Troublemakers Blog

July 23, 2015 /
Even with laws on the books, it often takes direct action to make bosses pay up the wages they owe—as servers in a Seattle club discovered. »
July 21, 2015 /
In reality the Toyota Production System, or “lean production,” taught managers how to slice up jobs to make them more repetitive and require less skill—thus increasing stress on workers and discarding them when their bodies and minds could no longer take it »
July 10, 2015 /
On a summer night, what could be better than laughing, singing, and toe-tapping your way through some radical labor history? »
July 09, 2015 /
A comprehensive new book, primarily aimed at East and South Asian factory workers, shows how to advance workplace health and safety from an organizing perspective. »
July 02, 2015 / Samantha Winslow
Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, began their strike at 3 a.m. July 1. “This is not Walmart," says union President James Macon. »
July 02, 2015 /
Big strikes broke out in May at two multinational-owned plants in China, over management's efforts to avoid paying proper compensation for layoffs. »
June 18, 2015 /
Over four often-contentious days in Detroit in June, delegates to the national convention of the Communications Workers (CWA) chose new leadership, upheld the rights of strikers, and grappled with racism and police brutality. »
June 16, 2015 /
Rail workers argue that tragedies like the Amtrak rain derailment on May 12 could be avoided, if companies equipped workers with the tools necessary to perform the job safely. »
June 08, 2015 / Julia Kann
In San Francisco, UNITE HERE Local 2 is taking a stand against the fast-growing startup Airbnb, which is threatening members’ work and homes. »
June 05, 2015 /
Thirteen workers a day die on the job in the U.S. One of them was my co-worker: a veteran electrician crushed to death at 5 a.m. on April 24 at the Oklahoma City Quad/Graphics plant. He was servicing equipment on a maintenance call when he was pinned under a crane. »