Join Live: A Conversation on Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America

Event Date: 
November 15, 2018

Event at a Glance


November 15, 2018, 9:00 pm

"Right-to-work" laws and the Supreme Court's Janus decision don't have to mean game-over for unions.

In July, Labor Notes published an expanded special issue highlighting examples of how workers are building powerful unions despite a mandatory open shop—in schools, factories, buses, hospitals, oil refineries, grocery stores, post offices, and shipyards across the U.S.

Join Labor Notes co-director Samantha Winslow for a video conference call with union activists about the organizing principles and practical steps behind their successes. Hear from bus drivers in Nashville, Tennessee, and Los Angeles teachers about how their unions are not only surviving, but thriving in an open-shop environment.

Thursday, November 15, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (8:00pm Central).


  • Georgia Flowers-Lee is a rank-and-file activist in United Teachers of Los Angeles.
  • Patrick Green is president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235 in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Amy Mizialko is president of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association in Wisconsin.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants can join by phone or computer. Space is limited. You must register to participate in this call.

Click here to register.

Read the special issue. Purchase a bundle for your union or reading group.