Troublemakers Blog

Dedham educators in red, on a picket line, with red and white signs.
January 13, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni
They stood on a picket line at the entrance to the school parking lot: seven educators out on strike for the first time. Public sector strikes are illegal in Massachusetts. But the night before, after two years of fruitless negotiations, the 300 members of the Dedham Education Association had voted overwhelming to walk out. »
December 20, 2019 / Dan DiMaggio
Labor Notes has been at it for 40 years. But 2019 will go down as one of our busiest and most productive yet. »
December 18, 2019 /
Early in his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse makes a striking observation. »
December 13, 2019 /
After a much-contested election process, the largest union of journalists in North America has chosen a 32-year-old reporter at the Los Angeles Times to be its new leader. »
December 02, 2019 /
Labor Notes is in the midst of our year-end fundraising drive. Below is the text of our fundraising letter, which will hit supporters' mailboxes in the first half of December. Donate to support our ongoing efforts to put the movement back in the labor movement at »
Lead couple of Nothing But a Man depicted sitting together, smiling.
November 27, 2019 /
You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her latest installment in an occasional series of viewing »
Around 200 Amazon workers, mostly of East African descent, protested outside their workplace in Minnesota.
November 27, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
Amazon is today’s most high-profile corporate villain. It’s the devil incarnate to activists concerned with labor standards, climate change, public subsidies, and the deportation machine. But for all the condemnation of CEO Jeff Bezos, why have no U.S. Amazon workers managed to unionize? »
November 22, 2019 /
The morning of November 30, 1999, was unseasonably warm as I jumped in my car to meet up with my fellow members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union at our headquarters in Seattle. At the time I was a business agent for tugboat workers and running for national president of the IBU, the marine division of the Longshore union (ILWU). »
November 20, 2019 / Chris Brooks
As voting on the Auto Workers’ agreement with Ford came to a close last week, a union official publicly expressed his contempt for locals that had voted against the pact. Management should move production to locals that voted yes, wrote Michael Robison, an assistant director in the union’s National Ford Department. »
November 15, 2019 / Chris Brooks
After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four. »