Dallas

INTERN ANNOUNCEMENT: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING INTERNS

WDP depends on thousands of volunteers every week. In Dallas, we are launching several campaigns and need your support. Volunteers should be interested in social and economic justice and want more than a “clock in/clock out” experience. Reading, writing, and speaking Spanish conversationally is a plus, but not a requirement. We are looking for volunteers in two major areas: Workers Rights Advocates and Workers Rights Trainers.

We ask advocates and trainers to commit to every Tuesday night Workers in Action meeting from 7pm-9pm, for three to six months. Other volunteers can come to the office during the week or help with special events on a monthly basis.

Internships: We are also looking for two community organizing interns to start in January 2014. See the description below:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, internet, and email
  • Ability work work independently
  • Commitment to social and economic justice
  • Ability to work 10 to 15 hours a week (6:00pm-9:00pm on Tuesday required), including some nights and weekends

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruit members to the organization at weekly meetings
  • Assist with weekly intake of wage claim cases
  • Assist in planning and carrying out organizational events
  • Support recruitment for WDP’s ESL and leadership classes
  • Help train immigrant worker committee to do event planning and outreach
  • General office administrative support, including data entry and making phone calls

COMPENSATION:

  • Lifelong experience and skills
  • Competitive monthly stipend
  • Referrals for future employment
  • Possible class credit

WDP strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.

How to apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to Juan Cardoza-Oquendo at juan@workersdefense.org. For questions, call (972) 479-5080, ext. 8038.

INTERN OPENING: Policy Advocate

Apply By: April 11th

Internship Period: June 16-August 8

Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing, and strategic partnerships.

Workers Defense Project’s Summer Organizing Institute offers an opportunity for aspiring organizers to get hands on experience with grassroots community organizing! Participants will learn a wide range of organizing skills such as worksite organizing, planning direct actions, public speaking and media relations, grassroots mobilization, lobbying, and policy research.

The Policy Advocate will work with the Research and Policy program of WDP to protect the rights of low-wage workers, particularly construction workers, through implementing policy that creates opportunity for working families and ensures fairer conditions at the workplace. The Policy Advocate will also participate in grassroots organizing work, and the coordination of a committee of low-wage workers that fight for the change of both local law and statewide policy. WDP’s successful model of policy change has won thousands of workers in Texas safer conditions and better wages.

Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Conversant in Spanish
  • Computer literate: Word, Internet, and e-mail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Able to work 30 to 40 hours a week including some nights and weekends. Must be available Tuesday evenings.

ResponsibilitiesIntern will work with WDP staff and volunteers to:

  • Develop and implement a grassroots mobilization plan to push both industry leaders and policymakers to create better, safer jobs for working families
  • Coordinate with local media to spread the word about workplace injury and other common abuse of low-wage workers
  • Help coordinate immigrant worker committees to build worker leadership statewide
  • Research policy solutions for working families and work with Texas Legislature to pursue policy
  • Participate in public pressure campaigns to improve working conditions for low-wage workers
  • Plan and participate in statewide actions, marches, and press conferences
  • General office and programmatic support

Compensation:

  • Life-long experience and skills
  • Referrals for future employment
  • $150 stipend per week
  • Possible class credit

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter and two professional references to Gregorio Casar, at greg@workersdefense.org. For questions please call 512-391-2305 ext. 8031

 

INTERN OPENING: Membership Organizer

Apply By: April 11th

Internship Period: June 16-August 8

The Membership Organizer will work with the Adult Education and Training program of WDP to protect the rights of low-wage Latina/o workers who face workplace violations. In addition, the role of the organizer will be educate workers about their rights, agitate workers to fight for better working conditions, and organize workers to be long-term leaders in WDP’s campaigns and in the labor movement.

Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Computer literate: Word, Internet, and e-mail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Able to work 30 to 40 hours a week including some nights and weekends. Must be available Tuesday evenings

ResponsibilitiesIntern will work with WDP staff and volunteers to:

  • Coordinate and facilitate worker rights and health and safety education/prevention workshops in Spanish
    • Recruit participants for WDP’s English classes, computer classes, safety trainings, and leadership development workshops
    • Recruit, train, and coordinate construction workers for the WDP’s worker committee
    • Work collaboratively with workers, advocates, and community supporters to develop campaign strategies and build worker leadership capacity
      • Recruit and register workers as WDP members and collect membership dues
      • Coordinate a group of worker-members to mobilize and expand WDP’s membership base
      • Plan and attend membership events and community outreach events
      • Coordinate volunteers and members to attend events
      • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with faith and labor allies, attorneys, state agencies, students, Spanish language media, and other community allies

Compensation:

  • Life-long experience and skills
  • Referrals for future employment
  • $150 stipend per month
  • Possible class credit

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.  How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter and two professional references to Jason Cato, at jason@workersdefense.org.

 

INTERN OPENING: Workers Rights Organizer

Apply By: April 11th

Internship Period: June 16-August 8

The Workers Rights Organizer will work with the Employment and Legal Services program of WDP to protect the rights of low-wage Latina/o workers who face workplace violations. In addition, the role of the organizer will be educate workers about their rights, agitate workers to fight for better working conditions, and organize workers to be long-term leaders in WDP’s campaigns and in the labor movement.

Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Computer literate: Word, Internet, and e-mail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Able to work 30 to 40 hours a week including some nights and weekends. Must be available Tuesday evenings

ResponsibilitiesIntern will work with WDP staff and volunteers to:

  • Assist with weekly intake of wage claim cases, speaking with individual workers about wage theft, discrimination, injury, and other labor issues
  • Assist injured workers who have been seriously injured on the job to access legal representation, compensation, and other resources
  • Negotiate with employers on behalf of workers whose rights have been violated
  • Help coordinate immigrant worker committees to address issues of workplace abuse and build worker leadership
  • Develop and Facilitate “know-your-rights” trainings in Spanish to inform immigrant workers of their rights and how to organize for social change
  • Resolve individual cases of workplace abuse
  • Participate in public pressure campaigns to improve working conditions for low-wage workers
  • Connect workers to resources that are often difficult to access due to language, cultural, educational, and other barriers
  • General office admin support, answering phones, data entry, writing e-mail alerts, mailings, etc.

Compensation:

  • Life-long experience and skills
  • Referrals for future employment
  • $150 stipend per week
  • Possible class credit

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter and two professional references to Patricia Zavala, at patricia@workersdefense.org. For questions please call 512-391-2305 ext. 8025