Chicago Troublemakers School

Event Date: 
May 21, 2011

Event at a Glance


May 21, 2011, 9:00 am


Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago

Conference Flyer

Amid layoffs, budget cuts, and legislative attempts to break unions, working people and communities are fighting back and rebuilding solidarity.

Chicago's Labor Notes Troublemakers School will bring together labor and community activists for a day of networking, skill building, and strategy discussion.

Arturo Velasquez Institute
2800 S. Western Ave.,

Read here what happened at the School.

Workshops include:

  • Understanding the Economic Crisis.
  • Advancing Labor’s Political Agenda in Chicago and Nationally.
  • Immigrant Workers and the Future of Labor.
  • Building Campus Coalitions.
  • Contract Campaigns.
  • Public Employees, Public Services, and the Budget Squeeze.
  • Helping Workers Fight Discipline & Dismissal.
  • 101 Ways to Energize Your Local Union.
  • Lights, Camera, Direct Action!
  • Immigration Rights at the Workplace and I-9 Harassment.
  • FBI Raids and Civil Liberty Threats: Labor’s Response.
  • Getting Labor On Offense.

Morning Plenary: Fighting Back in Tough Times Peg Coyne – President-Elect, Madison Teachers Inc.
Eric Cobb – Executive Director, Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin
Mark Brenner – Director, Labor Notes

Afternoon Plenary: Building Labor-Community Alliances
Karen Lewis – President, Chicago Teachers Union
Dennis Kosuth – National Nurses United
Artemio Arreola – Political Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

* Plenary sessions will include Spanish interpreters.