Troublemakers Blog

April 29, 2010 / Paul Abowd
Twelve hundred troublemakers found themselves inside the Dearborn Hyatt for Labor Notes 2010 last weekend. So they took the opportunity to march on the boss. First they heard from Aracelly Arango, one of 100 Boston hotel workers fired from three non-union Hyatt hotels last summer. »
April 29, 2010 /
Just a few miles from Nike’s global headquarters in Oregon last night, two Honduran workers revealed Nike’s family-destroying labor practices. »
April 28, 2010 / Paul Abowd
A long caravan of cars pulled out of the Labor Notes Conference last Friday to join restaurant workers down the street in front of Andiamo, a fine dining chain in Metro Detroit. The raucous march and street theatrics were the latest action in a »
April 27, 2010 /
Labor organizing requires grueling hours on the road, which is why most of us have become devout podcast subscribers. Built on a solid reputation of entertaining and nuanced storytelling, "This American Life" is often at the top of most organizers’ playlists. But as organizers we still remain expert listeners trained to recognize the siren call of an anti- »
April 25, 2010 /
Locked out Rio Tinto miners from Boron, California received the 2010 "Troublemakers" award at Labor Notes national conference in Dearborn. The miners are members of ILWU Local 30. »
April 24, 2010 /
WHAT DO STERN AND BLANKENSHIP HAVE IN COMMON? In early April, Andy Stern, the head of SEIU resigned right after
the highly contentious court battle with the NUHW. There has
been a flurry of assessments of Stern's very controversial role in
the labor movement across the spectrum -- from the Wall Street
Journal to Labor Notes. I believe »
April 23, 2010 /
Since about 1980, taxi drivers have been forced to sign an Independent Contractor Agreement. We are beginning to recognize the mistake in letting that happen. It killed the union. In the early 1900's, taxi drivers contributed to the labor movement with Organizers being jailed, and strikers being shot at. »
April 19, 2010 /
There’ll be more music and spoken word than ever at the Labor Notes Conference this weekend: Anne Feeney, Evan Greer, George Mann, Will Copeland, Lynn Marie Smith, and the cast of the jazz opera "Forgotten" will perform. »
April 16, 2010 /
SEIU President Andy Stern walked away from his post this week, and the fight is on to define his legacy and the future of one of the country's most important unions. Stern asked the right questions but drew the wrong conclusions. »
April 11, 2010 /
A federal jury in San Francisco awarded damages to the Service Employees union on Friday in its suit against the new National Union of Healthcare Workers. After initial confusion about the award amount, it appears that the jury ordered a total of nearly $750,000 to SEIU and that the amount could come either from the new union or from 16 NUHW leaders who must »