Miami Troublemakers School

Event Date: 
January 23, 2016

Event at a Glance


January 23, 2016, 9:00 am


FIU Labor Center, Room 110, 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL

Conference Flyer

The Miami Troublemakers School is a one-day crash course in rabblerousing for union members, worker center activists, students, and community organizers. The day will feature trainings such as “Beating Apathy,” "Building Strong Labor-Community Coalitions," "Secrets of a Successful Organizer," and "Using Your Rights on the Job." We’ll also have a chance to network and share strategies so that we can build a stronger movement for workers and communities in South Florida.


$20, lunch included. Low-income/student/unemployed registration option $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. $35 gets you registration plus a one-year subscription to Labor Notes magazine. Scholarships available through the South Florida AFL-CIO/Central Labor Council. Contact dan[at]labornotes[dot]org for more info.

Online pre-registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome. You can register at the door when you arrive.


Saturday, January 23, 2016
Registration starts at 9 a.m.
Event: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Detailed schedule below.


FIU Labor Center, Room 110
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Directions & Parking:

We'll be in the Labor Center/English Language Institute building on the FIU campus. To get there:

  1. Enter the campus at SW 112th Ave & SW 8th St.
  2. Make a right onto East Campus Circle.
  3. Follow East Campus Circle until you pass the Nature Preserve and Jogging Path on your right.
  4. Make a left into the parking lot across from Parkview Hall.
  5. If you miss the first entrance to the parking lot, keep going on E. Campus Circle and make a left on SW 14th St. You should see a sign for Lot 8.

To see these directions on a campus map, click here.


Here's an overview of the day. For a detailed lineup of workshops and presenters, click here.

9 - 9:30 a.m. Registration (light breakfast and coffee available)

9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Opening Plenary:

  • Cynthia Hernandez, South Florida Central Labor Council - Welcome
  • John Ford, Jefferson County Education Association - on fighting back a Tea Party takeover of a Colorado school board
  • Marissa Lee, National Nurses United - on the fight for a fair contract at at Osceola Regional Hospital
  • Olga Zelaya, SEIU 32BJ - on the campaign against union-busting at Sunset Place

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Morning Workshops:

  • Beating Apathy with the Secrets of a Successful Organizer
  • Who’s Got the Power?
  • Online Organizing to Build Power

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch (generously provided by LiUNA!)

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Workshops 1:

  • Labor-Community Alliances Done Right
  • What’s Your Story? Talking to Co-Workers and the Media
  • Taking Action on the Job

3 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops 2:

  • Legal Rights on the Job
  • One-on-One Conversations

4:30 - 5 p.m. Closing Plenary:

Reflections on the day and how we can move forward toward building a more powerful movement of working people throughout Florida.


Spanish interpretation will be offered for the plenary sessions and some workshops.
Contaremos con servicio de interpretación simultánea durante las sesiones plenarias y algunos talleres.


Contact Caitlin MacLaren, (786) 253-8708, marcaimac[at]gmail[dot]com.

What Is Labor Notes?

Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.

Through our magazine, website, books, conferences and workshops, we promote organizing, aggressive strategies to fight concessions, alliances with workers’ centers, and unions that are run by their members.

Labor Notes is also a network of rank-and-file members, local union leaders, and labor activists who know the labor movement is worth fighting for. We encourage connections between workers in different unions, workers centers, communities, industries, and countries to strengthen the movement—from the bottom up.