Troublemakers Blog

handwritten signs "we miss you" hang on the fence outside a brick building labeled Hartford University School
April 29, 2020 /
My first teaching assignment was in a special education classroom in an elementary school basement; above the door in red were the words “Shelter Inside.” I read those words every morning on my way in. The relationships inside the classroom were our shelter, and the community we built together made learning possible. »
Nurses marching at Jacobi Medical Center
April 28, 2020 /
For most nurses and other health care workers it's been the most traumatic month of our careers. We knew we were going into this world-historic challenge with a crippled, fractured, understaffed, and under-capacity health care system. What we didn't quite realize was that there would be no real plan to protect us. »
UIC picketers on sidewalk
April 28, 2020 /
UPDATE: On May 1 graduate employees won free summer 2020 housing in the dorms for all international students who need it. The union continued to pressure the university administration after winning its MOU earlier. »
April 27, 2020 /
Unions at the three hospitals on the University of Washington campus asked management for protective Plexiglas barriers similar to what we are seeing at grocery stores. When management said no, we built them ourselves. »
April 27, 2020 /
Libraries are one of the last social services to normally be open to all. Our labor affects the community health in many ways. But New Orleans library workers understood that our workplaces’ social role also made libraries a potentially massive infection site for the at-risk populations we overwhelmingly serve. »
April 24, 2020 /
More than 50 health care workers and supporters held a socially distanced rally in front of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center on April 15 as part of a national day of action for healthcare workers. »
April 24, 2020 /
Workers injured or killed by their jobs are honored every year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day. (It’s the anniversary of the date the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect in 1971.) This year the somber occasion is especially urgent, in the midst of the biggest workplace safety disaster this country has seen in decades. »
April 23, 2020 /
In the midst of a pandemic wreaking havoc on Chicago, a victory was won by nurses and the community served by Provident Hospital. Located on the overwhelmingly black South Side near Washington Park, this institution has a rich history. »
April 22, 2020 /
At this moment of unprecedented crisis, how can we ensure the physical safety and economic health of U.S. workers? »
New York City transit workers working in a subway tunnel in 2017.
April 21, 2020 /
Transit workers have always known they were essential to the functioning of New York City. Wider public recognition of this fact has come at a high cost. »