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Union Veterans Council Job Opportunity

March 26, 2015

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR position open for the Union Veterans Council in the AFL-CIO.

Job Summary

The primary function of this position is to serve as a leader and manager of the Union Veterans Council (UVC).  This person will successfully guide UVC to achieve its mission of bringing together union leaders and members who are veterans to promote the rights and interests of U.S. veterans and their families in government affairs and public policy.

Essential Functions

  • Conceptualize, develop and implement the strategic plan for achieving UVC mission including the establishment of specific goals and metrics for this plan, as well as the strategies and tactics needed.
    • Identify and implement strategic public policy goals that assist veterans with access to education, skill training, good jobs and careers, and quality health care benefits.
    • Develop and implement concrete action plans for each public policy goal identified as a priorities; and
    • Continuously review and evaluate such plans for effectiveness; revise as needed to ensure success.
  • Identify and implement best practices for connecting union leaders and members who are veterans to promote greater participation in UVC.
  • Identify and assist labor-friendly veterans interested in seeking elections or appointments to public office.
  • Build alliances and coalitions with other veterans groups to promote and achieve UVC goals.
  • Manage day-to-day affairs of UVC and serve as its chief spokesperson and primary representative for all official functions and public events.
  • Coordinate major decisions with UVC Chair; prepare periodic reports to UVC Board, Executive Committee and Staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Extensive experience of a progressively greater responsibility in a project management role;
  • Extensive experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalitional or alliance formation to support issues that positively impact veterans;
  • Proven ability to develop strategy and implement programs by capturing the resources and capacity of a broad array of partners;
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic principles and skills involved in internal organizing, development, and program planning and implementation;
  • Extensive experience conceptualizing and developing work plans with measurable goals;
  • Experience working with the labor movement and its leadership at the national, state and local levels, or equivalent;
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication, presentation and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and politically sensitive relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Proven ability to lead by example and foster mentoring relationships;
  • Strong focus on details;
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;
  • High level of individual motivation and a proven self-starter;
  • Computer proficiency is required:  email, internet, spreadsheet, and word processing.
  • Ability to travel and perform evening and weekend work.

Union veterans are encouraged to apply. Please email cover letter and resume to Andrew Paeffgen at:  Your email subject line should include “Union Veterans Council Position."

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015.

Navajo Nation employees are voting for the UMWA

March 5, 2015

Navajo Nation government employees right now are voting to become members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Protect your job! Protect your family! A vote for the UMWA is a vote for representation and job security in the workplace.

Make your voice count! Click here for your ballot!

If you are not sure if you should vote, click here for the list of job classifications.

Be sure to mark your ballot you received and mail it to the Office of Navajo Labor Relations.

Click here for the Notice to Vote on Mandatory Union Membership.

Questions about the proposed contract? Click here for the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Navajo Nation Division of Navajo Nation Executive Branch and International Union, United Mine Workers of America.

Fight West Virginia SB 337!

February 2, 2015

The new leadership in the West Virginia legislature has not wasted any time trying to turn back the clock on labor laws that have protected UMWA brothers and sisters for generations.

If you live in West Virginia, please contact your State Senator and tell him/her to oppose the so-called Right to Work bill, SB 337. Click here *linked* to get the phone number of the West Virginia State Senators.

Don’t know your State Senate district? Click here.

“West Virginia SB 337 should be called the ‘right to work for less’ bill,” said President Roberts. “That is what will happen to workers in West Virginia if it passes. It will weaken every union’s ability to represent members in the workplace. And it will mean that some workers will be able to avoid paying union dues while still getting the benefits of a union contract. It’s just another way for the bosses to divide workers.”

EPA Fight - What You Can Do To Make Your Voice Heard!

October 7, 2014

The rally and marches against the EPA in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Washington, D.C. are just the start of our efforts to oppose their proposed rule. We need our members on the ground in the coalfields taking action, writing letters and getting community support. Click here for more information about what you can do.

Patriot VEBA website is up!

January 13, 2014

The Patriot VEBA website is up and active. Retirees, families and medical providers can now go to to find out information about benefits and get contact information for answers to questions you many have.

Click here to go to the Patriot VEBA website.

Work Connects Us All

January 18, 2012

The AFL-CIO has launched a new website to help a new generation of workers understand how we are all connected by what we do and how we work. Check it out at And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!

National Labor College’s Investor Education Project

December 13, 2011

The National Labor College, located in Silver Spring, MD, has launched new webpages containing information to teach knowledge and skills you can use to build financial success.  Click here to learn about mutual funds, stocks, and how to balance them.  Click here to find out how to invest for your family's important moments and watch "how-to" videos about investing.  Click here to download the National Labor College's manual, Introduction to Successful Investing.


May 9, 2011

The UMWA District 20 office has set up a special fund for contributions to help UMWA members and their families who lost their homes and all their possessions in the terrible tornadoes that flattened the Alabama coalfields.  All donations should be earmarked "UMWA District 20 Miners Aid Fund" and sent to:



275 Forest Road, Suite 100

Hueytown, AL 35023-1615

If you are a District 20 member in need, call the District office at 205-744-9853 and let them know what your specific needs are.

CAN'T SCARE ME, the Story of Mother Jones

May 5, 2011

The UMWA is sponsoring performances of a one-woman play titled Can’t Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones, written and performed by Obie-award winning actress Kauilani Lee. The Washington Post critic Jane Horowitz wrote of the performance, “Lee makes the early miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes feel real and immediate, especially the murderous violence unleashed against unionized workers in the early 20th century.” 

"CAN'T SCARE ME, The Story of Mother Jones,” tells the moving story of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and her activism to help organize a broad spectrum of American workers in the early 20th century. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, who transforms into the legendary labor activist, the drama illustrates Mother Jones’ fight for children and workers’ rights across the United States. The performance incorporates the loss of Jone...s’ husband and children from yellow fever; the great Chicago fire, out of which she emerged with her own fire to help organize the unorganized; the famous Children’s March to protest child labor; and the coal mine wars of southern Colorado and West Virginia. 

May 10 - Denver - Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center -

May 13 - Pueblo - El Pueblo History Museum - (719) 583-0453

May 15 - Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS -


May 17 - Trinidad - Trinidad Junior High School - (303) 425-7110

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