Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times. She is a regular contributor to the labor rights blog Working In These Times, Colorlines.com, and Pacifica's WBAI. Her work has also appeared in Common Dreams, Alternet, Ms. Magazine, Newsday, and her old zine, cain.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees’ Salaries to Be Secret?
Asking someone at a party how much they make in a year might get you a weird look. Asking someone about their salary at work might get you fired. Seem unfair? Don’t bother complaining: Washington just once again reaffirmed the boss’s inalienable right to punish workers for talking about whether...
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Second-grade student reads in preparation for a test. (AP Photo/ Jose F. Moreno) Views
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Why Are Teachers and Students Opting Out of Standardized Testing?
After years of drilling, assessing and scoring youth to exhaustion, more than 25,000 kids in New York have defied the educational establishment in a test of wills. The “opt out” movement has exploded in schools across the state and other regions of the country, as students, parents and teachers...
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Press conference held by Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity and the Bangladesh Garments & Industrial Workers Federation in Dhaka (Courtesy: International Labor Rights Forum) Views
Sunday, April 06, 2014
This Activist Gave His Life to Sound the Alarm on Bangladesh’s Labor Crisis
Sometimes the worst disasters come with warning signs, but we realize them only in retrospect. Months before the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 , workers protested oppressive and unsafe working conditions in New York garment factories, but their outcry was continually ignored by...
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
$2.13 an Hour? Why The Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go
The person who serves you lunch today may work for a minimum hourly wage that’s less than the price of your coffee. And no matter how generous your tip, at the end of the day, she'll take home much less in wages than what she deserves. Federal law has been exploiting workers like her for years,...
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
This Is How You Make Garment Factories Safer
One of the major achievements of the labor movement in the aftermath of last April's Rana Plaza factory tragedy is the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh .
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
When the Government Outsources to Private Companies, Inequality Gets Worse
State and local officials nationwide are responding to budget crunches by siphoning off public services to private contractors — the classic “market-based solution” for a fiscal crisis. But on balance, the savings of these supposedly cost-saving outsourcing measures often turn out to be less than advertised.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Tyranny of the On-Call Schedule: Hourly Injustice in Retail Labor
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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Community Colleges’ Failing Grade
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Sunday, March 02, 2014
The Actual Brazil World Cup Scandal Isn’t About Thongs
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
China’s Militant Workers Embrace Collective Action
China is the big business story of the 21st century, but is it also the big labor story?
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