Troublemakers Blog

September 17, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
Two thousand Washington carpenters went on strike yesterday, out of 6,600 who currently work under the master agreement with the Association of General Contractors (AGC). »
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September 14, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
Eighty thousand New York City municipal workers who had been largely working remotely for the past 18 months were forced back this week to full-time, in-person work—after less than two weeks’ notice. »
cover of book
September 09, 2021 /
In recent decades, a top management priority at the bargaining table has been reducing the cost of retirement benefits. The pandemic and its economic fallout have generated a new round of employer demands for pension freezes, benefit cuts, plan conversions, and two-tier coverage. »
September 03, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
During a typical downpour, the rainwater also pours gobs of cash in tips into the pockets of immigrant gig workers as they zip around the city delivering takeout to New Yorkers hunkering down at home. »
A group of Mexican women farmworkers sit in several rows behind the SINDJA banner.
August 30, 2021 /
In 2015, tens of thousands of poor, mostly indigenous migrant farmworkers (or jornaleros) went on strike in Mexico, blockading the transpeninsular highway that connects agricultural production in the valley of San Quintín, Baja California, with »
Block the Boat NY/NJ protesters with Palestinian flags at the port near Elizabeth, NJ.
August 26, 2021 /
In May, Palestinian workers urgently appealed for international solidarity against a sharp escalation of Israeli violence. Their appeals have been met with an unprecedented response—even in the United States, where labor officialdom has long supported the world’s last remaining apartheid regime (see sidebar). »
August 24, 2021 /
On August 7, Denver, Colorado—suffocated with smoke from the massive California wildfires—topped the chart of the world’s most polluted major cities. »
August 16, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
UPDATE, August 26: After 10 days on strike, high-rise window cleaners in the Twin Cities secured a new contract that creates an employer-funded, state-recognized apprenticeship program, bolsters sick days and disability pay, and includes 12 percent wage increases. Workers will earn over $30 an hour by the end of the four-year contract—wages second only to »
Richard Trumka speaking animatedly into a microphone, under an umbrella, at a 2016 demonstration.
August 13, 2021 /
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, passed away from a heart attack August 5. Born in 1949 outside Pittsburgh, the son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Trumka worked in the mines before becoming a lawyer and then president of the Mine Workers (UMWA) at age 33. 
An Amazon-sponsored voting tent for workers during the Amazon Bessemer warehouse election.
August 03, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
A National Labor Relations Board hearing officer has recommended a rerun of the union election that Alabama Amazon warehouse workers lost by more than 2 to 1 in April. »