Troublemakers Blog

cover of Ben Fletcher book three times
December 17, 2020 /
Growing up in Philadelphia, I learned about some of the rich local labor history: the 1827 founding of the first union to cross craft lines, the 1835 general strike, and the 1869 founding of the »
December 04, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury
Holiday toy production season got off to a chaotic start this year. Santa Claus at first resisted the elves’ demands for COVID safety measures—prompting a wave of sickouts around the toy workshop. »
December 03, 2020 /
Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital struck this week over safety and staffing. »
Panel at the 2019 Dallas Troublemakers School.
December 01, 2020 /
This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting Labor Notes at our Facebook fundraiser or through the Donate page on this website. -Editors. »
November 25, 2020 /
When our union announced a mass Zoom meeting, we knew members wouldn’t get the chance to participate in any meaningful sense. There was a moderated question-and-answer session planned, but we did not know if there would be an open chat—and we certainly assumed there would be no discussion of a desperately needed strike authorization campaign. »
November 23, 2020 /
At a time when activists and commentators are puzzling over the United States’ enduring conservatism, Michael Goldfield’s new book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020) »
November 19, 2020 /
Workers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. »
A bikeshare driver wearing a black mask stands in front of a red MoGo van.
November 16, 2020 /
On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing. »
Supporters of Prop 15 tabling for the measure with a big sign.
November 12, 2020 /
California’s Proposition 15, a labor-backed progressive tax measure, gave up the ghost on November 10 after a weeklong vote count. The measure had proposed to close a corporate tax loophole worth $10 to $12 billion a year for schools and services. »
Crowd with many "count every vote" signs and balloons
November 08, 2020 /
Now that Biden and Harris have won a decisive victory, not only in the popular vote but also in the electoral college, it is more important than ever for workers and their organizations to remain vigilant and not de-mobilize while making sure every vote is counted. »