Troublemakers Blog

April 25, 2023 / Keith Brower Brown
Huge changes are coming for our workplaces, quick as a heat wave. This month Joe Biden inked new rules to make all-electrics the majority of new cars sold in America within a decade. »
People stand on grass with signs. A red banner says "Seven months without a contract, OMG!" with stylized images of Edward Munch's painting "The Scream." Another sign says "More sick leave" in English, Spanish, and Russian. Another says, in Spanish,"Provide money for the future of students." Another says "Woodburn teachers don't want to strike, but we will."
April 13, 2023 /
Twenty years ago, the small school district of Woodburn piloted Oregon’s first K-12 district-wide dual-language program. It became a model for schools nationwide. Yet while the district continues to proudly present itself as bilingual, in reality this program—along with the rest of the system—is failing. »
Around 50 people stand outside in a warm, sunny spot, holding homemade signs that are either facing away from us or too far to read. Behind them is a cement wall and a tree against blue sky; the ground looks dusty. In the foreground is a white truck.
April 11, 2023 /
For years, workers in the Fyffes/Sol melon plantations of southern Honduras have persisted in organizing the independent Agro-industrial and Similar Workers Union (STAS, Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares). »
A teacher reads to kindergarteners, one of whom has her chin on her hands and seems to be rapt by the story
April 03, 2023 / Barbara Madeloni
When I ran for president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association I ran headlong into attacks about my character, my competency, and the intentions of our reform caucus. We were accused of being divisive, of being controlled by outside forces, and of cheating. »
Black-and-white line drawing of people on a picket line, holding signs. In the foreground is someone with a big furry hood; words on their sign are not visible. Signs in the background read "Be gay, do strike" and "The union is us!" Background behind the sketch is a purple watercolor oval with subtle pink splatters. Title in rounded black letters: Strike in style. Along the top is the edge of a spiral sketchbook.
March 30, 2023 /
Queer and trans workers have long been at the frontlines of solidarity, bridging identities and social movements. »
Workers with flags gather outside the glass-doored offices of Frontline in Cleveland
March 30, 2023 /
It’s never a bad idea to be suspicious of your boss, especially when they act like they’re doing you a favor. For workers at FrontLine Service, a Cleveland non-profit that serves the unsheltered, distrust of our employer is one of the critical sentiments that binds us. »
16 people stand facing the camera. Most are wearing jeans and neon yellow or orange jackets or hoodies. Several are helping to hold a blue banner: "Rehire Edward Clarke and Alex White, no retaliation or favoritism." Others hold signs: "180 hours paid time off, unionize KCVG" and "Unionize Amazon."
March 14, 2023 /
I work as a tug driver at Amazon’s global air hub in Northern Kentucky (KCVG). My co-workers and I are taking on one of the largest corporations in the world to get what we deserve. Our main demands are for a $30-an-hour starting wage, 180 hours a year of paid time off, and union representation at disciplinary meetings to end favoritism and retaliation. »
Starbucks workers in aprons surround a manager in a white shirt, the manager is leaving and talking on the phone
February 23, 2023 /
A February 13 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) clarifies whether employees can be disciplined for recording conversations with management officials. »
A crowd dressed in light blue T-shirts holds signs saying Save our Social Security and Keep My SSA Office Open.
February 21, 2023 / Jenny Brown
French workers have shut the country down with general strikes three times in the last month to defend their time. They’re protesting a proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. »
February 16, 2023 /
The editing team at Labor Notes has recently doubled in size. Joining longtime Editor Alexandra Bradbury and Assistant Editor Dan DiMaggio are two more assistant editors: Jenny Brown (right) and Luis Feliz Leon. »