2016 Labor Notes Conference, April 1-3 in Chicago

April 01, 2016

Event at a Glance


April 01, 2016, 1:00 pm


$150 (Early Bird Special: $105 before February 17!)


Hyatt Regency O'Hare: 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL

Hotel Rooms

See sidebar at right for hotel options.

Conference Flyer

Get in touch with the labor movement’s fighting spirit—meet us in Chicago!

Online registration is now closed, but you can register when you arrive. Registration is $150 and includes the Saturday night banquet.

NEW! Program now available.

Click here to view the full lineup of speakers, workshops, and meetings.

Looking for hotel options? Click here.

Labor Notes Conferences are the biggest gatherings out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers. Don’t miss a weekend of inspiration, education, and agitation.

  • Join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists who are on the front lines in our workplaces and our communities, organizing new workers and agitating together. Meet troublemakers from around the country and around the world.
  • More than 100 meetings and workshops include creative organizing tactics, beating apathy, running for local union office, winning contract campaigns, bargaining over technology, understanding the economy, life after “right to work,” and reviving the strike.
  • Organize with others in your union, industry, or campaign. Face-to-face meetings to share tactics and swap notes are the heart of the Labor Notes Conference. Join an existing industry, union, or caucus meeting—or contact us to set one up.


“The Labor Notes Conference is where union members come together to strategize. Last time we had really productive conversations on how labor and the community are tied together, how to fight privatization, and how unions can connect to wider issues affecting members, like Black Lives Matter. I’ll be there to talk about what’s next.”

Tammie Vinson, Chicago Teachers Union

“Everyone says the Labor Notes Conference is a can’t-miss event! I’m excited to meet brothers and sisters who are organizing and mobilizing to build power in their workplaces. We need a stronger network across the country to take on corporations like AT&T, and I hear Labor Notes is the place to share information on what everybody’s doing locally.”

Manny Hartman, Communications Workers Local 3122, Miami

“I went last year for the first time and learned so much. When I met workers who are organizing in my home country, Brazil, I realized we’re not an island—because of globalization, we’re all facing similar problems. The best part was seeing how motivated everyone was to fight for their rights. I’ll definitely be there.”

Jorge Lopez, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center



$150. Includes light breakfasts and Saturday night banquet.

Register online by Tuesday, March 29. Walk-in registrants also welcome!

To support our Conference scholarship fund, register at the Sustainer level. Thank you for helping sponsor low-wage, unemployed, and young workers!


This year we’re in a bigger hotel: the Hyatt Regency O’Hare at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. It’s near the Rosemont CTA train station (Blue Line).

Hotel Booking:
UPDATE: We have a hotel room block at the Doubletree Rosemont, across the street from the conference site; reserve online or call 1-800-756-5505 and use code: LAN. We also have a small number of rooms available at the Hilton Rosemont, call 888-452-6943 and use group code LBN; you can reserve online here.

Air Travel:

Fly to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). There is a free shuttle to the hotel.


Available for a donation for children over 1 year old. Request by Monday, March 28.

Contact Labor Notes if you need childcare or other arrangements. Only partial refunds will be made after March 15.


Workshops and meetings begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, and end at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

Click here to view the full program lineup.


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