Come celebrate 40 years of making trouble with Labor Notes at our anniversary issue release party in New York City on February 1st. There will be speakers from four generations of troublemaking, cash bar, dance party! SPECIAL GUEST: Arlene Inouye, Secretary and Bargaining Chair of United Teachers Los Angeles. Arlene will join us in person to celebrate and share the lessons of L.A. teachers' victorious 6-day strike. WHEN: Friday, February 1st, 7:00 p.m. »
35,000 teachers in Los Angeles are out on strike to take on the privatization agenda of Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and current Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) are demanding a pay increase, smaller class sizes, more funding for counselors, social workers, and nurses and a moratorium on charter school expansion. The school district is hoping to hold on to their $1.9 billion in reserves and continue defunding, dismantling, and privatizing L.A.'s 900 public schools. »
Labor might be on the ropes, but it still knows how to throw a punch. 2018 saw thousands of teachers, campus workers, and hotel workers hit the streets in support of bold demands. What does it take to strike and win in the new Gilded Age? Join Labor Notes Assistant Editor Dan DiMaggio on Monday, December 17, at 9:00 p.m. EST for a video conference call with activists on the front lines of some of 2018's biggest labor fights. Participants: »
Are you ready to organize your co-workers to win victories at work? These workshops are for you. Learn the basics of organizing and creating a winning plan, based on the popular book Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Learn the time-tested methods that work! When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9 am-1 pm Where: University Hospital, 1500 East Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor Cost: $10 – Regular Registration. $5 low-income. Full scholarships available. »
"Right-to-work" laws and the Supreme Court's Janus decision don't have to mean game-over for unions. In July, Labor Notes published an expanded special issue highlighting examples of how workers are building powerful unions despite a mandatory open shop—in schools, factories, buses, hospitals, oil refineries, grocery stores, post offices, and shipyards across the U.S. »
Despite heavy pressure from their employer and their own union leaders, rank-and-file Teamsters across the U.S. last week voted down the controversial tentative agreement at UPS, 54 percent no to 46 percent yes. Even UPS indicated it was ready to return to the table. But then Teamsters Package Division Director Denis Taylor announced he would exploit a constitutional loophole to declare this contract ratified. Teamster activists are calling on the union and the company to respect the majority vote and reopen negotiations. »
The Troublemakers School program is live! View here. Workshop descriptions are available here. Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The James Baldwin School, 351 W 18th St, Manhattan (between 8th and 9th Aves.) »
The conference schedule is now available! Click here (PDF) or here (interactive online schedule) to check out this year's fantastic lineup, by far our biggest ever, with 200 meetings, workshops, and main sessions. »