Troublemakers Blog

June 03, 2021 /
Foster Farms was fined $181,500 on May 24, 2021 by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) for failing to protect workers from Covid-19 at its Livingston poultry plant and distribution center near Fresno, and for failing to report all infections. At least eight Foster Farms workers died from Covid-19. »
Three EPA workers protesting with signs: EPA workers demand respect. Other sign cut off.
June 03, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
Not long ago, workers at the Environmental Protection Agency were battling the Trump Administration’s many attempts to interfere with both their agency’s mission and »
Masked people marching outside. Some have signs: "UNLOCK THE MONEY," "FREE OUR FUNDING," "AUSTERITY IS RACIST!"
May 28, 2021 /
We join the whole labor movement in mourning the nine brothers and sisters from Transit (ATU) Local 265 and SEIU Local 521 who were killed on May 26 in a mass shooting at a workplace union meeting. »
May 26, 2021 /
Federal help is on the way, we were told months ago—but where’s the money? »
May 25, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
It feels like the world is on fire again. Strikers in Myanmar are on the front lines of a rebellion against a military coup. Corpses are floating down the river Ganges as the pandemic rages in India. »
May 19, 2021 /
A supposed defense of coal miners, their families, their way of life, and their culture has been front and center of the Republican agenda ever since the push for decarbonization began. »
A group marches down the street behind a banner reading "UC Scam Diego: Affordable Housing Now."
May 18, 2021 /
Graduate student employees have fought for decades to form unions. In the 51 years since teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin won the first graduate worker contract in the nation, our right to unionize has been only intermittently protected by the National Labor Relations Board, depending on which party sits in the Oval Office. »
Picketers (Black and white, men and women) marching in front of a post office. Signs say "U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale," "Postmaster DeJoy Is Destroying Our Post Office," "Save Our Public Postal Service: Forever Essential." Also visible are copies of the flyer "Dump DeJoy and His 10-Year Plan."
May 12, 2021 /
Last fall, the Detroit local of the Postal Workers (APWU) stepped out with a rally and flyer calling on workers to defend democracy and warning of a possible coup. National APWU picked up that flyer and copied it in a national publication. »
Duke University Press Workers Union posing in matching black T-shirts on grass.
May 04, 2021 /
Update May 5: The Duke University Press Workers Union officially filed for an election on May 3.—Eds After years of high turnover, low pay, and discriminatory practices affecting people of color and queer people, workers at Duke University Press in Durham, North Carolina, are organizing a union. »
Crowd of teachers and supporters protesting in Amman in front of building, some with raised arms, on July 29 2020
May 03, 2021 /
One of the Middle East’s most active and militant labor unions has come and gone. The Jordan Teachers’ Syndicate (JTS) was outlawed and dissolved by the government in July 2020. It represented around 140,000 teachers in the small country of 10 million people. »