Troublemakers Blog

June 25, 2020 /
Two years ago, the Red for Ed movement swept across Arizona. Seventy thousand educators flooded the capitol demanding higher wages and lower class sizes and a stake at the bargaining table. »
Four Black workers in red Verizon shirts kneel in a parking lot, fists raised.
June 19, 2020 / Saurav Sarkar
The Black Lives Matter uprising has prompted strong statements about racism and police accountability from top union officials, but the participation of the labor movement has been limited. Several internationals have, to their credit, encouraged their members. »
Masked people stand outside holding red printed signs. Visible sign in foreground says: "Solidarity with Sanitation Workers! Hazard Pay and PPE Now!"
June 16, 2020 /
Update: A union coalition got the Philadelphia city council to pass the Essential Workers Protection Act described below. It forbids retaliation against any worker, public or private, for reporting public health violations in the workplace, and it enables them to decline to work in conditions they reasonably believe to be dangerous and unhealthy. »
June 15, 2020 /
The Crush Bar Workers Collective in Portland, Oregon made news in March when laid-off workers staged a sit-in, making demands around the COVID-19 closing and reopening. »
June 15, 2020 /
A strike by 33 workers at a McDonald’s in North Oakland has shut down the store since May 26. Twelve workers there have tested positive for COVID-19, and so have eight of their family members, including a 10-month-old baby. This is one of the longest recorded strikes ever by McDonald's workers. »
June 11, 2020 /
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, ports across the U.S. West Coast ground to a halt as longshore workers stopped work to mourn the death of George Floyd. For nine minutes—the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck—members of the Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) performed no work, from Southern California to »
Three men (two Black, one white) hold a sign: "ATU-1005 in solidarity w/ #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter." Taco truck in background.
June 11, 2020 /
Since the video was released of Officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes as Floyd said his last words, “I can’t breathe,” protests have exploded in eighteen countries and all fifty states. The cry of Black Lives Matter can be heard in small towns and big cities throughout the United States. »
June 11, 2020 /
As the world and the United States navigate the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a common refrain that we’re living in unprecedented times, with mass unemployment, unsafe working conditions for those still working, lack of access to health care, and food scarcity. For some Americans these experiences are unimaginable, but for many Black people they are too »
June 10, 2020 /
Labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas was arrested on Monday in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where she was attempting to aid factory workers to recover wages owed to them during a two-month coronavirus shutdown. »
June 10, 2020 /
On Sunday postal workers in Minneapolis organized a display of solidarity with the Black freedom movement that is emerging after the brutal police murder of George Floyd. »