REGISTER HERE Fights for union demands such as safe staffing and struggles against privatization have taken on even more significance during a dire public health crisis. Hear from worker leaders who organized with their co-workers to use their ultimate weapon—the strike—to fight for what they need not just during the pandemic, but beyond. Come learn from organizers who were able to bring together their co-workers to go on strike under incredibly difficult circumstances. »
Mandatory overtime, speed-up, and union-busting at the U.S. Postal Service—sound familiar? Here’s how postal workers in 1978 confronted grueling and dangerous conditions: they walked out on a wildcat strike. Join the organizers of the ad hoc "Save Our Postal Service" Facebook page for a film and discussion about then and now. »
Join us for the third in a series of webinar events, "Requests for Information" with veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz, moderated by Labor Notes staffer Bianca Cunningham. The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 17th, at 7 p.m. EDT. One of the most useful parts of U.S. labor law is the obligation of employers to furnish records and other information needed to investigate and process union grievances, as well as to negotiate contracts. This webinar will cover how unions can get the most out of these information requests. »
Massachusetts teachers rallied in front of Springfield City Hall in early August to demand the school year start with remote-only learning. Photo: Dave Madeloni
Workers across the country are taking up the fight for health and safety and against furloughs, budget cuts and concessions. Faced with unsafe school openings, educators are at the forefront of these struggles - and we can learn a lot from them. Please join us next Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm EDT for a Labor Notes Webinar. We will hear from educators organizing for safe school openings, how they've been building power and why it matters to all workers. »
Join us for the second in a series of webinar events, "Weingarten Rights: How to represent workers in investigatory interviews," with veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz, moderated by Labor Notes staffer Bianca Cunningham. The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 6, at 7 p.m. EDT. Registration is free but if you can contribute please do. Your support is appreciated. To learn more, check out Robert M. Schwartz's Work Rights Press book series: »
Organizing Everyone – A Labor Notes online workshop Wednesday July 22 – at 7 PM EDT THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. WE WILL BE SCHEDULING MORE. STAY TUNED. Join Labor Notes for this online interactive workshop. Learn the steps to organize monthly union meetings for all of your co-workers, whether in the workplace, at home or both. You will have several chances during this Zoom workshop to practice the techniques presented and apply them in your own workplace. »
The country has erupted in protests after the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, from big cities to small-town America. Citywide coalitions are pushing to reduce funding for police and use the money for the many other public services that are always on the chopping block. How are union members and unions rising to the moment? Join a Labor Notes discussion Wednesday, June 24 at 8pm eastern time with: »
"reject austerity" in cursive
No sooner had the pandemic hit than the attack on public education—K12 through higher ed—began. Workers are being furloughed, jobs cut, and the "common sense" of online learning imposed. We are told that we have to tighten our belts and accept austerity measures. »