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UNION ORGANIZER: It Takes A Lot Of Commitment

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Luis shares his story about being a Union Organizer at a hospital. He explains what he does and how he got involved in the labor movement. He also provides advice for anyone interested in becoming a Union Organizer.

Degree: Ethnic Studies - History
Job Title: Union Organizer

Job Summary: Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other

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Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also may handle human resources work in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training. Although human resources specialists are employed in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in employment services, working for staffing and human resources firms.

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$30,000 - $95,000
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Organizational skills

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m='11330'>assistants,</span> <span m='12030'>respiratory</span> <span m='12430'>therapists,</span> <span m='13430'>folks</span> <span m='13850'>who</span> <span m='14010'>work</span> <span m='14280'>in</span> <span m='14470'>the</span> <span m='15210'>nutrition</span> <span m='15540'>department.</span> </p><p><span m='16370'>So</span> <span m='16530'>my day</span> <span m='16710'>is</span> <span m='17000'>not</span> <span m='17240'>necessarily</span> <span m='17420'>typical.</span> <span m='18140'>It can</span> <span m='18180'>be</span> <span m='18640'>eight</span> <span m='18850'>hours</span> <span m='19210'>are</span> <span m='19310'>it can</span> <span m='19390'>be</span> <span m='19510'>12</span> <span m='19760'>hour</span> <span m='19940'>days.</span> <span m='20280'>It</span> <span m='20460'>could</span> <span m='20560'>be</span> <span m='20750'>a</span> <span m='20840'>night shift,</span> <span m='21270'>talking to</span> <span m='21610'>workers</span> <span m='21950'>who</span> <span m='22000'>work in</span> <span m='22370'>the middle</span> <span m='22620'>of the night.</span> <span m='23140'>Basically,</span> <span m='23710'>my</span> <span m='23980'>day</span> <span m='24170'>consists</span> <span m='24580'>of</span> <span m='24690'>talking</span> <span m='24980'>to</span> <span m='25050'>workers</span> <span m='25740'>about</span> <span m='25940'>how</span> <span m='26070'>to</span> <span m='26190'>improve</span> <span m='26570'>their</span> <span m='26670'>working</span> <span m='26950'>conditions</span> <span m='27820'>at</span> <span m='28000'>their</span> <span m='28120'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='28920'>I</span> <span m='29190'>study</span> <span m='29420'>at</span> <span m='29500'>the</span> <span m='29580'>University</span> <span m='29950'>of California</span> <span m='30250'>Berkeley</span> <span m='30620'>and</span> <span m='30810'>studied</span> <span m='31260'>history</span> <span m='31580'>and</span> <span m='31810'>ethics</span> <span m='32009'>studies.</span> <span m='32860'>I</span> <span m='32980'>got</span> <span m='33140'>involved</span> <span m='33420'>in</span> <span m='33550'>the</span> <span m='33600'>labor</span> <span m='33900'>movement</span> <span m='34040'>there.</span> <span m='34810'>I</span> <span m='35010'>knew</span> <span m='35170'>that</span> <span m='35410'>as</span> <span m='35550'>soon</span> <span m='35690'>as</span> <span m='35860'>I</span> <span m='36540'>graduated</span> <span m='37440'>that</span> <span m='37750'>I</span> <span m='37790'>wanted</span> <span m='38020'>to</span> <span m='38070'>be a</span> <span m='38250'>part</span> <span m='38550'>of</span> <span m='38630'>some</span> <span m='38770'>sort</span> <span m='38940'>of</span> <span m='39010'>movement.</span> <span m='39480'>And I choose</span> <span m='39816'>the</span> <span m='40152'>labor</span> <span m='40490'>movement.</span> </p><p><span m='40880'>Let's</span> <span m='41080'>see,</span> <span m='41600'>I guess</span> <span m='41740'>there's</span> <span m='41860'>a</span> <span m='41950'>lot that</span> <span m='42200'>I</span> <span m='42310'>learned</span> <span m='42550'>about</span> <span m='42780'>the labor movement.</span> <span m='43840'>Not</span> <span m='44240'>all</span> <span m='44700'>unions</span> <span m='45110'>are</span> <span m='45200'>good.</span> <span m='45630'>Not all</span> <span m='45990'>unions</span> <span m='46380'>are</span> <span m='46540'>left.</span> <span m='47660'>Not</span> <span m='47790'>all</span> <span m='48020'>unions</span> <span m='48300'>are</span> <span m='48370'>progressive.</span> <span m='48650'>But</span> <span m='48930'>the</span> <span m='49240'>ones</span> <span m='49450'>that</span> <span m='49550'>are</span> <span m='49670'>worth</span> <span m='50890'>being</span> <span m='51160'>a</span> <span m='51230'>part</span> <span m='51490'>of</span> <span m='51690'>are</span> <span m='51870'>very</span> <span m='52080'>progressive</span> <span m='52620'>and</span> <span m='52810'>trying</span> <span m='52960'>to</span> <span m='53050'>change</span> <span m='53320'>the</span> <span m='53390'>workforce</span> <span m='53860'>here</span> <span m='54145'>in America.</span> </p><p><span m='54910'>I</span> <span m='55090'>would</span> <span m='55580'>advise</span> <span m='55930'>them</span> <span m='57230'>do</span> <span m='57410'>an</span> <span m='57600'>internship</span> <span m='57870'>at</span> <span m='58070'>a</span> <span m='58140'>union,</span> <span m='58930'>shadow a</span> <span m='59320'>union</span> <span m='59610'>organizer.</span> <span m='60090'>Because</span> <span m='60380'>our</span> <span m='60440'>days</span> <span m='60690'>are not</span> <span m='60810'>typical,</span> <span m='61370'>and</span> <span m='61470'>our</span> <span m='61560'>jobs</span> <span m='61950'>are</span> <span m='62060'>not</span> <span m='62220'>necessarily a</span> <span m='62570'>nine</span> <span m='62770'>to</span> <span m='62830'>five</span> <span m='63100'>job.</span> <span m='63690'>It</span> <span m='63820'>takes</span> <span m='64030'>a</span> <span m='64099'>lot</span> <span m='64290'>of</span> <span m='64360'>commitment</span> <span m='66090'>to</span> <span m='66200'>be a</span> <span m='66600'>union</span> <span m='66900'>organizer.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305235,"video_id":"2785940174001","name":"1378-Luis-p-UnionOrganizer","duration":67663,"thumbnail_url":null}});