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The steward Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a six-week project where member leaders will temporarily leave their represented positions to come and work for our union. Here you will develop critical skills to build your experience as a steward by providing contract enforcement help inside of our Member Resource Center (MRC), as well as training new stewards and taking forward grievances and arbitrations. If you have already led your workplace as a steward, this is a great way to take the next step and becoming an expert in contract enforcement while also supporting the growth of our union.
Entry into the MLDP is competitive, only those who submit applications will be considered and not all who apply will be selected. Past MLDP participants are welcome to apply and may be selected, but priority is given to first-time participants and stewards who are not eligible for Contract Specialist positions. Participation in the MLDP is not meant to be a pathway towards employment as union staff but rather as a way to develop member leaders.
Attend training at the Salem or Portland field office. Lodging will be provided for people outside the Salem / Portland area.
Provide members with contract enforcement support.
Work on Contract Enforcement Trainings
Prepare arbitration cases.
Assist members through workplace and union issues.
Requirements for participants:
Active Steward that are not eligible for Contract Specialists positions
If you are a home care worker or personal support worker, it is your responsibility to find coverage and respite care for your client during the times you are participating in the MLDP
You must have a reliable automobile, auto insurance, and a valid driver’s license and be able to drive several miles each day.
You must be able to work a full 40, scheduled hours per week.
You must be able to effectively work independently.
You must be able to accurately track and report work activities and participate in all scheduled trainings, meetings, and conference calls.
This is a 6 week long paid program, you will be paid replacement wages or $18.00 per hour, whichever is greater. You will be paid COBRA reimbursements, if necessary, for your work-related health care coverage to continue for the full duration of the program. In addition, you will receive the equivalent of the pension contribution paid by your SEIU-represented employer. You will also be paid mileage at the full IRS rate for all non-commute miles driven during the program.
The work schedule will primarily be Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm the first week of the program, which will be largely classroom-based and field training. There will be a couple of additional training days in the program. Exact schedule and training location will be shared during the program.
In addition to initial training, participants will be supported with daily check-in with an organizer as well as additional one on one field training throughout the program.
SEIU 503 Steward Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP) Application 2020