Opportunity Spotlight: Labor Day Edition

How can we work together to create strong workplaces? (Photo credit: kathera, Creative Commons/Flickr)

Labor Day’s not just the day we stop wearing white pants. Since 1894, it’s been the official day that we take a load off to celebrate the contributions of all workers. And in today’s spotlight, we celebrate organizations that support workers as well as job and internship opportunities within these organizations.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United works on behalf of restaurant employees nationwide. Through advocacy, organization, research, and policy work, they aim to improve the wages and working conditions of over 10 million people in the restaurant industry. They’re currently seeking a part timeĀ Office Manager in New York, NY, so if you’ve got some administrative chops and you’re passionate about community and labor organizing, check out this great opportunity to get involved.

If direct organizing is more your style, sign on as Lead Organizer for Warehouse Workers for Justice in Joliet, IL. United Electrical Workers is seeking someone to develop and lead workplace justice campaigns for warehouse workers in Chicago’s logistics hub. You’ll be leading a team of organizers, providing education on workplace rights, training long-term community leaders, and developing innovative tactics to tackle workplace justice issues.

Just getting your feet wet in workplace organizing? Get a Union Organizer internship with UNITE HERE! in Boston, MA. You’ll be working locally on national campaigns to motivate service workers to stand up for their rights.

And take a look at some other workforce development organizations that joined the site this week, like the Newark Workforce Investment Board, New York’s Workforce Opportunity Services, and Philadelphia’s Opportunities Industrialization Center. These organizations build up employee skills and connect them with employers who need these skills to build healthy communities that benefit everyone.

Hats off to you all workers of America! And a special high five to all the organizations working on their behalf.

What are you doing to celebrate workers this Labor Day?

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Comments (2)


  1. Saint writes:
    September 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I am spending the labor day weekend attempting to crack the non-profit firewall against employing people like me, maybe I can become a worker some day after having gone through all of this prolonged immigration paperwork period. Who knows, maybe they would be as understanding as the “ADVERTIZE” themselves to be.

    Happy labor day


  2. Anita writes:
    September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Great post for Labor Day! ROC has done so much in the short time it has been around. Thanks for sharing about all these great orgs.

    Anita, MomsRising.org


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