2016 Labor Notes Conference

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Labor Notes

At In These Times, David Moberg covers this year’s Labor Notes conference, held once again in Chicago during a weekend of strikes and marches. He begins:

Every two years since 1981, the Detroit- and Brooklyn-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has rallied union members and wannabe members, as well as some union staff and elected leaders, to join in a long weekend of sharing stories, strategies and wisdom gained in their workplace skirmishes.

They are the sort of people that bosses everywhere — and a few union officials — might call “troublemakers,” and they have adopted the moniker as a badge of honor (including holding “troublemaker schools” and producing tactical handbooks for do-it-yourself organizers).

Last weekend, around 2,200 labor activists, from diverse age groups, industries, personal experiences and nations (about 150 visitors from 22 countries), gathered in Chicago for a packed line-up of workshops and plenary sessions in the largest of these conferences.


South Side Trauma Center

A very good two part article on the politics and economics that leveraged the University of Chicago Medical Center to re-establish an adult trauma center was published at Crain’s Chicago Business. Note that while advocates deserve a pat on the back, it ain’t really over until the trauma center is open for patients. Until then, it’s bait.

Homan Square

The Chicago Police Department’s “black site”, Homan Square, wasn’t simply a venue where arrestees were “disappeared” for a time, but, according to the Chicago Police Department’s own records, a place where arrestees were mistreated, injured, tortured, according to a new report published in The Guardian.


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Chicago Democratic Socialists of America

The Chicago Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, 3411 W. Diversey, Suite 7, Chicago, IL 60647

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