Troublemakers Blog

Dozens of workers march behind a red banner in Myanmar. Some carry red flags.
March 19, 2021 /
At least two union members were confirmed killed by the Myanmar military this week and at least six workers were shot dead at the Xing Jia shoe factory in the Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone Tuesday, according to union leaders. »
A multiracial and multigenerational crowd rallies outside. Several help hold a large banner: "BLACK STUDENTS MATTER." Others hold signs: "WE WON'T DIE FOR THE DOE" and one wears a MORE T-shirt.
March 18, 2021 /
During the second week of March last year, fears mounted that New York City was in the grip of a serious health crisis. On Thursday, the NBA postponed its season; on Friday, Broadway went dark. »
March 11, 2021 /
According to a recent report, during the first nine months of the Covid-19 pandemic the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received more complaints but performed far fewer inspections than usual. Between February 1 and October 26, 2020, OSHA received 15 percent more complaints but performed 50 percent fewer inspections when compared to a »
March 05, 2021 /
As the Burmese military coup leaders escalated repression against the democracy uprising in the country this week, two Burmese union federations this week called for international pressure on their government. The Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) is asking for international sanctions »
March 04, 2021 /
The ongoing union vote by 5,800 Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, has opened a window into the challenges workers face in unionizing. As the public is learning, the boss gets a big role in the process. It shouldn’t be this way. »
March 03, 2021 /
Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson famously said that “a week is a long time in politics.” In early January, even a week was too long, as current Prime Minister Boris Johnson performed a dramatic 24-hour U-turn on the question of schools reopening after the Christmas break. »
February 25, 2021 /
After voting to form a union seven and a half years ago, Comcast technicians at the Fairhaven, Massachusetts, garage finally have a first contract. Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2322’s new two-year contract was ratified by 79 percent of the eligible membership on February 3. »
A Pandemic Nurse's Diary book cover
February 24, 2021 /
Reading the gripping A Pandemic Nurse’s Diary is like immersing yourself in a big-screen film. Getting through the entire book in a single two- or three-hour sitting is ideal, though the faint of heart might prefer it in smaller doses because A Pandemic Nurse’s Diary is a true »
Ed Kelly on the left and Mahlon Mitchell on the right
February 23, 2021 / Steve Early
A rare contested race for president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has given its members a clear choice between a union traditionalist from Boston and a progressive activist who backed massive labor protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker a decade ago—and then joined electoral efforts to oust the anti-union Republican. »
People holding lit signs spelling out "UNDENIABLE" stand in front of a building. On the building are projected the words: "ICE IS DEPORTING AND TORTURING PEOPLE! ABOLISH ICE AND CBP!"
February 18, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
What if I told you an employer had agreed that it could no longer make any change to policies affecting members without “prior affirmative consent” from the union? »