Troublemakers Blog

A group of students and lecturers march holding banners and signs.
November 01, 2021 /
After more than two years of stalled negotiations, 6,000 University of California lecturers are preparing to strike. The lecturers do one-third of all teaching but earn just a fraction of what their tenure-track counterparts do, with little in the way of job security. »
A group of mainly Pakistani immigrant workers stand at a rally while a union organizer speaks through a bullhorn.
October 28, 2021 /
Tired of working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, immigrant textile workers are at the center of a growing movement by Italy's workers for the right to “8x5”—eight-hour days, five days a week. »
About 20 UPS workers in brown shorts uniforms pose for the camera together in a sunny parking lot. Many are smiling.
October 27, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
Like letter carriers at the Postal Service, UPS drivers are also facing forced overtime—and the problem is only going to get worse as the holidays get closer. »
Two taco bell workers with masks holding up a sign in front of a taco bell that says "our health is just as essential."
October 27, 2021 / Barbara Madeloni
The safety of the community as a whole requires vaccines and vaccine mandates. But conversations about mandates have stumbled over questions about the power of employers and the rights of workers. When unions avoid taking a stand for vaccine requirements (or even support resistance to mandates) they fall into three traps. »
Man in blue shirt with right arm raised and left arm holding microphone addressing crowd, Fuera LUMA flag visible in foreground, building of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
October 26, 2021 /
UPDATE, November 12: A response from IBEW has been added at the end of this piece.
UPDATE, January 14, 2022: A further response from UTIER has been added at the end of this piece. »
Frito-Lay workers hold signs on the picket line.
October 25, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
Frito-Lay workers won one guaranteed day off per week and put an end to forced “suicide” shifts after a 20-day strike this summer at their plant in Topeka, Kansas. »
A worker drives a forklift inside a John Deere plant
October 13, 2021 / Jonah Furman
At 11:59 p.m. tonight, barring a last-minute deal, nearly 10,000 Auto Workers members at John Deere in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas will go on strike. The last Deere strike began in 1986 and lasted for five months. »
October 13, 2021 /
Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for the hit series, including the final episodes. –Editors. The compelling Netflix TV series Squid Game—set in modern South Korea—is on pace to become the most watched series in Netflix history. Just a month after its launch, it is expected to soon hit 100 million global household views. »
October 11, 2021 / Jonah Furman
John Deere workers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted down the first tentative agreement negotiated by the Auto Workers (UAW) and the company. Among the over 90 percent of members voting, 90 percent voted no. »