Troublemakers Blog

April 15, 2020 / Chris Brooks
More than 100 hospitals in the U.S. have laid off workers since the pandemic began. Tens of thousands of medical workers are furloughed at the exact moment hospitals should be staffing up and training everyone in intensive care. »
Worker with forklift in front of cases of pallets on shelves in warehouse
April 15, 2020 /
From the Black Plague of the Middle Ages to the flu pandemic of 1918 to COVID-19, disease and pestilence have always followed two of humanity’s most well-trod paths: those of war and trade. »
Protest in 2017 with signs that support Medicare for All, people marching in the street
April 15, 2020 /
Big problems demand bold solutions. The Labor Campaign for Single Payer is calling on Congress to expand Medicare coverage to everyone in America for the duration of the crisis. »
April 14, 2020 /
Note: this article was updated on April 22, 2020 to reflect new guidance from the Department of Labor -Editors. »
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. »