Troublemakers Blog

December 03, 2020 /
Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital struck this week over safety and staffing. »
Panel at the 2019 Dallas Troublemakers School.
December 01, 2020 /
This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting Labor Notes at our Facebook fundraiser or through the Donate page on this website. -Editors. »
November 25, 2020 /
When our union announced a mass Zoom meeting, we knew members wouldn’t get the chance to participate in any meaningful sense. There was a moderated question-and-answer session planned, but we did not know if there would be an open chat—and we certainly assumed there would be no discussion of a desperately needed strike authorization campaign. »
November 23, 2020 /
At a time when activists and commentators are puzzling over the United States’ enduring conservatism, Michael Goldfield’s new book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020) »
November 19, 2020 /
Workers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. »
A bikeshare driver wearing a black mask stands in front of a red MoGo van.
November 16, 2020 /
On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing. »
Supporters of Prop 15 tabling for the measure with a big sign.
November 12, 2020 /
California’s Proposition 15, a labor-backed progressive tax measure, gave up the ghost on November 10 after a weeklong vote count. The measure had proposed to close a corporate tax loophole worth $10 to $12 billion a year for schools and services. »
Crowd with many "count every vote" signs and balloons
November 08, 2020 /
Now that Biden and Harris have won a decisive victory, not only in the popular vote but also in the electoral college, it is more important than ever for workers and their organizations to remain vigilant and not de-mobilize while making sure every vote is counted. »
Three pictures: First one shows a happy child, hand in air, with Preschool for All yard sign; second shows a woman holding a handwritten sign: "Spending $787 on my classroom to start the school year is NOT okay! #InvestInEd #RedForEd"; third shows a young woman with a handwritten sign: "FAIR TAXES IS INVESTING IN US"
November 04, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
Note: This article was posted at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 4, as results from around the country were still coming in. Like everyone else, we’re anxiously watching for updates on the presidential vote-count and consequential down-ballot races. Those results could have significant implications for the battlegrounds for labor in the years ahead. »
Happy people in neon yellow RDU shirts, plus a man in a suit, raise jubilant fists in a legislative hallway
November 03, 2020 /
During this election cycle, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash—the so-called “gig economy” giants—have spent a record-breaking $200 million to pass Proposition 22 in California. The proposition would exempt these companies from basic labor law. »