Troublemakers Blog

November 09, 2010 /
Why does a billionaire want to take away your Social Security benefits? Today former hedge fund manager Peter Peterson announced an ad campaign aimed at raising the retirement age, among other robberies. »
November 07, 2010 /
“I haven't been this excited since the early 1990s,” said a Teamster at a strategizing session for the Sandy Pope campaign. Pope, a local president in New York, is running against James Hoffa for the Teamsters presidency next year. »
November 05, 2010 /
Ohio Teamsters are experiencing a classic case of what happens when a company is ready to break the law to keep a union out. Since 125 aluminum foundry workers voted for Akron Teamsters Local 24 in March 2008, management has been barefaced in its refusal to bargain and its discrimination against union supporters, while threatening to sell the plant if workers »
November 04, 2010 / Jenny Brown
Delta flight attendants in New York gathered in disbelief yesterday to hear the bad news about their month-long union election. »
October 29, 2010 /
A slate of union reformers won a narrow victory Wednesday in the first round of a teachers’ union election in Washington, D.C. The election has far-reaching implications because the D.C. school district has been celebrated as a national model for the corporate version of school reform being carried out by President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. »
October 29, 2010 /
As French President Nicolas Sarkozy moved within inches of passing unpopular pension cutbacks, workers continued to strike and march in protest. Close to two million people filled the streets throughout France October 28, marking the seventh national day of action in less than two months. »
October 27, 2010 /
Public employees are the “welfare queens” of the 2010s--the ones supposedly feeding at the public trough, at our expense. This video argues that public employees aren’t living that high off the hog. »
October 26, 2010 / Mark Brenner
With the midterm elections a week out, the headlines are all about money in politics. But the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal can't agree on who deserves more scrutiny—business or labor. »
October 25, 2010 / Dan DiMaggio
The unemployment crisis in this country coincides with a decades-long growth in employment by temp agencies, making millions of Americans’ search for secure, decent-paying jobs even more difficult. The bizarre experience I had last week along with more than 500 other Twin Cities job-seekers sheds some light on what “flexibility” means in today’s labor market. »
October 20, 2010 /
In a time when politicians are wringing their hands over “out-of-control” spending, Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security has contracted the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, a private company, to assess terrorist threats--like Jobs with Justice. »