Apply to be an Organizing Apprentice with UCW!

United Campus Workers, CWA Local 3865, is seeking applications to host an organizing apprentice to begin work in Fall 2019. UCW is partnering with WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership), an initiative to train a new generation of women’s labor leadership, and the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle TN. UCW is looking to increase support for our organizing at Tennessee State University, Tennessee’s only public HBCU, which faces a legacy of racism and discriminatory funding by the state, and where members are also deeply affected by issues in Nashville like gentrification, affordable housing, and the arrival of Amazon.


  • Organizing: Identifying, recruiting and building relationships with new members.
  • Mobilizing: Working in partnership with the Central Labor Council of Middle TN to activate members around CLC campaigns.

  • Leadership Development: Develop member leadership and involvement in the union, recruit members to attend the CLC’s organizing training.

  • Staff administration and support



  • The position would begin in early September 2019 and last a minimum of 3 months with the option to extend to 6 months. Campus workers are especially encouraged to apply. (Note: we are willing to design the work to be either full-time or part-time depending on the applicant!)
  • Apprentices are paid $15 an hour.

  • Apprentices participate in a formal mentorship program, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization, and will attend an expenses-paid WILL Empower training and gathering in Washington, DC.

  • We are looking for someone who has both experience and interest in organizing, or campus workers who haven’t had the opportunity to devote time to organizing but are very interested. You should have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, and a willingness to learn the political and legal climate in Tennessee. We need someone who works well individually and in a team, can think on their toes, and can be all hands on deck when the time requires. Familiarity with HBCUs is preferred.

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