Troublemakers Blog

December 29, 2009 /
The Guatemalan labor movement is facing a sharp upsurge in assassinations and violence against trade unionists. Six unionists were murdered in 2009, believably for their union activities. »
December 23, 2009 / Paul Abowd
The pieces of the Obama education plan are coming together in one of the country’s most troubled school districts—but not everyone in Detroit is happy about it. »
December 22, 2009 /
As a member of Autoworkers’ Caravan, I was happy to see "One Million Climate Jobs Now," a pamphlet from union members in Britain. It shows very plainly and simply how to create the new jobs that are needed if we are going to avoid »
December 21, 2009 /
Are your worry lines deepening after a hard year on the job? Are you tired of seeing the big guys’ contracts honored while ours are under the gun? Between the bailout blues and the nonstop assault at the workplace, 2009 has been a helluva year for labor activists. So get ready for a much-needed dose of inspiration and education at the upcoming 2010 Labor Notes »
December 18, 2009 / Mark Brenner
Workers capped a six year campaign to organize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital tonight, with 283 voting to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) against 263 votes for "no union." »
December 18, 2009 / Steve Early
Former IBEW Local 2222 Vice President Jerry Leary was laid to rest yesterday under the raised and arched booms of two telephone company bucket trucks, with a union banner strung between the two. In the face of the grotesque caricatures of unionism projected today, it’s easy to forget what being a rank-and-file member means in the culture of mutual aid and »
December 18, 2009 /
When our union, United Healthcare Workers-West, was trusteed last January by the Service Employees, there was an initial flurry of activity centered around decertifying SEIU and electing the National Union of Healthcare Workers. My plan was to lie low until our contract was up and we had the chance to elect NUHW, but recent workplace events have prompted a »
December 16, 2009 /
Bloomfield Hills is a Detroit suburb dotted with sprawling corporate office compounds, columned mansions, and stores like Saks Fifth Avenue—a haven for members of the managing class, insulated from the blight and devastation they helped create that surrounds them in Southeast Michigan. But things got interesting in suburbia yesterday as 200 Laborers and »
December 14, 2009 /
A delegation of U.S. and Canadian labor leaders visited Mexico November 29-December 3 in solidarity with fired electrical workers of the former Light and Power Company. On October 11 President Felipe Calderón sent police to occupy the facilities of the government-owned company and fired its 44,000 workers, »
December 09, 2009 /
Registered nurses from across the U.S. gathered this week for the founding convention of the National Nurses United, destined to be the largest RN union in the country's history. After months of a contentious, litigation-filled atmosphere, the new union's creation was met with a outpouring of joy by delegates. »