, to build collective power, develop skills, and operate a business. Members of the collectives work together to eradicate the injustices that affect day laborers and domestic workers, fostering an organized environment where all workers can build their dignity, power and leadership. Members share a vision of a community where day laborers and domestic workers have the same opportunities and rights than any other worker. They accomplish this by offering each other opportunities to learn, work and participate in the movement of immigrant and domestic workers. The collectives are co-founders and leaders in the National Day Labor Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Progressive Workers Alliance, California Domestic Workers Coalition, Jobs with Justice, San Francisco Rising, among others. In 2015, the DLP/WC started an exciting reorganization process with the objective of establishing a more sustainable and scalable model that enhances the impact of the program in the lives of immigrant workers. The DLP/WC is looking for a worker advocate that can support the operations of the worker center. The ideal candidate is a passionate individual with advanced skills in negotiation and advocacy. Candidates must be available for 2 hours in person and 8 remotely each week. Position Objective: This position negotiates and advocates for workers’ fair wages. This position is part of a volunteer team that supports the operations of the worker center. It is directed to transforming the lives of low-wage immigrant workers at a personal level, in order to develop leaders who can promote the dignity of their work and transform the industries in which they work. This position has the following responsibilities. Responsibilities: Receive and review wage-theft claims made by workers in a timely manner Interview affected worker(s) to better understand the details of the claim Contact employers involved in the claim to better understand their perspective on the matter Act as a fair negotiator between employer and worker, advocating for fair wages Document the case progress as conversations move forward Follow up with employer and worker with negotiation outcomes so they take appropriate actions Confirm with worker that both worker and employer have taken agreed actions Make appropriate internal and external case referrals if/when needed Document case outcome in a timely manner Report cases statuses weekly at member meetings Expected Commitment: 2 hours per week in-person to report case status 8 hours per week remotely to process claims Desired Skills: Highly developed communication and negotiation skills Bilingual in Spanish and English Commitment to social justice, specifically worker and immigrant rights Compassionate and caring approach to supporting immigrant workers High level of professionalism Extremely organized and highly motivate
Date Posted: Oct 5, 2016
Volunteer On-the-job Coaches inspire, guide and support immigrant workers to discover and develop English language and computer skills to fulfill and improve their work performance. This position is part of a volunteer team that supports the operations of the worker power center and the worker collectives. It is directed to transforming the lives of low-wage immigrant workers at a personal level, in order to develop leaders who can promote the dignity of their work and transform the industries in which they work. This coaching role has a large impact on our leaders, members and the immigrant community at large. It is with the support of their coaches, that leaders are able to succeed in decision-making and action-taking of our wage theft clinic, promotion of work, fundraising, and strengthening our partnerships with community and political allies. In a short period, your time will make a sizable difference. Time Commitment: Coaches and coachees meet 2-3 hours every week, and can choose to work together at our Computer Lab located in the Mission district. The engagement can last 4-6 -- and some coaches choose to stay on for much longer. Benefits of Participation: Professional development for supervising and motivating other workers Increased earning potential and career advancement Opportunity to make a positive impact for immigrant workers Manageable time commitment Responsibilities: To inspire, coach and support workers in: Reading and replying to e-mail messages written in English Utilizing smart phones, office phones, and digital organizers as work tools Having phone conversations in an organized and professional manner Mastering the art of scheduling and planning work Utilizing Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, Voice, and/or similar tools to produce written documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. in English Conducting job-related functions that can vary according to each specific job Complete a post-session survey to let us know how it went To evaluate worker’s skills development and suggests additional trainings and supports Desired Skills: Highly developed communication skills and lots of patience Highly proficient in the English language and computer skills Commitment to social justice, specifically women’s and immigrant rights Compassionate and caring approach to supporting immigrant workers Ability to work in a democratic decision-making model with staff and members Highly motivated and extremely organized Spanish speaking skills a plus, but absolutely not required ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DAY LABOR PROGRAM AND WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE Founded in 1991 DLP/WC unites, empowers and organizes immigrant workers to access dignified work and fair wages by building collective power, developing skills, and operating businesses. The DLP/WC power center offers on-demand labor for environmentally-conscious cleaning services, childcare, patient care, moving, hauling, painting, yard work, handyman repairs, installations and more. The San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective of Dolores Street Community Services is an equal-opportunity employer that seeks applicants of the greatest diversity possible, including women, people of color, lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender individuals, people living with HIV and persons with disabilities.
Date Posted: Oct 26, 2015