REGISTRATION IS CLOSED It isn’t a conference, but it is a chance to gather with workers from across the country to learn new skills, talk tough challenges, and rekindle troublemaking energy. Labor Notes will be holding a series of workshops and conversations throughout the month of April via Zoom. The program includes organizing basics, labor and the Green New Deal, caucus building, how to refuse austerity measures, and hearing from Amazon workers who are in the fight to unionize. »
Western MA Troublemakers School
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED, CHECK YOUR EMAIL (AND MAYBE SPAM FOLDER) FOR LINKS AND PROGRAM. The Western MA Area Labor Federation is partnering with Labor Notes to offer a Troublemakers School. We aim to build labor power and solidarity from the Worcester Hills to the Berkshires. Workshops and panel discussions will highlight the struggles, wins, and ongoing organizing efforts of workers in Western Massachusetts. Friday, February 5: »
REGISTER HERE Fights for union demands such as safe staffing and struggles against privatization have taken on even more significance during a dire public health crisis. Hear from worker leaders who organized with their co-workers to use their ultimate weapon—the strike—to fight for what they need not just during the pandemic, but beyond. Come learn from organizers who were able to bring together their co-workers to go on strike under incredibly difficult circumstances. »
Mandatory overtime, speed-up, and union-busting at the U.S. Postal Service—sound familiar? Here’s how postal workers in 1978 confronted grueling and dangerous conditions: they walked out on a wildcat strike. Join the organizers of the ad hoc "Save Our Postal Service" Facebook page for a film and discussion about then and now. »
Join us for the third in a series of webinar events, "Requests for Information" with veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz, moderated by Labor Notes staffer Bianca Cunningham. The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 17th, at 7 p.m. EDT. One of the most useful parts of U.S. labor law is the obligation of employers to furnish records and other information needed to investigate and process union grievances, as well as to negotiate contracts. This webinar will cover how unions can get the most out of these information requests. »
Massachusetts teachers rallied in front of Springfield City Hall in early August to demand the school year start with remote-only learning. Photo: Dave Madeloni
Workers across the country are taking up the fight for health and safety and against furloughs, budget cuts and concessions. Faced with unsafe school openings, educators are at the forefront of these struggles - and we can learn a lot from them. Please join us next Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm EDT for a Labor Notes Webinar. We will hear from educators organizing for safe school openings, how they've been building power and why it matters to all workers. »
Join us for the second in a series of webinar events, "Weingarten Rights: How to represent workers in investigatory interviews," with veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz, moderated by Labor Notes staffer Bianca Cunningham. The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 6, at 7 p.m. EDT. Registration is free but if you can contribute please do. Your support is appreciated. To learn more, check out Robert M. Schwartz's Work Rights Press book series: »
Organizing Everyone – A Labor Notes online workshop Wednesday July 22 – at 7 PM EDT THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. WE WILL BE SCHEDULING MORE. STAY TUNED. Join Labor Notes for this online interactive workshop. Learn the steps to organize monthly union meetings for all of your co-workers, whether in the workplace, at home or both. You will have several chances during this Zoom workshop to practice the techniques presented and apply them in your own workplace. »