Troublemakers Blog

April 13, 2020 /
Last Wednesday union members at General Electric plants across the country protested to pressure the $88 billion company to shift production to ventilators and ensure safe working conditions during COVID-19. »
Nurses hold signs and demonstrate outside of Provident Hospital in Chicago.
April 10, 2020 /
The emergency room of a public hospital in the heart of Chicago’s mostly Black South Side is being closed down for a month by Cook County officials, just as the coronavirus pandemic is surging in Chicago. The nonsensical justification is that the ER needs to be refitted to handle… a surging coronavirus pandemic. »
April 10, 2020 /
Travis Watkins, chair of an Auto Workers (UAW) bargaining unit in Wyoming, Michigan was fired March 18. The charge was violating Shop Rule #2: “Assaulting, fighting, threatening, intimidating, coercing, or interfering with employees or supervision.” »
Dalit sanitation worker in a PPE suit accepting trash in yellow bags by hand from the home of a coronavirus patient
April 09, 2020 / Saurav Sarkar
Workers in South and Southeast Asia are facing challenges from the coronavirus and their governments’ responses to the crisis like job loss, being robbed of wages, and lack of control over when and how they work in a time of social distancing. Here's a round-up. »
April 09, 2020 /
This shop floor plan where workers organize each other to protect themselves could be adopted in any workplace where workers are still on the job. It was developed by postal workers; click here to read more about how they are self-organizing.—Editors »
April 09, 2020 /
Postal Service management has failed tremendously in handling the coronavirus pandemic. For weeks after it was clearly a public emergency, there was essentially no response at all from management. Some safety talks about personal precautions were distributed to supervisors, though from what I can tell, they were never read in most places. »
Two construction workers looking down in building construction site with wooden scaffolding around them.
April 08, 2020 /
The Danish government has struck a historic deal with unions and employers’ associations to stop mass layoffs during the pandemic. »
A nurse holds a sign showing "NNU COVID-19 Checklist: patient properly isolated, adequate PPE for nurses, notification to staff about case, adequate staffing for patient, adequate testing, nurses properly placed on leave"
April 07, 2020 /
I am a registered nurse at Cook County Hospital, the safety-net hospital in Chicago and the busiest hospital in the state. The people who come to this hospital are some of the most underserved patients, mainly people of color, immigrants—many undocumented, the uninsured and underinsured, the homeless, and the incarcerated. »
Produce seller with his sidewalk stand in Chinatown, New York, in front of store
April 06, 2020 / Saurav Sarkar
Labor Notes’ Saurav Sarkar spoke with New York City teacher Annie Tan on March 23 about the rise in anti-Asian racism with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Labor Notes: Can you tell me a little bit about your family background and how it connects to organizing against anti-Asian »
April 03, 2020 /
Union members at a Detroit-area auto parts plant refused to work March 19 and 20 after learning that a management employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. Angry first-shift workers gathered outside the plant and refused to enter. »