"Workers Rising Everywhere" Organizing Training

“Now we need the power built to win it. We have plenty of good ideas that never happen, all for lack of deep organizing!” – Jane McAlevey.

Organizing for Power (O4P) is a free online training and networking program for organizers worldwide. More than 10,000 workers from 6 continents and 70 countries have joined O4P trainings in the past 18 months – including organizers from several of unions here in Maine.

The Maine AFL-CIO is again building a team of union members and workers who want to strengthen organizing in their unions and the labor movement to participate together in this class.

Workers Rising Everywhere is the fourth training in the O4P series led by labor organizer and educator Jane McAlevey, and hosted by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. This training series focuses on building large (super!) majorities in settings such as workplaces, unions, and housing complexes in order to win the toughest campaigns and organizing battles.

This training features new trainers and inspiring campaign stories from around the world. Using a variety of methods and small-group sessions, participants will focus on developing core organizing skills including: leader identification, 1-on-1 conversations, charting, and structure tests. The activities are designed so everyone can learn together. Watch this short video about the class:

Sessions run from May 18 until June 22, once per week, always on Tuesdays and taking place twice daily to accommodate a global audience. The trainings will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The training starts on May 18th and runs once per week for six consecutive Tuesdays, with the last class on June 22nd. Each class lasts 2 hours. Participants will be encouraged to complete optional organizing assignments in between classes.

Participants will choose either Track A (12noon-2pm) or Track B (8-10pm).

  • Tuesday, May 18 
  • Tuesday, May 25 
  • Tuesday, June 1 
  • Tuesday, June 8 
  • Tuesday, June 15 
  • Tuesday, June 22

The Maine AFL-CIO Team will also meet weekly for a one-hour debrief together, where you will get to review class, talk about using what you are learning in your own union, and practice some of the skills or work together on the optional organizing assignments.


  • Thursday, May 20
  • Thursday, May 27
  • Thursday, June 3
  • Thursday, June 10
  • Thursday, June 17
  • Thursday, June 24

There is no charge for the class but we ask you to commit to as close to full participation as possible. You should plan to attend all the classes and as many of our team debriefs as possible.
Deadline to apply to be part of the Maine Team is Wednesday, April 28.

We have a world to win, and we’ll only do it together.


Download a flyer for the Organizing for Power (O4P) training here. 

Download the flier for the Maine Team taking the Organizing for Power (O4P) training together here.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Phinney at the Maine AFL-CIO 207-491-9928 or cynthia at maineaflcio dot org.