Troublemakers Blog

August 29, 2014 /
For the last week or so, I’ve been speaking with workers from Market Basket stores. What I heard from these hourly workers was very different than what you hear in the press from striking managers. »
August 26, 2014 /
A dozen part-time UPS workers took protest action after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company whose shipments they handle each day. »
August 25, 2014 /
Fired janitors have been occupying the entrance of Greece's Ministry of Economic Development, among other creative tactics. Their fighting spirit is infectious. »
August 22, 2014 /
Striking Market Basket employees are waging a colorful and creative, community-based struggle to keep their CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. »
August 20, 2014 /
The conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, is about policing—but it is also about much more. To understand what's happened there, you also have to understand the outsourcing of industry, the housing bubble, and education reform. »
August 19, 2014 /
The strategy of relying on a judge to get members back to work worked—but only after they faced 10 months without pay on a picket line. »
August 14, 2014 /
The fate of 26 custodians on a small University of Wisconsin campus isn’t isolated. It’s part of a trend: applying a market-based, private model to public higher education. »
August 11, 2014 /
Grad student workers at New York University are poised to regain a union contract, making them unique in the private sector. But will their new union be as democratic and social-justice-minded as its counterparts at public universities in California and Massachusetts? »
August 06, 2014 /
According to the informative new book Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street, private equity ownership of companies has led to fewer jobs, lower wages, weaker pensions, and rising inequality. »
August 04, 2014 / Jane Slaughter
Managers at Golan’s Moving & Storage in Skokie, Illinois, thought they had a surefire strategy to beat the Teamsters in negotiations for a first contract. But the plan backfired. »