Portland Troublemakers School

April 08, 2017
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April 08, 2017, 9:00 am





childcare stipends available

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Portland-area Troublemakers are gathering for a day of skill-building workshops that will help union members and labor activists build power on the job.

Keynote Speaker: Jovanka Beckles, a union activist twice elected to the city council of Richmond, California, and a leader of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a grassroots coalition dedicated to making Richmond a city for the 99%.

Hear from union leaders and activists about how to fight back and win, take part in trainings such as “Beating Apathy,” "Preparing for Right-to-Work," "Building Strong Labor-Community Alliances," and "Assertive Grievance Handling."

Network with local organizers to share strategies on building a stronger workers movement in Portland.


Saturday, April 8
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


UA 290 Training Center
20210 SW Teton Ave.
Tualatin, OR
(Click here for directions.)


$10, Lunch included. Childcare stipends, transportation, and Spanish translation available. To sign up or for questions, contact Johanna (email labornotespdx@gmail.com, phone 971-998-7340).

“I’m looking forward to learning new techniques to help strengthen our union and the labor movement at large! Getting together allows for a good exchange of ideas, and builds a stronger labor community by building resources and contacts.”

—Linda Jauron-Mills, Tri-Met bus driver and ATU 757 member

“At the Troublemakers School we can build solidarity with other workers—and also learn how they organize, the strategies they use.”

—John Feeney
, plumber and member of UA Local 290


The UA 290 Hall is closer than you think! Five minutes from I-5, and just 20 minutes from downtown Portland. To get there:

  • Take I-5 to Exit 289 toward Tualatin/Sherwood
  • Right onto SW Nyberg St
  • Slight left onto Tualatin Sherwood Rd
  • Left on SW Teton
  • After you cross the railroad tracks, the entrance to the 290 parking lot is your first left.


Tabling is open to sponsoring unions, organizations whose members are presenting at the school, and unions and community-based organizations working on issues that are in line with those the school is discussing. All requests for tables will be considered by the Troublemakers School organizing committee. Email labornotespdx@gmail.com to request a table. Cost of a table is $25. This fee may be waived by the organizing committee. The deadline for requesting to table is March 25.


Choose your registration level from the drop-down menu below. Optional: Add a one-year subscription to Labor Notes magazine, 12 monthly issues, for just $15! That's 50 percent off the regular price. Select "Add to Cart," then complete our online checkout process using the "Shopping Cart" in the upper right.

Several unions have prepaid the registration costs for their members to attend. If your union is one of these (AAUP/PSU, AFSCME Local 88, ATU Local 757, UBC Oregon/Southwest Washington, ILWU Local 4, LIUNA Local 483, NALC Branch 82, PAT, REA, SEIU Local 503, or UA Local 290), click here to register without paying the fee. If you're not sure whether this applies to you, email al@labornotes.org.

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