Labor Spring 2023
In the wake of the global pandemic, many U.S. working people are organizing for a multiracial democracy in which they have more power on the job and in their communities. Their efforts build, in part, on a newfound public appreciation for labor unions that developed out of a celebration of essential workers and subsequent dismay for their poor working conditions. Public support for unionism is at a historic high – – 71% approve of unions, the highest level since 1965. Today’s labor movement is more diverse than ever – – the majority of union members are women and people of color. A multi-racial group of young people are leading a new wave of organizing at Starbucks, Google, Amazon, and other corporations.
Public support for unionism is at a historic high – 71% approve of unions, the highest level since 1965.Gallup, 2022
In Spring 2023, a nationwide series of local teach-ins and events will lift up ongoing current campaigns, delve into pivotal historical moments for workers, highlight racial and gender equity in the worker justice movement, and examine the crucial importance of this moment in labor’s history. These local meetings will be accompanied by a live Zoom plenary panel featuring national and global organizers, thought leaders, and discussants. Online postings of any teach-in related event should use the hashtag #laborspring.
Below is a list of locations for Labor Spring events as of April 24. We will update the list periodically as plans take shape at additional locations.
- AFT 7463; Central Florida Central Labor Council
- American University
- Boise State University
- Brooklyn College
- Catholic University of America
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Central Connecticut State University
- City College of San Francisco
- City University of New York Law School
- Colorado College
- College of The Holy Cross
- Columbia University
- Committee for Better Banks
- Cornell University
- Duke Law School
- Duke University
- Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Eastern Michigan University
- Economic Policy Institute
- Florida Policy Institute
- Florida State University, Tallahassee
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Georgetown University Main Campus
- Harvard Law School
- Higher Ed Labor United
- Howard University
- Indiana University, Bloomington
- Indiana University, Indianapolis
- Loyola University Chicago
- Loyola University of New Orleans
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
- Nebraska Wesleyan
- New York University
- Northwestern University
- Penn State University, University Park
- Portland State University
- Rutgers University
- San Francisco State University
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Stanford Law School
- Stony Brook University (SUNY)
- Somerville Stands Together
- SUNY Cortland
- Temple University
- Texas Christian University
- Tuskegee University
- United Campus Workers of Georgia
- University of Alabama
- University of Arkansas
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Irvine
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Denver
- University of Georgia, Athens
- University of Georgia, Gwinnet Campus, Lawrenceville
- University of Hawai’i-Mānoa
- University of Houston
- University of Illinois, Chicago
- University of Iowa
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- University of Massachusetts, Boston
- University of Michigan
- University of Minnesota
- University of New Orleans
- University of North Carolina
- University of Oregon
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Richmond
- University of Southern Maine
- University of Texas Law School
- University of Vermont
- University of Washington
- University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
- University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Vanderbilt Divinity School
- Villanova University
- Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA
- Wayne State University
- Yale Law School
For more information on each host site or to contact a coordinator at a host site, contact Pace Schwarz at KILWP@Georgetown.edu
Click the following to access this ever growing list of Labor Spring locations to find a location near you!
For questions, email the point of contact listed. For general questions, or to issue an update of correction, contact Pace Schwarz at KILWP@Georgetown.edu
- Sign Up on the national website; fill out as much information as you have now – – you can return later to fill in more details;
- Develop an organizing committee at your campus/school/community that includes a diversity of workers from your campus and community, including students, faculty/teachers, campus and community workers, nearby unions, worker organizations and others. Student and youth participation is particularly essential. We encourage community outreach by students to show college students are engaged in the community that they are in.
- This organizing committee should look for a diversity of voices and ideas. We will publicize the name and contact information you provided on the sign up sheet so that others who are interested in participating can connect with you.
- Determine a time and place – you may decide you want to do a single, one-hour event, while other groups may decide to have events lasting a whole day or even a whole week.
- You can choose whatever dates work best for you, but ideally events will start no earlier than March 20, and be done by April 21.
- Organizing committees are encouraged to prioritize accessibility when determining locations and times.
- The focus is providing a forum for a community conversation in which members educate one another. Engaging students and younger people is a priority. We expect that many events will cover subjects like:
- Labor history
- Your rights on the job
- Contemporary labor struggles, either nationally or close to home
- Anti-unionism – how it works, why it happens, why it’s important to call it out.
- Building a diverse 21st century worker justice movement
- Climate and the connection to worker issues
- Key issues for working people, including housing, health care, education, child care, and immigration.
- Connections between racial and economic justice
- The organizing committee will have primary responsibility for advertising the teach-in at their institution, but if you need help or suggestions, the media outreach committee can help.
- We encourage organizing committees to share the materials they are creating with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so that they can inspire other groups.
- We strongly encourage that the event be free and open to the public.
- Use the hashtag #LaborSpring on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
VIDEO: Labor Spring at Georgetown Law feat. Erica Smiley, Sara Steffens, Elissa McBride, Jennifer Abbruzo, Starbucks Workers, UNITE HERE hotel workers and more
VIDEO: Labor Spring at Colorado College feat. Paul Adler and Joseph McCartin (Video starts at 14:45)
The national organizing committee is developing resources, such as Powerpoint presentations and curricula, that can be found on the website. If you have resources to share or would like to join the resource committee, please email email@example.com.
Our organizing committee is made up of dozens of organizers and allies representing multiple labor groups, student groups, campuses, unions and research organizations.
View list HERE
Sponsoring National Organizations