Troublemakers Blog

July 06, 2018 /
Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here. »
July 03, 2018 /
Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer. »
June 15, 2018 / Ruth Needleman
The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous. »
June 07, 2018 / Ryan Olds
How They Did It... »
May 31, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio
Arizona teachers struck statewide April 26 to May 3 over low pay and underfunding due to years of tax cuts. Governor Doug Ducey had promised 20 percent raises heading into the strike, but teachers were skeptical that money would materialize. Their demands also included raises for other school employees and a return of funding to 2008 levels. »
May 30, 2018 / Chris Brooks
Will this spring’s wave of teacher strikes lead to stronger unions? Not if their unions return to business as usual. The motor force behind the strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina is teachers’ deep frustration. Educators are feeling the pinch from decades of funding cuts that their unions have been unable to stop. »
May 22, 2018 /
Originally published in Dollars & Sense. »
May 04, 2018 /
The U.S. is quickly becoming an open-shop country. A majority of states now have “right-to-work” laws, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME is likely to make right to work the law of the land in the public sector. Many unions are bracing for an immediate exodus of dues- and fee-payers. »
May 04, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio, / Jonah Furman
Troublemaker Awards Labor Notes handed out five Troublemaker Awards to those who have carried the banner of a fighting, bottom-up labor movement. »