Troublemakers Blog

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. »
April 27, 2018 /
Feature: Teacher Uprising Grows »