Member Organizer Program

February 1, 2024 | Forms

Are you passionate about your union? Do you want to grow the union and work with non-union workers and help them build a union at work? Then you may be interested in joining the USW’s Member Organizer Program.

The USW is developing a team of member organizers to help build the union throughout Canada. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in training and work with staff organizers to develop organizing leads and work on campaigns in your home area, across your District or across the country.

After training, you may be asked to volunteer your time in support of organizing campaigns, and in some cases may be asked to work on campaigns full time or on a short term basis. Member organizer assignments are dependent on campaign needs, skillsets, location and availability. Like all union work, organizing may take place in the evenings and on weekends.

If you are interested in becoming a member organizer, please fill out the online application below. We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including women, racialized workers, Indigenous workers, members with disabilities, members 35 and under and 2SLGBTQIA+ members.

For more info, contact or 416-544-5976.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn and do as a member organizer

  • Follow up with employees who have expressed interest in joining the Steelworkers union
  • Start conversations with non-union workers to establish relationships or get information
  • Develop skills on how to communicate effectively one-on-one and in small group meetings with workers
  • Educate workers on the benefits of unionization
  • Identify, recruit and develop workplace leaders
  • Research, map and chart targeted workplaces
  • Work with experienced staff organizers on campaigns

Qualifications needed to become a member organizer

  • A deep commitment to the labour movement and social justice
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships with a diversity of people
  • Good listener and communicator           
  • Resourceful with good problem-solving skills
  • Good time management skills and ability to keep information such as lists and notes well organized
  • Ability to work independently or with a team
  • Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Current USW member in good standing
  • Support of your local union leadership and ability to get union leave from work

Interested in becoming a member organizer, please fill out the following online application. If you prefer a paper form, find and download the PDF form below the online application.


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