Troublemakers Blog

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February 27, 2024 /
One of the occupational hazards of being a labor activist is over-exposure to “corporate bullshit”—on the job, in the community, and in politics. »
A group of autoworkers sit on a makeshift platform under a window in a factory.
February 23, 2024 /
A new podcast, "Organize the Unorganized: The Rise of the CIO," tells the story of the Committee for Industrial Organization (which later became the Congress of Industrial Organizations) and organized millions of workers in the 1930s and '40s. »
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. »