2018 Labor Notes Conference, April 6-8 in Chicago

April 06, 2018
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April 06, 2018, 1:00 pm


$150 (Early Bird Special: $105 before February 26!)


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

Hotel Rooms

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The conference schedule is now available! Click here to check out this year's fantastic lineup, by far our biggest ever, with 200 meetings, workshops, and main sessions.

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


Labor Notes Conferences are the biggest gatherings out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.


  • 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 across 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.


Don’t miss a weekend of inspiration, education, and agitation. Register today!


Registration: $150. Includes light breakfasts and Saturday night banquet. Register online by February 26 and get $45 off (choose "Early Bird Registration" below). 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!

Schedule: Workshops and meetings begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, and end at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8.


The Hyatt Regency O'Hare is now full, as are several other nearby hotels where we have blocks. There are hotels with availability in Rosemont in short driving distance and the conference hotel is a short walk from the Rosemont CTA station on the Blue Line. Limited parking is available on-site at the hotel for $5/day.

Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (same as in 2016). It’s near the Rosemont CTA train station (Blue Line).
Air Travel: Fly to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). There is a free shuttle to the hotel.
Childcare: Available for a donation for children over 1 year old. Request by Monday, March 23. E-mail jonah[at]labornotes[dot]org.
International Attendees: Coming from somewhere other than the U.S. or Canada? Fill out this form to help us with planning.
Accessibility: Spanish interpretation will be available for plenaries and selected workshops. Please contact conference[at]labornotes[dot]org if you will need interpretation in another language. The hotel is wheelchair-accessible. Please contact conference[at]labornotes[dot]org with accessibility requests or questions. Only partial refunds to registration will be made after March 23. For more information call 718-284-4144 or e-mail conference[at]labornotes[dot]org.


"We organized our union at Lipton Tea a year ago and just won our first contract. I’m excited to attend my first Labor Notes Conference and to talk with other workers about how they are standing up to management. Labor Notes is a place where activists like me can learn how to make our unions stronger."

Anita Anderson, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, Suffolk, Virginia

"Labor Notes shows us that our struggle isn’t a lonely one. I’ve met workers from all across the globe dealing with the same issues that we deal with working at UPS. From taking on subcontracting and automation to building a network of workplace activists and organizing a contract campaign, you learn how to tackle the hard issues. After every Conference I come back energized and better educated."

Nick Perry, Teamsters Local 413, Columbus, Ohio

“Seeing us all together at the last Labor Notes Conference rallying for the same cause made me realize that this is a fight worth staying in. I was especially moved when I got to hear the leaders of the Driscoll’s blueberry workers fight, since I’d been telling my students about the boycott. Being a part of all that solidified my decision to step up and take on more leadership in my own union.”

Gloria Martinez, United Teachers Los Angeles, California


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To register an individual, choose your registration level from the menu below and add it to your shopping cart. Then complete the checkout process through our online store. (Look for the “shopping cart” logo in the upper right corner of your screen.) To register a group of people, you can call our New York office at 718-284-4144, or pay online by adding one registration to your shopping cart, then going into the shopping cart and increasing the quantity. Fill out this form to let us know who is included in your group. Email the completed form to al[at]labornotes[dot]org.

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