Troublemakers Blog

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. »
August 02, 2021 /
The year 2023, when the UPS contract expires, seems like a long way off—but in the complex world of contract negotiation, it’s just around the corner. »
sideview of President Joe Biden speaking at a podium at Pittsburgh Carpenters Hall on March 31, 2021, with American Jobs Plan sign in background (white on blue)
July 29, 2021 /
Credit should be given where credit is due. Joe Biden’s stimulus package does more to help working people than almost any other piece of legislation in the last few decades. »
July 19, 2021 /
This is one of two articles from Hawaiian hotel workers. Read the other, "Hawaiian Hilton Workers Fear Permanent Layoffs As Recall Rights Expiration Nears," here. Tourism drives Hawaii’s economy, and housekeepers are the heart »
July 19, 2021 /
This is one of two articles from Hawaiian hotel workers. Read the other, "At World’s Largest Hilton, Workers Fight for Jobs, Daily Cleaning," here. »