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Legislative Advocate

Sacramento, CA, USA

How to Apply


One of the California Labor Federation’s core values is to provide an inclusive environment to all who are employed here. People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and a resume to [email protected].


The Legislative Advocate works as part of the legislative team to advocate for workers’ rights and build worker power in the Capitol while coordinating and supporting the work of our affiliated unions.

Areas of Responsibility: 


  • Staff any assigned bills sponsored, supported or opposed by the California Labor Federation;
  • Prepare written fact sheets, letters of support and opposition, and other communications on legislative and administrative issues;
  • Develop oral and written communication to unions about Federation-targeted issues;
  • Prepare and present written and oral testimony before legislative and administrative bodies;
  • Respond to affiliated unions’ needs for support to advance their priorities;
  • Help formulate Labor’s position on issues;
  • Help develop ideas to build worker power and strengthen the union movement;
  • Help strategic planning to achieve Federation legislative goals;
  • Research and analyze legislative proposals;
  • Work with political department to staff political and electoral campaigns, as needed;
  • Provide support for Executive Secretary-Treasurer on legislative matters;
  • Build and maintain relationships with union leaders, policymakers, allies, and staff;
  • Build and participate in coalitions to advance workers’ rights;
  • Advocate for working families before state commissions and boards;
  • Represent the Federation at various meetings and events;
  • Participate in and organize various Federation sponsored meetings and training;
  • Work well under pressure and handle stress; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Educational Background: 
Experience working with the Labor Movement;
Legislative and administrative advocacy;
Graduate or law degree preferred.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Policy research and analysis;
  • Experience working in fast-paced, high-pressure environments;
  • Attention to detail with the ability to balance multiple tasks;
  • Proven track record of advancing an agenda;
  • Substantive knowledge of California labor and employment laws;
  • Proficient with relevant computer software programs such as Microsoft Word/Excel, Google Documents/Sheets, etc., and
  • Graduate or law degree preferred.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521, affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. The position comes with an excellent union pension and health care benefits.

Excellent pay and benefits: 100% Health Insurance, Pension, 401(k) and much more

How to Apply: 


One of the California Labor Federation’s core values is to provide an inclusive environment to all who are employed here. People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and a resume to [email protected].

Additional Information: 


Likely telecommuting for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually based in the Sacramento office, with some travel to the Oakland headquarters. Some travel to unions across the state, conferences, and meetings. Significant time spent in the Capitol, with much time standing and walking on hard surfaces.  Long days and weekend work are often required, as the schedule depends on the legislative calendar and committee schedule. Work on political or electoral campaigns may require a longer-term stay in a jurisdiction.



The CLF provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at [email protected] (510) 663-4001, or Fax at (510) 663-4099. Your request will receive an individualized assessment and will be processed in the order it was received.


California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Organization Info

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Oakland, CA, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us

The California Labor Federation is the largest state Labor Federation in the United States. It is also among the most progressive. A prominent Sacramento publication recently referred to Labor as the 800 Pound Gorilla at the Capitol.

The Federation is an umbrella organization comprised of more than 1,000 unions, representing 2.1 million union members: in manufacturing, retail, construction, education, transportation, hospitality, the public sector, healthcare, entertainment and other industries across California.

The mission of the Federation is economic justice, shared prosperity and racial equality for workers, their families, and all people. We achieve this by building the power of all working people through organizing, collective bargaining, political action, legislative action and community alliances.

In Sacramento, we advance policies to support quality job creation, ensure community health, promote shared prosperity, and increase justice for working families and all Californians, including all people of color and immigrant workers. We believe that economic justice is first achieved through working people standing together with a voice at work, and then using that power to deliver tangible victories, particularly for disadvantaged communities.

Why Work For Us?: 

Do you want to make a difference in economic and social justice, racial equality and the lives of working families here in California and influence policymaking nationally? This is the place to be.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Oct 14 2020
Active Until: 
Nov 14 2020
Hiring Organization: 
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO