Troublemakers Blog

A row of people in UPS outfits with signs seen from far away block the road to some kind of facility, a gate is visible behind them.
August 22, 2023 /
For the first time since I started working at UPS 15 years ago, it feels like unions across the country are on the rise. UPS Teamsters mobilized for a massive contract campaign to win the best contract we’ve ever had. Now it’s the Auto Workers’ turn. »
A young slender Black man in a baseball cap smiles down at the camera with a sign saying “Just Practicing for a Just Contract.” To the left of him is a Black woman in sunglasses with a whistle in her mouth carrying the same sign..
August 17, 2023 / Alexandra Bradbury
With reformers at the helm, the Teamsters and the Auto Workers (UAW) are raising the bar for contract campaigns. »
Actor Sam Humphrey and several others march towards the camera with ‘SAG AFTRA on strike’ and ‘Writers Guild of America On Strike’
August 09, 2023 /
This summer organized labor is on the offensive, with more unity and determination than we have seen in two generations. In Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere, more than 10,000 writers and 160,000 actors are on strike, seeking to make Hollywood’s global reach finally work for them. »
Indoors in a UPS warehouse, about 25 drivers are standing around the floor all with their backs to a manager with a yellow clipboard
August 08, 2023 /
I’m a 34-year Teamster and package car driver for UPS, and I’ve been a steward for the past seven years. Since I’ve been with UPS for so long, I am very used to the constant harassment and intimidation this company has thrived on. »
July 06, 2023 / Jenny Brown
When I heard the debt-ceiling deal would target people in their fifties for new work requirements to get food stamps, I thought about my brother. »
Five headshots. Alex and Deborah are white women, Caitlyn is an Asian-American woman, Edward is a Black man, Finley is a Black woman. Another photos shows a hand truck with a PM press logo in a warehouse surrounded by shipping packages. Another photo shows a bookstore storefront with the name Autumn Leaves.
June 22, 2023 /

Adrian Campbell »
Large, multiracial, masked crowd stands on the steps of a public buliding. Many have fists in the air. Back row holds ATU banners. Front row holds a giant banner that reads "Hazard pay now!" with a line drawing of a bus.
June 14, 2023 /
Why are public transit operators struggling to retain workers and hire new ones? Workers at AC Transit say one major factor is intolerable working conditions—overwork, inadequate breaks, safety hazards, and a pervasive culture of disrespect. »
Protesters sitting in a row in a meeting hold up yellow posters with a picture of slain worker Juan Baten.
May 25, 2023 / Luis Feliz Leon
The first labor story I ever wrote was about the death of Juan Baten, a 22-year-old Guatemalan worker who was killed on the job at a food warehouse in Brooklyn in 2011. Baten got pulled into a mixing machine that lacked the required safety guard. »
A man, Yang Hoe-dong, walks along a sidewalk wearing a resolute expression. His right arm is in the air, holding a green flag. In his left hand he holds a microphone to his lips. He wears a red headbank with printing on it in Korean, and a vest and badge that also have printed text in Korean. It seems likely he is speaking or leading chants at a union protest.
May 08, 2023 /
A South Korean union leader has ended his life, enraged in anger and humiliation as the government attempted to bring racketeering charges against him over union activity. »
Strikers stand in front of Medieval Times holding a banner that reads "Knights on Strike."
May 05, 2023 /
Shocking video of Medieval Times strikers in Buena Park, California, run down by a car and then physically assaulted while picketing in a crosswalk had hundreds of thousands of views on social media in April. »