Last weekend, IWJ national staff and six affiliated worker centers joined more than 1,500 labor advocates at Labor Notes’ annual conference.
Labor Notes produces a monthly magazine and holds a conference each year filled with rank-and-file members, local union leaders and labor activists who gather to talk about the labor movement. Arise Chicago Worker Center director Adam Kader was on the planning committee for the conference.
IWJ staff visited workshops and and met with allies in the worker movement. Three affiliated worker centers led workshops including Arise Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha and New Labor.
New Labor was recognized for their work with temporary warehouse workers in New Jersey. They were honored with the “Troublemakers Award” along with three other groups from across the country working with warehouse workers.
The Madison Worker’s Rights Center served as workshop interpreters. Members of the worker center also interpreters with the Interpreters Co-op of Madison.
Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Justice Center and Portland Worker's Center in Portland, Maine also attended the conference.
Conferences like Labor Notes provide time and space for the IWJ affiliated network to meet and discuss in person critical issues to their work at the local level and through a national lens. The workshops offer insight and guidance to current campaigns and strategies.
Visit our worker center network site for more information on the campaigns IWJ affiliates are working on in their communities, and get in touch with them to join us as we build this movement.