Organizer, Migrant Student Workers (Peel region) - Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre

Apr 15, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Organizer, Migrant Student Workers (Peel region)

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) is a member-led organization that is building racialized, low-waged, worker power to win migrant justice. Our areas of focus include current and former international students in low-waged work through our Migrant Students United campaign (MSU).

MWAC is seeking an experienced community or labour organizer to join the MSU team. This organizer will support the self-organization of migrant student workers in the Peel region (Greater Toronto Area), in order to win changes to immigration and labour policy.

Key Priorities for Migrant Students United

  • Build and strengthen Migrant Students United chapters or committees through the identification and training of activists, organizers and leaders on study or work permits.
  • Identify priorities and concerns of migrant student workers in low-waged work, including issues relating to immigration, working conditions, wages, access to healthcare and other basic services, and decent housing.
  • Win changes in federal immigration policy to ensure permanent residency for low-waged workers.

Responsibilities of Migrant Student Worker Organizer (Peel)

  • Identify current and potential migrant student worker leaders, activists and organizers in the Peel Region, using MWAC’s organizing approach to building power;
  • Identify priorities for change for low-waged migrant student workers in the Peel region;
  • Participate in developing and delivering organizing training for potential and current activists, leaders and organizers on power mapping, identifying priorities and creating campaigns;
  • Provide one-on-one legal information and advocacy for migrant student workers on immigration, workplace rights, and other matters, with a focus on using casework to build organizational membership;
  • Develop relevant materials and use digital organizing tools to expand and build worker membership and advance campaign objectives.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience and skill in building membership in a labour organizing or community organizing setting, with a focus on building worker power and leadership;
  • Willingness to learn and adapt in a constantly changing and fast-paced environment and a highly collaborative team setting;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, friendly, approachable and good conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to manage time and work independently, develop work plans, and meet deadlines;
  • Knowledge and experience with ActionNetwork, mobile messaging, and use of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to conduct on-the-ground organizing is an asset;
  • Based in the Greater Toronto Area, with a preference for applicants being based in Peel with connections in the community;
  • Ability to speak a second language, preferably Punjabi, is an asset;
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset, and;
  • Ability to work flexible hours is essential; some evening and weekend work is required.

Details

Full time, $48,000 - $51,000 per year (depending on experience)

Start date: As soon as possible

To apply

Submit a cover letter and CV by email to info@migrantworkersalliance.org no later than April 15, 2021, with the subject line “Together we will win”. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis. If this job posting is on our website, we are still looking. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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