Troublemakers Blog

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? »
Luis wears a red RWDSU T-shirt and black Teamsters hat. Sarah wears a shirt with no text.
February 11, 2021 /
Labor Notes is excited to bring on two wonderful new staff organizers, Sarah Hughes and Luis Feliz Leon, at our New York office in February. Sarah and Luis are joining our training and events team, and they’ll also write for Labor Notes. »
Left: Anne stands in back of a pickup truck holding a mic. Right: Anne stands at a mic, fist in the air, in front of Labor Notes banner.
February 05, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
This week the U.S. labor movement lost its best-known and best-loved troubadour: the great folksinger-songwriter Anne Feeney. She died of Covid on February 3, at age 69, with her children at her side. With her fantastic songs and feisty spirit, she made an incalculable contribution to the movement. She is irreplaceable, and gone too soon. »
February 05, 2021 /
New York City fast food workers will now have legal protections against unjust firings, after the City Council passed a package of bills prohibiting fast food employers from terminating employees or cutting workers’ hours without “just cause.” »