Troublemakers Blog

Workers in orange vests and hardhats crouch around a track. They are framed by a big yellow piece of equipment in the foreground. The day is very sunny.
March 28, 2024 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
Railroad track workers have launched a campaign to get their union officers elected by the members, rather than by convention delegates. »
A chanting crowd stands in front of the White House fence. Three people are helping hold a large cardboard sign that says "UE stands with Palestine" with the union's lightning-bolt logo and a slice of watermelon. Other printed signs say "American Postal Workers Union: Fighting for Justice" and "Biden, you are starving Gaza. Permanent ceasefire now!"
March 21, 2024 /
Unions representing more than half of the U.S. labor movement have now called for a ceasefire in Gaza, as has the AFL-CIO and some 70 city councils—the result of actions by many local and international unions and rank-and-file activists. »
Black-and-white photo looks upward at a woman in a plaid shirt and bedazzled hardhat, gesturing and speaking
March 21, 2024 /
Almost Killed Myself: Day One, Apprentice Electrician He needed an extra pair of hands for the day.
Set me up at a wire rack and explained
A Black man in a baseball cap and a T-shirt that says "Home" with the shape of Africa for the "O" speaks to the camera. He is standing in a warehouse, in front of shelves stacked high with folded apparel . Another Black man can be seen behind him, working.
March 15, 2024 /
I remember Wisconsin carpenter Tom Crofton trying years ago to convince his local officers to create a worker cooperative to build affordable housing. Housing was an urgent need, he argued—and the union had the skills, the labor power, the organization, and the financial resources to do it. But the officers wouldn’t even consider the idea. »
Two dozen teachers stand on stairs with signs saying ‘Andover Supports Newton’
March 14, 2024 / Barbara Madeloni
Recently I heard members of the Newton Teachers Association recount the path to their 11-day January strike. The audience at the Massachusetts Teachers Association winter skills conference gave them a standing ovation. »
A group of forty cram into a building lobby with signs saying “Labor for Palestine”
March 05, 2024 /
When street protests seem ignored by the war machine, what are union members to do? »
Head shots of five smiling people.
March 04, 2024 /
Labor Notes staff are busy as a hive, ramping up for our biggest-ever conference. As we do, we’re very grateful to have more capable hands on deck: two wonderful new co-workers plus three terrific interns. »
Two book covers are shown, both mostly the title and author text; one has images of cigarettes and smokestack
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. »