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, 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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Friday, December 13, 2013
Teachers Seek to ‘Reclaim’ Education
After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully—budget-slashing school reforms that have made school more stressful and less fulfilling f
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
‘From Bean to Cup,’ Starbucks Labor Action Heats Up
The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Qatar’s World Cup Spectacle Brought to You by Slavery
The big controversies surrounding Qatar as the site of the 2022 World Cup have been the shady bidding process and fears that the desert heat will ruin the soccer games.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
From U.S. to Philippines, Nurses Mobilize in Typhoon Haiyan’s Wake
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
How Sandy Clean-Up Brought Day Laborers Out of the Shadows
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Saturday, November 09, 2013
Exploitation Remains the Name of the Game at Dell’s Chinese Factories
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Guitar Center Workers Rock the Shop Floor
If your 9-to-5 job revolves around your life’s passion, the satisfaction of being surrounded by what you love can offset the daily grind.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Minimum-Wage Hike Won’t Appease Bangladeshi Workers
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