Troublemakers Blog

A crowd surrounds a large festive purple piggy-bank piñata suspended above them. It is labeled NYU and is in school colors, purple and gold.
August 29, 2023 / Luis Feliz Leon, / Alexandra Bradbury
The heat was scorching in Louisville, Kentucky, last Thursday. But what the windless day lacked in gusts, it made up in guts. The union-made placards read: “United for a Strong Contract.” That resonated with auto workers at Ford who hadn’t been part of a contract rally for as long as anyone can remember. »
August 24, 2023 / Lisa Xu
As auto workers prepare for the expiration of the Big 3 auto contracts covering 150,000 members September 14, some are turning to a valuable tool they saw UPS Teamsters use: the 10-minute meeting. »
A row of people in UPS outfits with signs seen from far away block the road to some kind of facility, a gate is visible behind them.
August 22, 2023 /
For the first time since I started working at UPS 15 years ago, it feels like unions across the country are on the rise. UPS Teamsters mobilized for a massive contract campaign to win the best contract we’ve ever had. Now it’s the Auto Workers’ turn. »
A young slender Black man in a baseball cap smiles down at the camera with a sign saying “Just Practicing for a Just Contract.” To the left of him is a Black woman in sunglasses with a whistle in her mouth carrying the same sign..
August 17, 2023 / Alexandra Bradbury
With reformers at the helm, the Teamsters and the Auto Workers (UAW) are raising the bar for contract campaigns. »
Actor Sam Humphrey and several others march towards the camera with ‘SAG AFTRA on strike’ and ‘Writers Guild of America On Strike’
August 09, 2023 /
This summer organized labor is on the offensive, with more unity and determination than we have seen in two generations. In Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere, more than 10,000 writers and 160,000 actors are on strike, seeking to make Hollywood’s global reach finally work for them. »
Indoors in a UPS warehouse, about 25 drivers are standing around the floor all with their backs to a manager with a yellow clipboard
August 08, 2023 /
I’m a 34-year Teamster and package car driver for UPS, and I’ve been a steward for the past seven years. Since I’ve been with UPS for so long, I am very used to the constant harassment and intimidation this company has thrived on. »
July 06, 2023 / Jenny Brown
When I heard the debt-ceiling deal would target people in their fifties for new work requirements to get food stamps, I thought about my brother. »
Five headshots. Alex and Deborah are white women, Caitlyn is an Asian-American woman, Edward is a Black man, Finley is a Black woman. Another photos shows a hand truck with a PM press logo in a warehouse surrounded by shipping packages. Another photo shows a bookstore storefront with the name Autumn Leaves.
June 22, 2023 /

Adrian Campbell »
Large, multiracial, masked crowd stands on the steps of a public buliding. Many have fists in the air. Back row holds ATU banners. Front row holds a giant banner that reads "Hazard pay now!" with a line drawing of a bus.
June 14, 2023 /
Why are public transit operators struggling to retain workers and hire new ones? Workers at AC Transit say one major factor is intolerable working conditions—overwork, inadequate breaks, safety hazards, and a pervasive culture of disrespect. »
Protesters sitting in a row in a meeting hold up yellow posters with a picture of slain worker Juan Baten.
May 25, 2023 / Luis Feliz Leon
The first labor story I ever wrote was about the death of Juan Baten, a 22-year-old Guatemalan worker who was killed on the job at a food warehouse in Brooklyn in 2011. Baten got pulled into a mixing machine that lacked the required safety guard. »