Troublemakers Blog

January 23, 2017 / Jane Slaughter
Printing plant workers in Buenos Aires showed up for their 6 a.m. shift as usual last Monday, only to find locked doors, police, and private security blocking their way. Grupo Clarín, the biggest media group in Argentina, had locked them out. The 380 workers were fired, with management planning to replace well-paid union workers with cheaper, non-union »
January 20, 2017 / Dan DiMaggio
Dozens of retail janitors who clean Home Depot in the Twin Cities are on strike today to protest poverty wages and incoming President Donald Trump’s anti-worker agenda. »
January 19, 2017 /
With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of maximum solidarity. »
January 18, 2017 /
Adapted from remarks by Rand Wilson on January 16 at the Capital District Area Labor Federation's 20th Annual MLK Labor Celebration in Albany, New York. In the nearby town of Waterford, 700 workers are on strike at Momentive Performance Materials, while in Green Island, dozens have been locked out at a Honeywell aerospace plant for more than nine months. »
January 12, 2017 /
Last week auto workers from Chicago and Detroit made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of auto workers' sit-down strikes to lend solidarity to workers who’ve been locked out for eight months and counting. »
December 22, 2016 / Chris Brooks
Fast food CEO Andrew Pudzer for Labor Secretary… Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Energy Secretary… Billionaire Betsy DeVos, enemy of public schools and public workers, to head Education… »
December 13, 2016 / Dan DiMaggio
What can you do to help your brothers and sisters when they’re on strike or locked out? You might follow the example of Head Start teacher Jonathan Dudley. When Aubuchon Hardware locked out 60 workers in the town next door, he sprang into action and raised $1,830—enough to buy each worker a Thanksgiving turkey. »
December 09, 2016 /
President-elect Donald Trump achieved something extraordinary when he cut that recent deal with Carrier/United Technologies. Not the jobs. I’m talking about the torrent of outrage he triggered regarding public subsidies for big business. »