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Staff Representative

Posting Date:
September 26, 2019


The Staff Representative is responsible for guiding and advising UNAC/UHCP Affiliates and members; building leadership, activism and solidarity; representing and advancing the Union in our members’ workplaces; negotiating and enforcing collective bargaining agreements; handling, negotiating and resolving grievances and other disputes; and supporting, educating and providing direction to Affiliate officers and representatives. The Staff Representative will achieve these goals through the creative and discretionary exercise of all responsibilities and activities outlined below.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES (include but are not limited):

  • Promotes solidarity and collective bargaining, builds bargaining power, identifies workplace injustices and grievances, and increases membership and member activism.
  • Plans for, develops proposals for, and conducts negotiations for collective bargaining agreements, in collaboration with Affiliates and UNAC/UHCP’s officers and other staff members.
  • Identifies, investigates, drafts, files, pursues and resolves workplace disputes, including grievances and other injustices; negotiates resolutions to such disputes; and processes grievances up to and including arbitration and/or mediation.
  • Responds to Affiliate officers and representatives, and members’ needs, including workplace meetings, grievance handling, problem solving and making rounds. Deploys Union resources for assigned Affiliate(s) and members.
  • Responds to telephone calls from members, Human Resources and management representatives in a timely manner.
  • Conceptualizes, plans for and conducts internal organizing to increase membership, activism, leadership and bargaining power.
  • Organizes, recruits, trains, orients, develops and assists activist members and leaders in assigned Affiliates in order to empower them to achieve goals described above through solidarity, activism, and leadership.
  • Conceptualizes, plans and implements new initiatives to achieve goals and duties described herein.
  • Attends assigned Affiliate(s) general membership meetings when invited or necessitated.
  • Formulates and participates in Union educational activities (teach, backup, support as appropriate).
  • Participates in Union activities as a representative of UNAC/UHCP i.e. Central Labor Councils, leafleting, picketing, etc.
  • Attends biennial UNAC/UHCP convention.
  • Attends UNAC/UHCP staff meetings.
  • Attends Executive Council and Board of Directors meetings, as assigned.
  • Attends Advanced Labor-Management classes, as assigned.
  • Conducts and/or attends Basic Labor-Management classes, as assigned.
  • Attends assigned educational opportunities as appropriate, report out to staff and utilize learnings.
  • Assists UNAC/UHCP Officers, the Director, Collective Bargaining and Representation Services and/or the Assistant Director, Collective Bargaining and Representation Services, as needed.
  • Exercises independent judgment and discretion in development and implementation of all missions and tasks described herein.
  • Performs other UNAC/UHCP work as required/assigned by the UNAC/UHCP Officers, the Director, Collective Bargaining and Representation Services and/or the Assistant Director, Collective Bargaining and Representation Services


  • Current, active RN, NP, PA, CNM, OD, PT, OT License or other appropriate professional license, , with some minimum experience as a UNAC/UHCP activist, e.g. Affiliate officer, steward, contract specialist or other lost time role; if no healthcare professional license, B.A. or B.S., in a relevant field or background in labor and/or progressive movement.
  • Good standing with BRN or other appropriate licensing agency, if applicable.
  • Understanding of current Collective Bargaining Agreement(s).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and interact effectively with Affiliate leadership and Union members.
  • Ability to work well independently, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write, read and communicate in English.
  • Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.
  • Extensive travel may be required; current California Drivers License.
  • Background in labor movement and/or progressive movements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, skills and/or qualifications required. A copy of the complete job description is available from HR.


UNAC/UHCP is prepared to offer a generous and competitive salary and benefits package consistent with experience, skills and demonstrated abilities.


Submit a current resume reflecting qualifications for this position to Please reference “Staff Representative” in the subject line.

UNAC/UHCP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.