Troublemaking Workshops (Labor Notes) via Zoom

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 8:00pm

Labor Notes is holding a series of workshops and conversations throughout the month of April via Zoom. They're a chance to gather with workers from across the country to learn new skills, talk tough challenges, and rekindle troublemaking energy.

See below for a full list of unlimited participation webinars and workshops. You can find info on panelists on our Month of Troublemaking event page. $20 registration includes access to all the below events.

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Direct Action Organizing for Health Care Workers
Sunday April 18: 8PM EDT
COVID-19 exposed to the public what health care unions had been saying for years: the system is broken! Staffing shortages, lack of PPE, furloughs, and unclear policies meant that nurses, techs, nursing assistants, and support staff in all departments bore the brunt of the pandemic while health care corporations made record profits. This event will feature different stories of workplace organizing and direct action against the boss to build power for essential health workers.

Past Practice Grievances with Robert Schwartz
Monday April 19: 7 PM EDT
Past practice is one of the most frequently cited concepts in labor relations. In this workshop, retired union attorney Robert M. Schwartz, author of How to Win Past Practice Grievances, will discuss the subject in a straightforward manner, identifying the five elements of a bonafide past practice and when a practice has, and does not have, contractual status.

Austerity: The Myth and How to Fight It
Thursday April 22: 7 PM EDT
The Covid-19 pandemic, while unique, has created a familiar crisis in the form of shrinking tax revenues and demands for concessions from workers. In this panel, we'll hear about how austerity is a political choice—not a material necessity—as well as how some unions are fighting back against austerity-driven concessions. 

Organizing at Amazon: Lessons Learned and the Work Ahead
Saturday April 24: 4 PM EDT
Amazon is now the second-largest employer in the U.S., and a presence everywhere in the lives of Americans, reshaping the retail and logistics landscape. This panel will provide an overview of the company’s operations and growth and the threat it poses to members of the Teamsters, postal unions, UFCW, ILWU, and other unions, as well as working conditions generally. And we’ll hear from workers on what it’s like to work at Amazon and about organizing in the company’s warehouses.

Labor and Climate Change Solutions
Sunday April 25: 6 PM EDT
In the past few years, the gravity of the climate crisis has become ever more clear even as policymakers and corporations refuse to act. At the grassroots level, labor has become increasingly active in finding a solution, but much remains to be done. What are local union activists doing to build a more sustainable workplace and world, and how can rising union activism connect with the global struggle to stop catastrophic climate change? 

National Educators Call: Assessing and Building Power in the Pandemic and Beyond
Tuesday April 27: 8 PM EDT
What have we learned? What are our next struggles? Join preK-12 educators from across the country to identify the struggles ahead and discuss how to use lessons learned from the pandemic going forward.

How to Defend Your Co-workers in Disciplinary Meetings
Thursday April 29: 6 PM EDT
Stewards are the backbone of every union, defending their co-workers when they are needed most. In this workshop we will review how stewards can use their special rights and protections to effectively advocate for their coworkers in investigatory interviews. We will also discuss how to handle supervisors who are trying to put you off or trip you up. 

Read more and register HERE.


$20 for the whole month. Includes access to all workshops until limits are filled.

  • Also available: registration plus 50% off a one-year subscription to Labor Notes magazine: $35!
  • Reduced registrations at $10 are available for those who need. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    For more information contact Barbara Madeloni at
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In solidarity,
Barbara Madeloni and Labor Notes staff

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