Dallas Troublemakers School
UPDATE: 8:30 am-Registration Opens
9:00 am- Morning Plenary
- Laurie Burris, Oklahoma Education Association on their statewide teachers strike
- Stephanie Kopnang, UNITE HERE, on airport sky chefs voting to strike for a fair contract
10:15 am- Workshop Block 1 (participants can choose to attend one of the following)
Beating Apathy-Are you beating your head up against a wall trying to get other workers involved? This workshop is for you. Hear success stories fro those who've turned their workplaces around and turned apathy into action. Learn practical organizing tools for engaging your co-workers, taking action, and getting results.
Dealing With Difficult Bosses- Supervisors have strategies to put you off, trip you up, or get around the contract. Share tactics for dealing with the different types: tough guys and sweet talkers, flamethrowers and procrastinators, and everything in between. Expect to role play.
Race and Labor: Lets Talk About It- How does racism show up in our workplaces, and even in our unions? What are strategies to confront it through our bargaining, organizing, union culture, and community connections? And what can you say to union brothers and sisters who aren't convinced racial justice has anything to do with union politics? This is an abbreviated version of a workshop that's been sparking a lot of conversation in unions across the country.
Assembling Your Dream Team- Your workplace may feel like an unorganized mess, but the truth is you're not starting from zero. There's organization there already-though it might have nothing to do with the union. Learn how to map out the existing networks, and then knit them together into an organizing committee.
12:15 pm- LUNCH
1:30 pm- Workshop Block 2 (participants can choose to attend one of the following)
Turning an Issue into a Campaign- Everybody has complaints and frustrations, but an organizer had the power to turn problems into opportunities. Learn how to sort through the issues you hear from co-workers, bring people together, and make a plan to solve them.
- Fighting for Immigrant Justice in the Workplace
Enforcing your UPS Contract- In this workshop, UPS Teamsters will learn how to fight harassment and unfair discipline, get tips and practice dealing with difficult supervisors, and make plans to get organized to build unity and take on
3:30 pm- Closing Plenary
- Tevita Uhatafe, TWU-513, shop steward on the mechanics fight against AA
- Karen Reyes, Education Austin on the recent campaign to get wage increases
Dallas Troublemakers are planning a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions to put some movement back in the labor movement.
This school will be a great opportunity for union members and labor activists to share strategies and build the solidarity required in these tough times.
A light breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials are included with registration.
Workshops on Secrets of a Successful Organizer, Building Power at Your Worksite and more! We will have a full agenda for the school, including workshops and plenaries, as we get closer.
For more info, contact Bianca Cunningham of Labor Notes: (718) 284-4144, bianca[at]labornotes[dot]org.
Cost: $20 regular registration; $10 low-income. For $35, you get a regular registration plus a half-price one-year subscription to Labor Notes.
Register online below or at the door (though please e-mail bianca[at]labornotes[dot]org if you're paying at the door, so we can get an accurate head count!).
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.