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Revenge of the Essential Worker: What’s Next for Labor in 2022?

A Tempest Panel

With the large turnout and organizing energy at the Labor Notes conference last weekend, the Tempest Collective hosts a public discussion to assess the conference and talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the labor movement.

The Labor Notes Conference this past weekend, with thousands of attendees, was young and electric, reflecting what has been become clear—since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, increasing numbers of people are excited about labor organizing, from Starbucks to Amazon and every industry in between.

This excitement exists alongside unbelievable challenges and hardships for workers. There continues to be deep anger leading to collective action and strikes in response to the pandemic – but workers are still getting pummeled in the COVID period and the reopening.

How do we take the inspiration in this incredible moment and maintain it? What are the potential labor struggles ahead and how do they factor into this? How will ongoing wars, massive attacks on abortion access, an emboldened far right committing unspeakable hate crimes against Black, Brown, and LGBTQIA+ workers, and rampant inflation and looming recession impact this window to organize and fight? What role can socialists and militant labor activists play? Join us for this critical discussion.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 2pm EDT

Where: Virtual Zoom event, register here:


  • John Logan, Director of Labor Studies, San Francisco State University, author of “Starbucks Workers Have Won 100 Union Elections. Here Are the Lessons From 5 of Them.”
  • Andy Sernatinger, Teamsters Local 695, Madison, Wisconsin, author of “Hoffa’s House Divided: The 2021 Teamster Election, Explained.”
  • Ye-Eun Jeong, Graduate Workers at Columbia, UAW 2710, and member of the Tempest Collective

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