Careers


 

Join the fight!

         

If you want to further the cause of social justice, and if you believe that doing so requires changing the distribution of power in society, then you should consider devoting your energy and talents to rebuilding the American labor movement.

Labor unions have done more than any other institution in this country to challenge the power of the wealthy in America and improve the lives of working families.

Unions attack the symptoms and the causes of injustice by making major, tangible improvements in the lives of working people and by putting collective power in their hands.

If you have the drive and determination to make a difference with your life, union organizing is some of the most rewarding work you can do.

 

What Local 25 means to its members

Our union represents over 6,500 hotel workers in Washington D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia. Our members are the men and women who check guests in, cook and serve food and drink, make beds, scrub tubs, and do all the other hard work that makes the hotel industry in our Nation’s Capital highly profitable.

In April 2012, we signed the best contract in our union’s history, guaranteeing that union hotel jobs in the D.C. area are excellent, middle-class jobs. Despite a stagnant U.S. economy, our members have won annual wage increases, employer-paid healthcare benefits, and pensions.

In our new contract, we also won strong protections for immigrant workers, ensuring that our members will not have to live in fear of discrimination or harassment because of their country of origin.

            

What Local 25 means to Washington DC

            

Our union is a major force keeping middle class jobs in Washington, D.C.  As in many cities across the country, the cost of living in the District is skyrocketing. At the same time, Washington, D.C. has become a highly lucrative site for multinational real estate corporations. Developers are undertaking massive redevelopment in the city—often in reckless fashion, driving out of the city the people who have historically made the District the vibrant, welcoming, and unique place that it is. We are one of the only organizations in the region with enough power to ensure that new development is responsible and brings good jobs to the city.

Becoming an organizer

            

Local 25 is currently looking for talented, hard-working, practical, tough-minded college graduates to work as union organizers.  Union organizing is a difficult job requiring the right kind of personality, unusual determination, and unique skills and abilities.  Many capable people are not cut out to be organizers.

If you come to work for Local 25, you will start out doing internal organizing.  The job of internal organizers is to increase the power of the union by recruiting, training, and motivating a network of rank-and-file leaders who build strong support and ownership for the union among our members.

Together, organizers and member-leaders educate members about the union; turn out large numbers of members for union actions such as picket lines, rallies, and volunteer political campaigns; and alert the elected leadership to important situations in the hotels.

Working as an internal organizer teaches you about the union, the hotel industry, the union contract, the jobs our members do, and the conditions in which they work. It helps you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to organize non-union hotels, known as external organizing. External organizing is particularly challenging work.

All applicants hired will spend several months training with experienced organizers with the New York Hotel Trades Council in New York City.

Internal organizer positions offer strong prospects for advancement. Resourceful and committed staff members who become familiar with the union's operations and distinguish themselves will have numerous opportunities for rewarding and interesting work.

Wanted: Organizers-in-training

The hotel industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of our local economy, and generates large profits. This industry has the potential to be a source of good middle-class jobs, provided workers have the power to demand good wages and benefits from their bosses—in other words, provided they have a good union.

In Washington D.C., hotels are opening at an astounding pace. In order to maintain high standards in wages, benefits, and working conditions, we need to organize new hotels. If we don’t, new development will undermine our bargaining power with the industry, and conditions for union and non-union hotel workers alike in this city will decline. This is a mammoth undertaking, and we expect fierce resistance from the hotel corporations, aided by crooked politicians, the courts and an army of bottom-feeding anti-union consultants.

          

Our members understand that to protect the future of Local 25 and to keep Washington a decent place for hotel workers, we need to act now, with boldness. For this reason, last fall, they voted by a substantial majority to raise their own union dues in order to recruit and train a large team of union organizers for Local 25.

We are seeking applicants who have the hearts, brains and guts to do this vital work. If you think you have what it takes, Local 25 may be your opportunity to make a career on the front line of the labor movement and the fight for social justice.

Qualifications

Required

  • Resourcefulness and talent for problem-solving
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to multitask, work efficiently, and be well-organized
  • Ability to learn quickly and grow into positions of greater responsibility
  • Integrity, persistence and determination
  • Good judgment
  • Willingness to work long hours, often on short notice
  • Willingness to handle a wide range of constantly changing responsibilities

Extra consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Bilingual, especially in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Amharic
  • Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely
  • Experience working in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, or other service industries


Salary and Benefits 

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent benefits package

Application instructions

Applicants must include a cover letter along with their résumé.  The cover letter should be clear and concise and explain which position you are applying for, the specific reasons for your interest in the position, and it should explain why you think you would be a good organizer by describing how you meet the above qualifications.

The cover letter and resume should be emailed to:

careers@dchotelworkers.org

UNITE HERE Local 25 is an equal opportunity employer. All persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender expression, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. People of color and women are strongly urged to apply.