Lessons from Chicago Teachers: Labor Notes Book Party in Madison

Event Date: 
February 24, 2014

Event at a Glance


February 24, 2014, 7:00 pm


The Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S Park St Madison WI

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Join us for a discussion of Labor Notes' new book, How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers at Madison's Labor Temple, Monday, February 24, sponsored by the TAA and the Labor and Working Class Studies Project and endorsed by the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL).

How to Jump-Start Your Union tells how activists transformed their union by engaging their co-workers and neighbors and unleashing the smarts of rank-and-file members. Readers will learn how to work with their communities, organize a caucus, run for office, rebuild a stewards network, train new leaders, run a contract campaign, and strike.

Books will be for sale at the event for $15.

For questions or to RSVP, call (718) 284-4144 or email samantha[at]labornotes[dot]org.

Comments on the book:

“This play-by-play account of one of the most successful strikes in modern U.S. history documents what it takes to level the playing field against corporate masters and politicians. The lessons put forth by Labor Notes should serve as ‘common core standards’ by unionists who seek to re-energize their own organizations.”

How to Jump-Start Your Union should be a beacon to all rank-and-file members on how to bring democracy to their locals. It’s a toolkit that shows how good old-fashioned hard work and faith in the membership can empower every frontline worker. The bird’s-eye view of the CORE caucus carefully proves that issues are more important than elections and can serve to unite us. It is never all right to just complain.”
—KAREN LEWIS, president, Chicago Teachers Union