Troublemakers Blog

A chanting crowd stands in front of the White House fence. Three people are helping hold a large cardboard sign that says "UE stands with Palestine" with the union's lightning-bolt logo and a slice of watermelon. Other printed signs say "American Postal Workers Union: Fighting for Justice" and "Biden, you are starving Gaza. Permanent ceasefire now!"
July 23, 2024 / Luis Feliz Leon
Seven national unions representing 6 million workers in the United States called on President Joe Biden today to end all military aid to Israel. The news came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a wanted war criminal, came to Washington to »
Inset photo of Sal Rosselli, a white man in red NUHW scrubs, speaking on a mic at a rally. Behind this, a black-and-white photo of a racially diverse, mostly female group of NUHW workers pose on strike. Most carry printed picket signs with messages like "Patients before profits" and "Kaiser, don't deny my patients [the rest is obscured]." One woman carries a large handpainted sign with a fist logo and the words "Huelga de NUHW," Spanish for NUHW strike.
July 23, 2024 /
I get a kick watching Sal Rosselli at Labor Notes, always meeting, talking, on a panel, on the move, working, full of energy, out of the limelight, but known by many, health care workers especially. Sal talking about organizing hospitals, including, I suspect, his dream of a national “industrial” health care workers union. »
Warmly dressed people march with LIUNA and IBEW union signs opposing "Right to work for less" in Wisconsin.
July 18, 2024 /
I worked hard to elect Sean O’Brien. He is the right president for the Teamsters union. Donald Trump is the wrong president for my country—and I will work like hell to defeat him. »
Workers in red UNITE HERE shirts pose at a huge rally. One handlettered sign says "Fair contract for Trump workers" and another printed sign says "Love Trumps Hate."
July 16, 2024 / Jenny Brown
Corporate backers of the Trump campaign have tipped their hand. In “Project 2025: Presidential Transition Project,” the Heritage Foundation unveiled its 900-page wish list for a new Trump presidency and a compliant Supreme Court. »
Photo of Jane McAlevey smiling at a microphone and looking left in an aqua blue shirt
July 08, 2024 /
Jane McAlevey was a friend and a comrade and I can’t believe she’s gone. After she won the battle against her cancer so many times over the past few years, up until the very end part of me thought she’d find a way to beat it yet again. As a mutual friend texted me yesterday, “Jane was like a superhero, it seemed like if anybody could defeat death, it was her.” »
Workers in red UNITE HERE shirts and carrying round matching signs stand on steps outside. Those in front hold a large printed banner: "Tech Cafeteria Workers Say... No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All."
June 27, 2024 / Alexandra Bradbury
The Trump campaign is doing a great job of stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment. Maybe you’re getting an earful from co-workers. Maybe you’re worried yourself. »
Two women in dark t-shirts stand side by side, one reading from a thick booklet
June 26, 2024 /
Vermonters have a special relationship with direct participatory democracy. The first Tuesday of every March, in towns big and small, citizens gather in person to do the business of their community the old-fashioned way—face to face, one person, one vote. Everyone can have the floor to speak their opinion, from an elected officer to the worker who hauls the »
June 25, 2024 /
Labor Notes and our trusty officemates—Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), the Association for Union Democracy, and lately the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee—are moving! »
Picketers picket on a sidewalk. Person in foreground, wearing a safety-yellow jacket, smiles at the camera. This person has brown skin, glasses, hair in a ponytail, and holds a Local 46 picket sign printed with a limited energy of a fist holding bolts of lightning and the words "Your Life Safety Electricians, Fighting for a Better Contract." The sign appears to be autographed by many other strikers. Another printed sign visible in background says "On strike! NECA! Negotiate now!"
June 20, 2024 /
Two months into an unprecedented strike, the 1,023 members of the limited energy construction unit of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 in Seattle voted overwhelmingly June 11 and again June 15 to stay out. »
Three purple buttons. Pronoun "He," "They," or "She" is surrounded on each button by rainbow flag, trans flag, and the words "Union Pride."
June 12, 2024 /
In my union, UFCW Local 555, we found a straightforward yet powerful tool to make the workplace more inclusive: union pride pronoun buttons. »