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Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.

Through our magazine, website, books, conferences and workshops, we promote organizing, aggressive strategies to fight concessions, alliances with workers’ centers, and unions that are run by their members.

Labor Notes is also a network of rank-and-file members, local union leaders, and labor activists who know the labor movement is worth fighting for. We encourage connections between workers in different unions, workers centers, communities, industries, and countries to strengthen the movement—from the bottom up.

That movement is needed because workers are being hit hard by their employers. We have lower real wages, less job security, and smaller, weaker unions than our mothers and fathers did.

For the most part, our leaders are doing a poor job of navigating us through the crisis. Some can’t get beyond business-as-usual; others see the need to organize by the millions, but don't believe that workers themselves need to have a say in their unions. Some unions operate only to service their members’ bread and butter needs instead of encouraging their involvement in a movement to fight the employer offensive and transform our society.

With more than 30 years of movement building behind us, Labor Notes exists as a resource for leaders and union members who want to combat these trends and chart a new course for the labor movement.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/about#sthash.wEDi873P.dpuf

About

Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.

Through our magazine, website, books, conferences and workshops, we promote organizing, aggressive strategies to fight concessions, alliances with workers’ centers, and unions that are run by their members.

Labor Notes is also a network of rank-and-file members, local union leaders, and labor activists who know the labor movement is worth fighting for. We encourage connections between workers in different unions, workers centers, communities, industries, and countries to strengthen the movement—from the bottom up.

That movement is needed because workers are being hit hard by their employers. We have lower real wages, less job security, and smaller, weaker unions than our mothers and fathers did.

For the most part, our leaders are doing a poor job of navigating us through the crisis. Some can’t get beyond business-as-usual; others see the need to organize by the millions, but don't believe that workers themselves need to have a say in their unions. Some unions operate only to service their members’ bread and butter needs instead of encouraging their involvement in a movement to fight the employer offensive and transform our society.

With more than 30 years of movement building behind us, Labor Notes exists as a resource for leaders and union members who want to combat these trends and chart a new course for the labor movement.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/about#sthash.wEDi873P.dpuf


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Join Live: Chinese Students and Labor Activists Battle Crackdown at Jasic

Thursday, February 21
8pm EST / 5pm PST

In the past six months, over 50 workers, students, and labor activists in China have been arrested or disappeared by the government. Their crime? Supporting workers at the Jasic welding equipment factory in their legal efforts to form a union.

The Jasic struggle has received tremendous support from student and labor activists across China—one of the few labor struggles marked by a strong student presence during the past 40 years of the country’s economic reforms. Publicity through Chinese social media platforms has overcome the mainstream media blackout on strikes and labor disputes in the increasingly repressive political environment under President Xi Jinping.

Yet the Jasic campaign has also faced the most severe political repression of any labor action in the past decade, as the Xi administration cracks down on labor NGOs, feminist activists, and human rights lawyers.

Join Labor Notes for a webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 8pm EST/5pm PST to hear more about the Jasic struggle, the conditions facing labor activists in China, and the importance of international solidarity with Chinese workers and students.

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Participants:

  • Eli Friedman, Associate Professor, Cornell University and author of The Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China. Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations ended its partnershipwith China’s Renmin University after the school punished students involved in the Jasic protests.
  • Michael Ma, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior. SACOM is a Hong Kong-based workers’ rights organization.
  • Facilitator: Ellen David Friedman, Labor Notes. She taught labor studies in China for 10 years.

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.

Please share the event page with people and networks who may be interested!

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We're excited to announce the dates for the 2020 Labor Notes Conference:
 
April 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
Website: labornotes.org/2020

Our 2018 Conference was the biggest yet, with 3,000 union members and worker center activists in attendance. We hope the next one will be even bigger.

More details will be announced as get closer to the conference. For now, mark your calendars and save the date!

Can't wait that long? Neither can we. In 2019, our 40th anniversary year, we'll be organizing Troublemakers Schools and other trainings in cities across the country. Want to bring us to your city or union hall? Contact training@labornotes.org. And stay tuned for details on plans to commemorate our 40 years of troublemaking.

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.

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Mark your calendar now for the 2016 Labor Notes Conference! Worker activists from across the country and around the world will gather April 1-3, 2016, to share tactics, swap notes, and help put the movement back in the labor movement. We'll be back in Chicago, but in a bigger hotel: the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Details on reserving rooms in our block will be available here closer to the date. Check back here for information to come on registration, workshops, and more. »
Indiana Troublemakers are gathering for a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions for worker activists, union members, students, and community activists to put some movement back in the labor movement. »
Vermont Labor Solidarity and Labor Notes present a Mini-Troublemakers School: Building Activism in Our Unions When: Saturday, October 31, 10am-2pm Where: Vermont Workers Center, 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington Register here! »
Calling all New England Troublemakers! Budget cuts, corporate union-busting, and privatizing schemes are wreaking havoc on working people. Come to the New England Troublemakers School for a day of workshops and discussions on how to put the movement back in the labor movement. The school will be a great opportunity for union members, stewards, and community activists to share strategies and build the solidarity required to build a powerful fightback against corporate power. »
Bay Area Troublemakers are gathering for a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions for worker activists, union members, students, and community activists to put some movement back in the labor movement. Budget cuts, union-busting, privatization, and corporate outsourcing schemes are wreaking havoc on working people in the Bay Area and worldwide. We need a strong, fighting labor movement to take on these anti-worker attacks. »
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