Puget Sound Troublemakers School

Event Date: 
September 30, 2023
A group of 80 people with signs stand inside a collegiate-looking building. A woman in front holds a sign saying “Bioengineering for a Fair Contract.”

Event at a Glance


September 30, 2023, 9:00 am

Online registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome! You are welcome to show up Saturday morning; you can register at the door. See you soon!

NOTE: SPANISH INTERPRETATION HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please get in touch with us if you have questions!

Calling all troublemakers! That means you: union members, leaders, shop stewards, worker center activists, folks new to organizing. Activists from around the Puget Sound area are coming together for a day of workshops and sessions to connect and learn from each other how to build the movement we need. 

The planet is heating up, wages are way behind inflation, and corporations are taking home more profits than ever. But we are seeing a huge surge in organizing! Unions of all kinds are organizing and taking the fight to their bosses. We see brand new unions, labor-organized community campaigns, workplace actions and strikes and more challenging the power and winning. 

Join Labor Notes and labor activists from around the area to strategize, share skills, and learn ways to organize to win.

Troublemakers Schools are day-long mini-conferences that cover organizing skills and highlight real-world examples of taking on the boss - and winning. Whether you’re new to union activism or are an experienced union activist, there’s something there for you!


Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


South Seattle College in West Seattle

6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

Registration costs: $40. Includes lunch, printed materials, interpretation and childcare. For those who need it, there is a $15 low-income/student rate available. 

ALSO AVAILABLE: registration plus HALF OFF a one-year subscription to Labor Notes: $55.

For more details, contact Sarah at sarah[at]labornotes[dot]org or 718-284-4144.

Can your organization help keep costs low by sponsoring? Details here.


ASL interpretation will be offered for the general sessions and some workshops (we did not receive requests for Spanish interpretation, so it will not be offered). If you or someone in your group will need interpretation, please contact Sarah at sarah[at]labornotes[dot]org or 718-284-4144. | Contaremos con servicio de interpretación simultánea durante las sesiones plenarias y algunos talleres.


Childcare will be provided! Please contact Sarah at sarah[at]labornotes[dot]org, 718-284-4144 so we can get a count.


Given the persistence of COVID-19, we strongly encourage participants to wear a mask all day at this event. Please also test before attending and stay home if you are sick (refunds available). 
The opening and closing sessions will be at the Brockey Center, and workshops will be in classrooms in a connected building. All spaces are wheelchair accessible and close by. Parking is a short walk away in the South visitor lot. Large rooms will have microphone amplification. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, contact Sarah at sarah[at]labornotes[dot]org or 718-284-4144.


8:00 Registration and coffee
9:00-10:00 Welcome and opening panel
10:15-11:45 Morning workshops and panels
12-1 Lunch
1-2:30 Afternoon workshops and panels
2:45-4:00 Closing Session
Workshops and panels (tentative): Beating Apathy, Building Leader Committees, Fight the Boss, Fix the Climate!, Power/Participation in Bargaining, Building Power through Grievance Handling, Organizing using Health & Safety, Race and Labor, Turning an Issue into a Campaign, Anti-racist Action, Communicating for Unity and Power, New Organizing, Labor Power in the Community, Bringing the Meeting to the Workers, and more!

Sponsors and endorsements (list is growing):

AFSCME Council 28**
MLK Labor Council**
IBEW Local 46
Renton Education Association
UFCW 3000
SEIU Local 6
Pacific Northwest NewsGuild
1199NW SEIU**
CWA 7800**

**Thank you to our donors!

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