Troublemakers Blog

March 15, 2019 /
The A-Team was a hit show among my friends when it first aired in 1983. Growing up in a union family, one episode that stood out for me was “Labor Pains,” when the A-Team helped farmworkers organize a union. I recently watched it again to see how well it presents unions and the organizing process. »
Two photos: 1.Tom with early prototype burn barrel. 2. Wabtech striker warming hands over new barrel.
March 07, 2019 / Alexandra Bradbury
It’s just what you would expect from airplane engineers on strike—they reengineered the picket line burn barrel to be more efficient. The strikers were Boeing engineers, members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), who walked the lines for 40 days in 2000 during a rainy Seattle winter. »
Teachers on a picket line in Los Angeles January 2019
March 07, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni
The guy at the car rental counter found my T-shirt puzzling. It was early on a Tuesday morning, and I had just flown back into L.A. Why, he wanted to know, was someone from Massachusetts wearing a shirt that said “United Teachers Los Angeles”? »
February 22, 2019 /
In the past six months, over 50 workers, students, and labor activists in China have been arrested or disappeared by the government. Their crime? Supporting workers at the Jasic welding equipment factory in their legal efforts to form a union. »
Comics Against the 1% by Daniel Mendez Moore
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February 21, 2019 / Jane Slaughter
Though I've lived in Detroit for 44 years, my heart is still in West Virginia, where I was born and raised. When West Virginia teachers and school workers went on a winning wildcat a year ago, and touched off a wave of teacher strikes across the country, I bragged about them all over, as if it had anything to do with me. »
February 21, 2019 /
Casual dockworkers in the Port of Valparaíso, one of the largest ports in Chile, in December ended a 36-day strike. The majority of Chile’s fruit exports pass through this port. The strike came at the beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere—the height of the season for fruit, one of the biggest export industries in the country. »
February 15, 2019 /
They did it to public workers. Next they want to do it to railroad and airline workers. A right-wing policy think tank filed a Janus-style lawsuit against the Machinists on January 8, claiming that non-members shouldn’t be required to pay fees for union representation. »
Nurses picketing.
February 07, 2019 / Chris Brooks
Thirteen thousand nurses may be on strike in March at three of the largest employers in New York City. For several months, hospitals in the Montefiore, Mount Sinai, and New York Presbyterian systems have been bargaining jointly with the New York State Nurses Association. »
Bangladeshi garment worker at sewing machine looks up, sitting in factory
February 01, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar
With the sixth anniversary approaching of the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed over 1,000 workers, conditions in the world’s second-largest garment export industry are tumultuous. »

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