Troublemakers Blog

July 31, 2015 /
One tactic was a public "work-in" to draw attention to their labor. Graduate assistants at the University of Connecticut teach thousands of undergraduates and conduct research that helps bring in more than $150 million a year. »
July 30, 2015 / Samantha Winslow
A decision that makes the whole public sector “right to work” could be devastating. But public sector workers didn’t always have legal protection to unionize, bargain, or strike. They won those rights—by organizing without them. »
July 23, 2015 /
Even with laws on the books, it often takes direct action to make bosses pay up the wages they owe—as servers in a Seattle club discovered. »
July 21, 2015 /
In reality the Toyota Production System, or “lean production,” taught managers how to slice up jobs to make them more repetitive and require less skill—thus increasing stress on workers and discarding them when their bodies and minds could no longer take it »
July 10, 2015 /
On a summer night, what could be better than laughing, singing, and toe-tapping your way through some radical labor history? »
July 09, 2015 /
A comprehensive new book, primarily aimed at East and South Asian factory workers, shows how to advance workplace health and safety from an organizing perspective. »
July 02, 2015 / Samantha Winslow
Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, began their strike at 3 a.m. July 1. “This is not Walmart," says union President James Macon. »
July 02, 2015 /
Big strikes broke out in May at two multinational-owned plants in China, over management's efforts to avoid paying proper compensation for layoffs. »
June 18, 2015 /
Over four often-contentious days in Detroit in June, delegates to the national convention of the Communications Workers (CWA) chose new leadership, upheld the rights of strikers, and grappled with racism and police brutality. »
June 16, 2015 /
Rail workers argue that tragedies like the Amtrak rain derailment on May 12 could be avoided, if companies equipped workers with the tools necessary to perform the job safely. »