2020 Labor Notes Conference, April 17-19 in Chicago

April 17, 2020
Crowd of UTLA teachers on strike in January 2019
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April 17, 2020, 9:00 am


Hyatt Regency O'Hare: 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL

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Photo: Joe Brusky.

Register now for the 2020 Labor Notes Conference, the biggest gathering out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 9 a.m. - Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency O’Hare at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!: Registration just $115 ($45 off the regular price of $160) until March 2! To register, click here.

A limited number of scholarships are available to help cover the cost of registration. Please click here to apply.

Please note that the Saturday night banquet is sold separately from registration for the conference and space is limited. If you wish to attend the banquet, please select one of the options that includes the banquet in the purchase below.

Program schedule: To see a summary of the program for the conference, click here.

Hotel Booking: Rooms at the conference hotel are sold out. There are many hotels a short cab ride or drive away, and the conference hotel is a short walk from the CTA's Rosemont Blue Line station with connections throughout Chicago.

Air Travel: Fly to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). There are free shuttles to the conference hotel and other nearby hotels.

Childcare: Available for children over 1 year old. Request by March 27. Donations appreciated. Contact Barbara at Labor Notes (barbara[at]labornotes[dot]org) if you need childcare or have accessibility or other requests.

International Attendees: Coming from somewhere other than the U.S. or Canada? Fill out this form to help us with planning.

Questions? Call 718-284-4144 or e-mail conference[at]labornotes[dot]org.

The Labor Notes Conference is the biggest gathering out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.

  • Join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists who are on the front lines in our workplaces and our communities, organizing new workers and agitating together. Meet troublemakers from across the country and around the world.
  • More than 200 meetings and workshops include creative organizing tactics, beating apathy, running for local union office, winning contract campaigns, bargaining over technology, understanding the economy, surviving “right to work,” and reviving the strike.
  • Organize with others in your union, industry, or campaign. Face-to-face meetings to share tactics and swap notes are the heart of the Labor Notes Conference. Join an existing industry, union, or caucus meeting—or contact us to set one up.

WE’LL BE THERE: "I’ll be at Labor Notes for the workshops and the networking opportunities. I love that it’s a place where we can meet new people from so many different industries and hear how they solve problems. It’s always useful for me as an outspoken activist to learn new organizing techniques." —Kim Marshall, CWA Local 1101 steward, New York, NY

"You will always find me at Labor Notes. There are so many good workshops—I’ll go with a friend, split up and share notes. When the conference is over, you are ready to fight management. You’re more prepared, you’ve got new things up your sleeve. And you meet so many great people —Marcos Salgado, Teamsters Local 705 steward, Chicago, IL

“Labor Notes is the gift that keeps on giving. When I was first asked to go, to talk about our statewide strike, I had no idea what Labor Notes was. But at the conference I gained a deeper understanding of myself and our struggle in West Virginia. I found life-changing connections and potentially lifelong friends.” —Nicole McCormick, Mercer County Education Association president, Athens, WV

See you in Chicago!

REGISTER NOW: To register an individual, choose your registration level from the menu below and add it to your shopping cart. Then complete the checkout process through our online store. (Look for the “shopping cart” logo in the upper right corner of your screen.) To register a group of people, you can call our New York office at 718-284-4144, or pay online by adding one registration to your shopping cart, then going into the shopping cart and increasing the quantity. Fill out this form to let us know who is included in your group. Email the completed form to saurav[at]labornotes[dot]org.

Only partial refunds for registration will be made after March 27.

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