Troublemakers Blog

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. »
Two construction workers looking down in building construction site with wooden scaffolding around them.
April 08, 2020 /
The Danish government has struck a historic deal with unions and employers’ associations to stop mass layoffs during the pandemic. »
A nurse holds a sign showing "NNU COVID-19 Checklist: patient properly isolated, adequate PPE for nurses, notification to staff about case, adequate staffing for patient, adequate testing, nurses properly placed on leave"
April 07, 2020 /
I am a registered nurse at Cook County Hospital, the safety-net hospital in Chicago and the busiest hospital in the state. The people who come to this hospital are some of the most underserved patients, mainly people of color, immigrants—many undocumented, the uninsured and underinsured, the homeless, and the incarcerated. »