AFSCME’s Alternative Union Break

afscme_springbreak2009Are you a college senior looking for a different kind of school break experience?

Do you want to make a difference after you graduate?

If your answer to these questions is “YES,” then AFSCME’s Alternative Union Break Program is for you!

AFSCME’s 2009 Alternative Break Sessions:

Spring Break

Session 1: March 15 – 20                Session 2: March 22 – 27
Campaigns and locations to be announced.

Open to College Seniors and Graduates who are seriously considering a career in union organizing.

How It Works

Travel to an active union organizing campaign for 5 days of intensive training and organizing. You’ll learn the basics of union organizing in the classroom and get hands on experience while talking with workers in their homes. Program participants will be provided with lodging and transportation during the week as well as a $125 stipend for food. Transportation to the program is the responsibility of the participant.

Candidates who successfully complete AFSCME’s Alternative Break program will be given priority consideration for AFSCME’s year-long Organizer-in-Training positions (starting pay is $34,212 and excellent benefits are included).

What You’ll Learn

A typical day might include learning about local labor history, talking with workers about improving their working conditions, and participating in campaign strategy sessions. All participants will learn the AFSCME organizing model, which links grassroots organizing with a rigorous analysis of the power relationships that influence workers’ lives.

During the 2007 AFSCME Alternative Winter Break in Oakland, California participants:

  • Knocked on over 400 doors.
  • Talked to over 140 child care providers.
  • Learned about AFSCME Local 3299 efforts to organize workers and students on college campuses.
  • Also, there were presentations by Young Workers United, photojournalist David Bacon, and Patrice O’Neill, Executive Producer, The Working Group.


The deadline is February 28.  If you have questions about AFSCME’s Alternative Break programs, call Rachel at 410-837-3055.

Download a poster for the Alternative Break programs.


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