Troublemakers Blog

Back of man in red UAW shirt seated at event.
December 18, 2020 /
The leadership of the Auto Workers (UAW) has reached a proposed settlement with the Justice Department to head off a racketeering lawsuit. The settlement will provide for a vote of all 400,000 union members to decide whether they want direct election of top leaders, or to continue with the present system of convention delegates choosing the national leadership. »
December 18, 2020 /
On November 5 Amazon workers at a warehouse in Wroclaw, Poland (Amazon WRO1) stopped work to demand that they receive the same 2,000 zloty ($530) bonuses that recruitment agencies are paying to new workers. »
cover of Ben Fletcher book three times
December 17, 2020 /
Growing up in Philadelphia, I learned about some of the rich local labor history: the 1827 founding of the first union to cross craft lines, the 1835 general strike, and the 1869 founding of the »
December 04, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury
Holiday toy production season got off to a chaotic start this year. Santa Claus at first resisted the elves’ demands for COVID safety measures—prompting a wave of sickouts around the toy workshop. »
December 03, 2020 /
Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital struck this week over safety and staffing. »
Panel at the 2019 Dallas Troublemakers School.
December 01, 2020 /
This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting Labor Notes at our Facebook fundraiser or through the Donate page on this website. -Editors. »
November 25, 2020 /
When our union announced a mass Zoom meeting, we knew members wouldn’t get the chance to participate in any meaningful sense. There was a moderated question-and-answer session planned, but we did not know if there would be an open chat—and we certainly assumed there would be no discussion of a desperately needed strike authorization campaign. »
November 23, 2020 /
At a time when activists and commentators are puzzling over the United States’ enduring conservatism, Michael Goldfield’s new book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020) »
November 19, 2020 /
Workers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. »
A bikeshare driver wearing a black mask stands in front of a red MoGo van.
November 16, 2020 /
On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing. »