Student debt is only one of the crises facing higher education. Under the myth of austerity, public higher education has been underfunded and driven to take on debt. Debt now constitutes significant portions of campus budgets, and debt-serving fees cost students thousands of dollars a year and deprive them and campus workers of the funds they need. Join Labor Notes and members of the Public Higher Education Workers network as we expose how campus debt undermines our campuses. Develop the skills and strategies to organize to end campus debt. »
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - THIS SERIES IS AT CAPACITY. There will be more to come! Keep an eye on your inbox. Join us for our Secrets of a Successful Organizer training series: 1. Beating Apathy; 2. Assembling Your Dream Team; and 3. Turning an Issue into a Campaign. These are based on our widely-acclaimed book, Secrets of a Successful Organizer. These trainings will be held via Zoom. The sessions will run Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm ET (4:00-6:00pm PT) on August 10, 17, 24, and 31. »
This series of three workshops is being offered through the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. Registration is limited to union and community members from the Hudson Valley. The three sessions will run on Thursdays, July 8, 15 and 22 from 7 - 9 PM. Cost is $10.00 for the entire series. Capacity will be limited, so register early. If your union is paying for your registration, please have them contact Barbara Madeloni for a form to complete. »
Labor activists on the floor writing with pink marker on a big sheet of white paper.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY FOR THESE WORKSHOPS. Keep a look out for more workshops being offered in the months ahead. As summer beckons, troublemakers are plotting. Learn new skills and build power with workers from across the country to rekindle the flame of rank-and-file militancy. Leading up to the 2022 Labor Notes conference, we are hosting online troublemaking via Zoom. Our April Month of Troublemaking was such a raging success—or “lit” as the kids say nowadays— we thought we would keep turning up the heat on the bosses. »
A group of Amazon solidarity activists pose for a photo with their fist raised. Some hold signs that read "Put Workers First," "Amazon Workers Need a Union," and "Solidarity Forever."
OREGON TROUBLEMAKERS SCHOOL Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16 Presented by the NW Labor Notes Organizing Committee Register at the bottom of this page. Full agenda now available—see below. Join union members and other local labor and community activists for a weekend of online skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions to put some movement back in the labor movement. »
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. »