The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is a progressive union with an 80-year history of advancing the rights and interests of working people.
The RWDSU has long been committed to using its voice to call for change and social justice for all working people. From its earliest days when it was formed by recent immigrants trying to build better lives for themselves in the midst of the Great Depression in New York, the union has often been at the forefront of progressive change. Members of the RWDSU marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the South during the early days of the civil rights movement and were involved in planning of the historic 1963 March on Washington. RWDSU officers served as election observers in South Africa in 1994, during that country’s first post-apartheid free elections. This same spirit animates the union’s political engagement now.
Today, RWDSU organizes tens of thousands of workers in new and notable industries and continues to fight for progressive action on behalf of all workers. RWDSU has proven to workers everywhere that they can win a voice on the job and the dignity and respect that union membership brings.
Most notably, RWDSU organizers in the south have helped thousands of poultry workers win protections and improvements in what is traditionally dangerous and underpaid work. In the New York metropolitan area, RWDSU represents workers at retail stores and retail pharmacies in such well-known chains as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, H&M, Zara and Duane Reade. Members of the union also work in supermarkets, food processing, health care and service throughout the United States.
RWDSU plays a leadership role in New York City on all workers’ rights, including helping lead the charge for the successful Living Wage NYC Campaign in 2012. In 2019, the RWDSU led the successful challenge to Amazon’s HQ2 getting a $3 billion dollar taxpayer subsidy. The RWDSU has also led the fight to improve conditions for the city’s car wash workers which culminated in elimination of the tip credit for car wash workers in 2020.
RWDSU represents more than 100,000 members across the country and since 1993, has been affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
RWDSU is seeking a strategic and passionate leader to serve as its Political Director.
The Political Director directs electoral, legislative and issue-based campaigns of the union, builds and maintains relationships with key political officials and allies, and helps build and manage an engaged and activated membership.
This is an incredible opportunity for a fantastic strategist and organizer with a deep commitment to social justice.
The Political Director will strengthen the political capacity of the union and build power for members in New York City and across the country. Working closely with union President Stuart Appelbaum, the Political Director will shape and set the agenda for the union’s political program, which seeks to empower members to take action that will help them and their families.
The Director will build and maintain relationships with key political figures, including federal, state and municipal elected and appointed officials, labor unions and progressive community organizations. The Director will build member political power by educating, activating and organizing members.
The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader with a deep belief in the power of union membership and collective action, a commitment to elect champions for working families and a desire to build political power for RWDSU members and their families across the country.
This position in based in New York, New York.
Submit a cover letter and resume online at: https://grossmansolutions.applytojob.com/apply
The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline why you are the right person for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
RWDSU is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. RWDSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law.