Troublemakers Blog

May 27, 2020 /
When the Orlando Sentinel’s newsroom employees won our election in May with 81 percent voting for The NewsGuild, the organizing committee had not seen our co-workers in person for nearly two months. The election was conducted entirely by mail. Supporters watched the vote count at the National Labor Relations Board’s Tampa office by videoconference. »
A line of people outside a Detroit homeless shelter
May 27, 2020 / Samantha Winslow
One reason today's horrific recession feels so familiar is that we're still digging out of the last one. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, 10 million people lost their homes and 9 million lost their jobs. »
Nurses in Michigan protesting lack of PPE and calling for the nationalization of the healthcare system
May 26, 2020 / Jane Slaughter
Workers this spring were forced to find new ways to assert their rights when faced with a deadly foe and employers indifferent to their lives. »
May 22, 2020 / Chris Brooks
A video taken by an auto worker and obtained exclusively by Labor Notes shows a rowdy and chaotic scene inside Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan Truck Plant on Wednesday as workers refused to work after a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19. Some stood by the lines; others simply went home. »
woman in front of the back of her car, trunk open, standing with a save usps sign.
May 22, 2020 /
Read more here about the crisis in the postal service. »
May 19, 2020 /
What will happen to all the people who catch the coronavirus but never get a positive test? As states gear up to send workers back to work, the number of infections will skyrocket. »
May 15, 2020 /
Much of the criticism of new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has centered on his $2 million in contributions to the Trump campaign and other Republican causes since 2016. DeJoy is in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte. »
female call center worker with headset at cubicle, other workers in background
May 13, 2020 /
Portuguese call center workers forced to come to work during the pandemic struck in March, demanding to switch to teleworking at home without loss of pay. Some workers refused to go to work, some took sick leave, some asked for vacation days, and others appeared at the call centers but refused to log in. »
May 13, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni
  Join Labor Notes and the Public Higher Education Workers this Tuesday May 19 at 5 PM EDT to hear public education workers speak about organizing for fully funded public higher education in the midst of the pandemic. »
May 13, 2020 /
“I feel like I’m in the safest place in the company from the virus,” said Chris Viola, who, until April 20, was laid off from General Motors’ Cadillac and Impala assembly plant in Detroit. Now he’s working in a former transmission plant in the suburbs, making face masks along with a few dozen other GM workers. »