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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Sunday, February 23, 2014
The U.S. Military’s Assault on Overseas Labor Rights
A six-foot gash in the wall; charred corpses strewn amid the rubble of a collapsed building; families mourning nameless civilian casualties.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Return to Lender: Why Saving the Post Office Can Help Save Communities
Your friendly local post office may have an honorable history, but it’s facing tough times, including a fiscal crisis and, more generally, a struggle to keep pace with growing digital communication technologies.
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Friday, February 07, 2014
Who’s Really To Blame for Unemployment?
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Thursday, February 06, 2014
A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers
Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Coal Spill Puts Spotlight on Colombia’s Labor and Environmental Struggles
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Capitalists for a Higher Minimum Wage
A Silicon Valley multimillionaire and conservative pundit wants to give his state’s poorest workers a raise. Huh?
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Sunday, January 12, 2014
Haiti’s Women Need More Than a Trickle of Aid Money
It’s been four years since Port-au-Prince collapsed, and Haiti’s women are still working through the damage—both physical and mental—left by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and its aftermath. The cameras and reporters have gone, but the twinned scourges of violence and exploitation continue to haunt Haiti’s ruins.
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too
The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh last April exposed the cruel link between abusive Global South factories and the Western brands they supply.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Advice for Young Women: Get a Union Job
Back in the days before modern feminism, a young woman looking for work might typically be advised, politely, to “learn a trade,” with the implication that she wasn't bound for college or an elite career, but a humbler job as, say, a secretary or seamstress. Such a phrase might sound condescending today.
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Friday, December 20, 2013
National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon
Any working parent will tell you that raising a family might as well be another full-time job—one that comes with no vacation days or health benefits.
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