Troublemakers Blog

September 06, 2019 /
You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her first installment in an occasional series.—Eds. »
August 28, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni
“Hey, Barbara. This is Arne Duncan. I just wanted to congratulate you on your election victory.” »
August 22, 2019 /
The following are excerpts from Facebook comments in response to Barbara Madeloni's Slingshot, “Less Messaging, More Action” from the June issue of Labor Notes. »
August 21, 2019 /
A recent decision by the Trump National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) addresses intermittent or “hit-and-run” strikes. Employers are jubilant and unions are distressed. Both reactions are largely off the mark. »
August 14, 2019 /
Miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, have drawn national attention with their direct action—occupying a railroad track to halt a coal train until the miners get paid the wages they are owed for digging it up. »
Covers of four issues of Labor Notes from 2019
August 05, 2019 / Alexandra Bradbury
Everyone loves a good story about an Amazon walkout. But when Labor Notes wades into more controversial waters—the pros and cons of a contract, for instance, or a race for union office—we can expect some angry letters. “Let’s not criticize each other,” is a common refrain. “We get enough attacks from the boss! Airing disagreements gives ammo to union- »
August 02, 2019 /
This is the latest installment in an occasional series where we evaluate the “union episode” of a television show. »
July 29, 2019 /
A Win Can Take Years »
Devil horns, pitchfork, and tail have been added to the VW logo on a car
July 23, 2019 / Chris Brooks
In the carrot and stick approach to union-busting, Frank Fischer was the carrot. »