Troublemakers Blog

October 30, 2014 /
This month 800 immigrant taxi drivers in Denver joined the Communications Workers. They aim to break out of poverty and challenge the abuse many endure working for private taxi companies. »
October 28, 2014 /
This rich new collection offers a rank-and-file history of lean production from inside the beast, an exposé of corporate corruption and union capitulation, and a template for anyone looking for ways to invigorate a new generation. »
October 27, 2014 / Julia Kann
Back-to-school isn't just for kids! At Labor Notes we're jumping into Troublemaker School season. And we've launched a new program that sends experienced labor educators out to local unions for tailored workshops and ongoing coaching. »
October 20, 2014 / Jenny Brown
The demand for $15 an hour is spreading. Agitation for $15 started with fast food and airport workers but now Walmart and home care workers are joining in. »
October 16, 2014 /
Workers at the retail chain want reform of a pernicious commission system known as "the fade." Guitar Center, now owned by Bain Capital, has responded with a fierce anti-union campaign. »
October 15, 2014 / Jane Slaughter
Eli Friedman's new book Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China shows why the rising wave of protests sometimes wins concrete gains, but stops short of forming lasting organizations that could alter the balance of power. »
October 09, 2014 /
This November marks the third anniversary of a major labor movement victory: the defeat of Ohio’s union-busting Senate Bill 5, 62 to 38 percent, in a public referendum. »
October 08, 2014 /
Adjuncts who teach college and university classes are organizing in at least 24 states and D.C. The Service Employees and other unions have adopted a Metro Strategy, targeting multiple institutions in the same region at once, with the goal of winning a master contract. »
October 06, 2014 /
Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement’s long half-century of decline? »
October 03, 2014 / Alexandra Bradbury
After two weeks of protests, and a support strike by several unions, pro-democracy demonstrators were brutally attacked today by pro-government thugs in Hong Kong, scuttling the promise of talks between students and the government. »