"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. »
Despite heavy pressure from their employer and their own union leaders, rank-and-file Teamsters across the U.S. last week voted down the controversial tentative agreement at UPS, 54 percent no to 46 percent yes.
Even UPS indicated it was ready to return to the table.
But then Teamsters Package Division Director Denis Taylor announced he would exploit a constitutional loophole to declare this contract ratified.
Teamster activists are calling on the union and the company to respect the majority vote and reopen negotiations. »
The Troublemakers School program is live! View here.
Workshop descriptions are available here.
Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The James Baldwin School, 351 W 18th St, Manhattan (between 8th and 9th Aves.) »
The conference schedule is now available!
Click here (PDF) or here (interactive online schedule) to check out this year's fantastic lineup, by far our biggest ever, with 200 meetings, workshops, and main sessions. »
Are you beating your head against the wall trying to get your co-workers involved?
Are you worried about how your union will fare under Right-To-Work?
Come to these workshops that help organizers and activists build power on the job!
9:30 a.m Registration
10:00 Welcome Speaker, WeRoc: Desiree Conyers
10:30am-12pm Morning WorkshopsOne-on-one ConversationsContract Campaigns
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking
1:00pm-3pm* Workshop: Building Your Union under Right-To-Work-for-Less »
Union members and activists in Japan are organizing Troublemakers Schools in Tokyo (November 11-12) and Osaka/Kyoto (November 18-19). Using Labor Notes' Secrets of a Successful Organizer book, participants will learn how to identify fellow leaders, build a winning leadership team, and plot a shop floor campaign.
For more information, contact Matt Noyes: mn[at]rollingearth[dot]org.
Are you beating your head against the wall trying to get your co-workers involved? These workshops are for you. Join us Saturday, October 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eastern Michigan University.
Please choose one of two workshops:
1. Turning an Issue into a Campaign: Everybody has complaints, but an organizer has the skills to turn problems into opportunities. Learn how to sort out the issues you hear from co-workers, recognize the ones that have organizing potential, and bring people together to make an escalating plan to solve the problem.
Dear Friends of Labor Notes,
More Labor Notes classes are under way. People who came to the December 2016 Troublemakers School said how much they would have liked their co-workers to be there. We had 66 people at our two classes held on April 8—many of them new people. Here's another chance to invite co-workers and to learn new skills yourself.
On Saturday, June 24, at 10 a.m., we'll be holding two simultaneous classes.
Choose one of two workshops: »