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Monday, December 22, 2014



The Bus Riders’ Union is looking for two bus riders, one from Nassau County and one from Suffolk County, with knowledge about the NICE or SCT bus systems and the motivation to help improve the bus system for all.

Organizational Background:
The Long Island Bus Riders’ Union is an organization of bus riders and public transit advocates who work to creating affordable, equitable and accessible public transportation systems across Long Island. Through relationship building and grassroots organizing, the Union advocates with and on behalf of bus riders to implement changes that will positively affect workers, students, the aging and disabled communities and encourage economic development.

The Long Island Bus Riders’ Union is a project of Long Island Jobs with Justice, a coalition of workers, people of faith, community members, and students that promotes workers’ rights and economic justice and are committed to creating living wage jobs, supporting organizing, and demanding accountability in our communities.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Support the development and implementation of Bus Riders’ Union projects and ideas
• Build a base of supporters and allies for the Bus Riders’ Union through direct bus rider outreach (i.e. distributing fliers at bus depots, gathering petition signatures, surveying)
• Mobilize riders to attend meetings and events
• Attend monthly Bus Riders’ Union meetings
• Attend legislative meetings and public hearings

Job Requirements: 
• Experience riding NICE or SCT buses
• Commitment to social justice and transit equity
• Self-motivated and dedicated, with an ability to work independently and overcome obstacles
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations
• Ability to attend evening meetings and events
• Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Creole preferred but not required

Interns will work in a part-time capacity (8 hours/week) for 26 weeks (6.5 months) at $16/hour. Travel expenses relating to outreach, like Metrocards, SCT transfer tickets, and Long Island Rail Road tickets, will be reimbursed. Interns will report progress to the Bus Riders’ Union Organizer.

How to Apply:
Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please send a cover letter and resume, with “BRU Organizer” in the subject of an e-mail, to Applications will be accepted and reviewed until Thursday, January 15th. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you.

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