Troublemakers Blog

December 25, 2018 /
December 21, 2018 /
The biggest UPS local in the Northeast is back in the hands of reformers. Teamsters in New York City’s Local 804 elected the Experience Matters slate far and away the winner in a four-way race December 20. »
December 20, 2018 / Saurav Sarkar
In the thousands of words spilled for the late George H.W. Bush, you won’t find the names of Argentine workers Pedro Troiani and Carlos Propato. The two union activists were among those detained and tortured in 1976 at a Buenos Aires Ford plant and later at a secret detention facility run by a military dictatorship, a government supported by then-CIA Director »
December 18, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio
Labor might be on the ropes, but it still knows how to throw a punch. 2018 saw thousands of teachers, campus workers, and hotel workers hit the streets in support of bold demands. What does it take to strike and win in the new Gilded Age? »
December 14, 2018 /
Dear fellow Labor Notes supporter, We made headlines with our spring strike wave... but did you know that Labor Notes played an essential behind-the-scenes role? »
December 07, 2018 / Chris Brooks
I’ve never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat. I was in Paris when France’s “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city. »
December 06, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury
“How can we get young workers involved?” That’s the question on everyone’s lips, with union density at near-record lows. Many unions have begun holding summits for young members or forming local committees, which is great. But too often they’re missing a step that’s more essential: don’t sell young workers out. »
November 29, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio
The Troublemakers Union turns 40 next year! We’re planning a whole series of events to commemorate the occasion, from special magazine features to speaking tours and more. As part of our celebration, we’re gathering memories of Labor Notes history, and we’d appreciate if you shared yours. When was the first time you came across Labor Notes? »
November 26, 2018 /
Liu Penghua, along with Mi Jiuping, was one of the three workers who took the lead in trying to form a union at the Jasic welding equipment factory in Shenzhen, China. Liu was the first to face retribution for his actions, suffering a beating by factory thugs on July 16. He is now among the four worker activists being tried for participation in the Jasic »
November 23, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury
The massive gift production and distribution operation at the North Pole is in disarray amid rolling strikes this week. The conveyor belts were halted for several hours on Wednesday when maintenance elves walked out just as a mass of taffy was discovered in the gears. On Thursday there was another walkout, this time in Wrapping and Ribbons. And today, no one is »