A “major company” is hiring “field organizers” in San Francisco — a.k.a. a lobbyist street team — to canvas for home sharing rights. I did not submit a resume for consideration, but I’m quite sure if I did I’d get a response from Airbnb or the industry lobbying organization Peers that wants to “fix” city housing laws and “save” the sharing economy.
The Major Company seeks candidates with a background in “community and/or political organizing” (hmm, not labor?).
The laws governing home sharing in San Francisco are complex and some people don’t believe sharing the home in which you live should be legal.
We are looking for motivated organizers to help fight for home sharing and the sharing economy.
Field Organizers will be responsible for recruiting, managing and coordinating supporters and volunteers, and will serve as the face of the campaign in the local community.
Field Organizers will be assigned to a specific geographical area where they will manage volunteer recruitment and constituency outreach programs, and will bear primary responsibility for execution of the field plan.
At $4,000 per month for presumably full-time work, that would leave someone making well above the wages many in the “sharing economy” make driving cars, pulling weeds, and delivering packages, but it wouldn’t come close to the San Francisco median income of about $74,000.
After months of the sharing economy driving new regulatory measures in the Bay, it appears a backlash may finally have gained some traction, and that has upset Major Company. Apparently not satisfied with these Peers petitions to “stop the evictions” (of renters who sub-lease their apartments using Airbnb, of which there’ve been a handful), Major Company is gearing up for battle.
One of those “complex” laws currently under review is a proposed ballot measure that’s poised to greatly limit Airbnb’s San Francisco business, forcing them to pay the 14 percent hotel tax and even offering cash money to people who snitch out their sub-leasing neighbors. Activists behind the measure estimate their campaign will cost upwards of $200,000.
In response, Airbnb is pitching its San Francisco business as some kind of neoliberal affordable housing measure: If you don’t let tenants rent their places out in the sharing economy, they won’t be able to afford to live in a city where the housing market is skyrocketing in large part due to an influx of well-paid people who work at highly valued start-ups… like Airbnb.
With $4,000 a month, though, these organizers could certainly find a nice place to live in Oakland.
(Thanks Adriana for the tip.)