Madison Troublemakers School - April 1 & 2, 2011
Friday April 1, 2011, 5 p.m., free
Reception. Cartoon and photo exhibit.
Guest speakers on “The State of the Unions”
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$25 includes Saturday lunch, Register Now
Labor Temple, 1602 South Park St., Madison
Union busting, the governor's attack on public employees, concession demands, layoffs, threats to Social Security and pensions, increased health insurance costs, contracting out, furloughs, wage freezes, free trade deals, tax giveaways to the rich, tuition increases, wars, charter schools, sustained high unemployment, runaway shops, Right to Work...did we leave anything out?
Working people are under assault and the assault will continue until we put an end to it. The protests at the Capitol are showing what working people are made of.
That’s the idea behind the Madison Labor Notes Troublemakers School. How do we build on the protests, protect what we have--and lay the foundation to fight for more? Led by experienced labor activists, our workshops will explore strategies to fight back and give you the hands-on skills to make it happen.
The idea is not just to talk about problems for a day and then go home, but to come up with specific plans in some areas, so that we can go out Monday morning and get to work organizing to build on what we've done. There will be ample time to assess what we've gained through our unprecedented activism of the last month.
- Public Sector Workers: What's Next?
- Labor’s Electoral Strategy: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?
- New and Old Organizing Strategies
- Protecting the Interests of Immigrant Workers
- Art for Mobilization
- Media Outreach
- Contract Campaigns
- Labor-Campus-Community Solidarity
- Racism: History of Divide and Conquer
- Is Capitalism Working for Us? Saving the Social Safety Net
- Know Your Workplace Rights
- Up Your Union: Get Involved and Revitalize It
Don’t miss the opening session Friday at 5 p.m.: labor poetry, cartoons and photos, followed by “State of the Unions” with historian Peter Rachleff, Labor Notes founder Jane Slaughter, author Joe Burns, SCFL President Jim Cavanaugh, and journalist Steve Early.
Interpretation and child care will be provided Saturday if requested at least two weeks in advance (see registration form below).
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Labor unions occupy a favored status under federal law. Given their steady decline and the problems that are now being caused by public sector unions, perhaps the time has come to reconsider whether according preferential treatment to unions is sound public policy.(from powerlineblog.com)
In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act. Section 1 of the Sherman Act prohibits any "combination ... or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce...." A labor union, by definition, is a combination in restraint of trade. Thus, courts began applying the Sherman Act to unions. Congress had not intended this consequence, so, when it passed the Clayton Act in 1914, it included Section 6:The labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce. Nothing contained in the antitrust laws shall be construed to forbid the existence and operation of labor, agricultural, or horticultural organizations, instituted for the purposes of mutual help, and not having capital stock or conducted for profit, or to forbid or restrain individual members of such organizations from lawfully carrying out the legitimate objects thereof; nor shall such organizations, or the members thereof, be held or construed to be illegal combinations or conspiracies in restraint of trade, under the antitrust laws.Notwithstanding the first sentence of that section, there is no doubt that the antitrust laws apply to provision of services just as they do to production of goods
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