2016 Labor Notes Conference, April 1-3 in Chicago

April 01, 2016
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Event at a Glance


April 01, 2016, 1:00 pm


$150 (Early Bird Special: $105 before February 15!)


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

Hotel Rooms

$125 for up to four people

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Early Bird Special: Registration just $105 ($45 off) until February 15!

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

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 by February 15 for a big discount: $45 off!

Some scholarships are available. Please apply here.

To support the 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:

$125 per night. Rooms can hold up to four people. Book at bit.ly/LNhotel or (888) 421-1442. Mention “Labor Notes Conference” to get our room rate (guaranteed until March 15).

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 March 15.

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.

Check back here for speakers and full schedule as the event gets closer. (Meanwhile, to get the flavor, click here for a report on our 2014 conference and here to check out the 2014 lineup.)


Keep the troublemaking going year-round! For just $15 more, add a half-price subscription to Labor Notes magazine.


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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