Bay Area Troublemakers School

Event Date: 
October 17, 2015

Event at a Glance


October 17, 2015, 9:00 am


Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, 94704 Berkeley, CA

Conference Flyer

Bay Area Troublemakers are gathering for a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions for worker activists, union members, students, and community activists to put some movement back in the labor movement.

Budget cuts, union-busting, privatization, and corporate outsourcing schemes are wreaking havoc on working people in the Bay Area and worldwide. We need a strong, fighting labor movement to take on these anti-worker attacks.


Online registration is now closed. You can register at the door, $30, $15 for students and low-income, lunch included.


Saturday, October 17
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
See details on location here.


Registration 8:30 a.m.
(coffee and light snacks)

Opening Plenary 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Kathryn Lybarger (President, California Labor Federation, AFSCME University of California Employees, Local 3299) Welcome.
Mark Brenner ( Labor Notes) On putting the movement back in the labor movement.
Jovanka Beckles (Richmond Progressive Alliance, Richmond City Council, Public Employees Union, Local 1) On winning power for the people.
Keith Brown (Oakland Education Association) On workers fighting for racial justice.

Morning Workshops: 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Unions Fight for Affordable Housing
Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Assertive Grievance Handling
Talking Taxes: How to Fix the Public Sector Budget Crisis
Building a Member-to-Member Organizing Network
Immigrant Workers Organizing
How to Organize a Strike School

Lunch 12:00 p.m.
(lunch is included with registration)

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Labor and Environmental Justice
Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Beating Apathy
Contract Campaigns That Win
Bargaining for the Public Good
Black Lives Matter: Workers Fight For Racial Justice
How to March on Your Boss

Closing Plenary: 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lita Blanc (United Educators of San Francisco) On fighting corporate education reform and building a social justice union.

Spanish interpretation will be available at the main sessions and some workshops.
Download Spanish language flyer here.