Troublemakers Blog

Two taco bell workers with masks holding up a sign in front of a taco bell that says "our health is just as essential."
October 27, 2021 / Barbara Madeloni
The safety of the community as a whole requires vaccines and vaccine mandates. But conversations about mandates have stumbled over questions about the power of employers and the rights of workers. When unions avoid taking a stand for vaccine requirements (or even support resistance to mandates) they fall into three traps. »
Man in blue shirt with right arm raised and left arm holding microphone addressing crowd, Fuera LUMA flag visible in foreground, building of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
October 26, 2021 /
UPDATE, November 12: A response from IBEW has been added at the end of this piece.
UPDATE, January 14, 2022: A further response from UTIER has been added at the end of this piece. »
Frito-Lay workers hold signs on the picket line.
October 25, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
Frito-Lay workers won one guaranteed day off per week and put an end to forced “suicide” shifts after a 20-day strike this summer at their plant in Topeka, Kansas. »
A worker drives a forklift inside a John Deere plant
October 13, 2021 / Jonah Furman
At 11:59 p.m. tonight, barring a last-minute deal, nearly 10,000 Auto Workers members at John Deere in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas will go on strike. The last Deere strike began in 1986 and lasted for five months. »
October 13, 2021 /
Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for the hit series, including the final episodes. –Editors. The compelling Netflix TV series Squid Game—set in modern South Korea—is on pace to become the most watched series in Netflix history. Just a month after its launch, it is expected to soon hit 100 million global household views. »
October 11, 2021 / Jonah Furman
John Deere workers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted down the first tentative agreement negotiated by the Auto Workers (UAW) and the company. Among the over 90 percent of members voting, 90 percent voted no. »
Four BGGTM Kellogg workers with signs on the picket line in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
October 07, 2021 / Jonah Furman
Just after midnight October 5, workers at all four of Kellogg’s “ready-to-eat cereal” plants went on strike. Bakery Workers (BCTGM) Local 3G represents the 395 workers at the flagship plant in Battle Creek, Michigan. Labor Notes spoke with Local 3G President Trevor Bidelman and Vice President Paul Walling. »
Dozens of Frontier workers / CWA members wearing red assembled with Scabby the inflatable rat
October 06, 2021 / Jonah Furman
Two thousand workers at the telecom provider Frontier in California walked off the job yesterday on an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike. Technicians, call center employees, dispatchers, clerks, mechanics, and construction workers across seven Communications Workers (CWA) locals got the call around 10 »
Large crowd of Michigan Nurses Association members posing in red with flags and banner on steps assembled.
October 04, 2021 /
On September 24, ballots were counted in an election to determine the fate of the nurses union at the University of Michigan. By 58 to 41 percent (with less than 1 percent voting for “no union”), U of M nurses voted to stay with the Michigan Nurses (MNA), their union of 46 years. The vote defeated an attempted raid backed by the Teachers (AFT). »