What is a Member-to-Member Specialist?

IMG_5683Member-to-Member Specialists are caregivers who take a break from our regular work and spend a few weeks working at an SEIU 775 office in downtown Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, or Tri-Cities with a team of other caregivers.

We spend our days there calling other caregivers on the telephone to talk with them about what it means to be in a Union together, how they can get involved, and why it’s so important that we all stick together.

In a time when anti-Union extremists like the Freedom Foundation are spreading lies about us, it’s more important than ever that caregivers hear the truth from other caregivers: Vancouver 4

This is OUR union and WE make the decisions to stick together to demand respect for ourselves and dignity for those we look after.

It’s a great opportunity to do something different for a little while, and develop new skills. But the most exciting, inspirational part of this job is getting to talk with other caregivers — the heart and soul of our Union — to talk with them about what the Union can do and hear back from them about how they want to shape the future of our Union.

Should I apply?

As people who have done this program, our first answer is, “YES! ABSOLUTELY! Everyone should do this!” But there are a few requirements you need to know about if you’re going to do this, too:Vancouver 1

1. This is not a permanent job: It is a paid position but it’s intended for caregivers to come work for a session that runs for about 6 weeks.

2. You will work full-time hours, Monday through Friday, in one of four locations (Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities). You don’t have to be able to drive for this position, but you do have to be able to get to the office in your area every day.

3. You must find someone to look after your clients (IP) or get permission from your agency (AP) to be away during the time you’re working at the Union office.
Interested in joining us? Click on the link in the email, if you recently got an email about an upcoming session or call the Member Resource Center and ask to speak with the MMS/MCOI manager. If you’d like to be added to a list to make sure you hear about future sessions, click here.

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