Troublemakers Blog

January 17, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar
It’s day four of the Los Angeles teachers strike, and the big news is that the district and the union will meet today at noon to resume negotiations for the first time since the strike began. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been urging the district to come back to the table, will mediate. »
January 16, 2019 / Chris Brooks
Yesterday for the second day in a row, 50,000 people rallied in support of the striking teachers of Los Angeles. This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. It’s funded by billionaires like Eli Broad and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. »
January 16, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni
Thirty-four thousand teachers in Los Angeles are out on strike to defend public education against the privatization agenda of Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and current Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. »
January 10, 2019 /
For anyone who cares to know why thousands are fleeing Central America alone and in caravans, what role the U.S. has played in creating the crisis there, and how unions, workers, and popular organizations are fighting back, historian Dana Frank’s new book is a must-read. »
January 02, 2019 /
Labor Notes is thrilled to welcome two new staffers, Saurav Sarkar and Joe DeManuelle-Hall, who started in our New York office in December. »
January 02, 2019 /
On the night of December 11, Kim Yong-kyun, a 24-year-old worker, was killed at a thermal power plant in Taean, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, after being sucked into a coal conveyor belt that decapitated him. Only four months into his temporary job, he was killed so that the belt could uninterruptedly run at a speed of 16 feet per second. »
December 25, 2018 /
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December 21, 2018 /
The biggest UPS local in the Northeast is back in the hands of reformers. Teamsters in New York City’s Local 804 elected the Experience Matters slate far and away the winner in a four-way race December 20. »
December 20, 2018 / Saurav Sarkar
In the thousands of words spilled for the late George H.W. Bush, you won’t find the names of Argentine workers Pedro Troiani and Carlos Propato. The two union activists were among those detained and tortured in 1976 at a Buenos Aires Ford plant and later at a secret detention facility run by a military dictatorship, a government supported by then-CIA Director »
December 18, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio
Labor might be on the ropes, but it still knows how to throw a punch. 2018 saw thousands of teachers, campus workers, and hotel workers hit the streets in support of bold demands. What does it take to strike and win in the new Gilded Age? »

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