Allana Olson

Allana Olson (she/her and they/them) started Design&Tech Happy Hour in 2015 and co-founded Technicians for Change in 2016, later merging the two. Allana has spent her career working in Minnesota’s Twin Cities in various technical (typically not design) roles. She was formerly at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop (a roadhouse) as the Lighting Supervisor and is a member of IATSE Local 13. She provided overall leadership for TFC through May of 2022 and fostered a group dynamic where showing up – for each other, justice, and the community – was our major core value. Allana can sometimes be found geeking-out on worker misclassification, workplace safety, anti-racism, or sunsets. She has a partial-permanent disability from a workplace injury, which has led her to a life of activism and justice.

Articles Written by Allana:
Worker Classification, Defined
Technicians for Change Origin Story
MPR Interviews Technicians for Change
Recap of Discrimination and Harassment Law Discussion
Rallying Cry
Impressions from Earned Sick and Safe Time Presentation
Having an Effective Talk About Inappropriate Behavior
Why We Happy Hour
Advocacy Matters More Than Ever
Wage Theft and What You Can Do About it
Are We Ready to Strike? (It’s More Than Signs)
Top 6 Employer Must-Provides that You’ve Never Received
Working Below the Fissure: An Homage to David Weil
Positive Change-Making with Outside Reinforcements

Photos or Art by Allana: Right-to-Work Laws

Ways to Connect with Allana:
Facebook @Allana Olson

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