Troublemakers Blog

Two women in green bandanas that say “bans off our bodies” march with many others
January 25, 2024 /
At Local 911, Chief Steward Emma woke up to an angry text from member Jane about having her time off request refused by the boss. »
An image of the cover of the book, with tech workers standing in front of a big sign that says "Google: End Rater Poverty" in the background.
January 10, 2024 /
Many of us have tried to follow the recent kerfuffle involving Sam Altman’s leadership of the company he founded, OpenAI. In mid-November 2023 he was abruptly fired, then returned to power just five days later. The business press highlighted the implications of this power struggle for the rapid deployment of artificial intelligence and the future influence of »
A group of Amazon workers wearing yellow hi-vis vests stands together after marching on their boss.
December 20, 2023 /
Our union campaign at Amazon’s “superhub” air cargo center, KCVG in Northern Kentucky, is taking off. And not surprisingly that’s prompting the company to go into union-busting overdrive. »
December 19, 2023 / Barbara Madeloni
When Becky Pringle, president of the 3-million-member National Education Association (NEA), the largest union in the country, tweeted, “We join our partner organizations along with Jewish and Muslim leaders across the globe in an urgent call for an end to the violence,” it was one more »
December 18, 2023 /
Matewan, West Virginia, scene of an historic gun battle between striking coal miners and mine guards 100 years ago, was recently the site of a unique labor gathering. »
An aircraft factory floor is viewed from above, with planes on either side and high rafters above.
December 15, 2023 /
Last summer I was working at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington, on a four-man electrical crew, replacing the existing lights with new LEDs. Our work area was 90 feet off the ground, maybe 20 feet below the roof decking, with no air circulation. You could feel the heat radiating from the ceiling pan. »
A man in a checkered shirt talks to two people with their backs to the camera in front of a red “Dan Osborne Independent for Senate” banner.
December 06, 2023 /
The major parties on Capitol Hill like to boast about how much more “representative” their Congressional delegations have become in recent years. But that’s only in the most-discussed categories of diversity—race, age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Working-class Americans rarely end up in the halls of Congress. »
Logo of Revolutions Per Minute - a red pulsing blob with white letters saying RPM in the middle
November 30, 2023 /
Jenny Brown of Labor Notes discusses the Auto Workers, Teamsters, nurses, hotel workers and teachers who have been making waves this year. Listen on ‘Revolutions Per Minute,’ the podcast of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America. LISTEN »
Four Black women march with t-shirts that say “Labor vs. Corporate Greed.” They’re holding UAW signs.
November 22, 2023 / Dan DiMaggio
Is it time for a big, united strike by millions of union members against the billionaire class? We get pitched this idea sometimes at Labor Notes. Usually we dismiss it as coming from starry-eyed dreamers eager to pass over the hard work of organizing and skip ahead to the “general strike.” »