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Now Hiring Grassroots Campaigns

Updated on December 1, 2010

A Dream Job For Students Or A Nightmare?

Grassroots is made up of a an experienced team of organizers and campaign professionals who work for the good of the community. The group had a major role in getting "President Obama" elected as well. The campaigns they work on are topics such as Protecting the environment,Planned Parenthood,Stopping Animal Cruelty with those being just three of the major campaigns you can take part in. If you have a passion for being heard, standing up for right and earning an income doing so than I suggest you look into it. They are hiring now for all types of positions and it does not matter if you are young or old they need you to do your part. Many people are searching the Employment Guides,Job Finder,Snag a Job and other Job websites or newspapers for employment opportunities, but wouldn't you rather do something that will make a difference other than standing behind a cash register ringing up groceries? You don't even need a certain degree of education as long as you are educated on the subject or willing to learn.

The Campaign Jobs pay average $300 to $600 per week depending on your location and the campaign taken on.

Isn't this the typical ad you see when searching for jobs and the name "Grassroots" comes up? What you do not see are the many lawsuits brought upon by former employees who are typically college students that have been taken advantage of because they thought they were doing something right and would be making great money from it. The students were Grassroots canvassers, the main job function was to go around educating people on whatever campaign was going on at the time while soliciting donations.

Canvassers Get Paid As Such

A quota system is used and every canvasser must raise at least 80% average or $100 a day depending on which is greater, that applies to all canvassers in a office and when quota is met canvassers receive 30% of all funds raised over the week. A canvasser who does not meet quota will not receive base pay and may be paid $8 or less an hour for all hours worked.

To some it does not sound that bad but to others who were promised that $8 per hour even if not meeting quota whom received no pay at all or were fired after more than 40 plus hours per week walking strange neighborhoods,ringing strange doorbells,being harassed by many this is definitely no dream job and former workers would be quick to advise you not to do it. Although Grassroots has helped many campaigns it has not had too big a history on employee well being.

How would you like to work a 5o hour work week with the promise of $500 then receive only $339 or $281? That has happened to many Canvassers and still continues to happen yet the mistreatment along with the unfair wages are never mentioned in the ads. The ads are clearly stating the in between amounts you would be making per campaign, they state the problem, what you are campaigning for or against. They never state anything about quotas, being dropped off in strange neighborhoods for at least 5 to 6 hours alone, or risking not being able to be compensated for your time put in. Some students had to literally beg for paychecks which would sometimes look like $18 to $57 which is no money at all for ten hour work days plus volunteer work that you must do as a member. Do your research, if something seems too good to be true then it usually is. These ads for Grassroots are all over Craigslist and other employment websites online, although they mean well by stating the issues, their mistreatment of employees who are all as stated typically high school or college aged students is ridiculous but its really the lure of money drawing these kids, they get interested in the campaign then taken advantage of which leaves them with a slimey view of politics through out life.


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