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, June 16, 2013
Recruitment Abuses Emerge in Immigration Reform Debate
Archiel Buagas thought she was doing everything right. The young Filipina nurse secured a special work visa to come to the United States and arranged a job at a New York nursing home with the help of a recruiting agency. Things started to feel wrong when they refused to give her a copy of her contract.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food
Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by a Chinese multinational , there seemed to be still more cause for alarm.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Anger Rising in Bangladesh, Putting Big Brands Under Pressure
It’s been about a month since the Rana Plaza factory complex crumbled into a cement grave for more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Congress: From "Starving the Beast" to Starving Real People
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Farmworkers Fight Wendy’s, the ‘Last Holdout’ on Fair Food
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
A More Democratic Foxconn? No One Told the Workers
With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
As Death Toll in Bangladesh Collapse Climbs Past 1,000, Another Factory Fire Claims 8 Lives
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Saturday, May 04, 2013
That Unemployment Form Might Violate Your Civil Rights
If you think being jobless is tough, try applying for unemployment benefits. In Florida, simply filling out the form requires considerable talent and endurance.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Farmworkers Dig Into the New ‘Blue Card’ Plan
Last week, immigrants’ rights groups finally got the papers they’ve been waiting for, an 844-page whopper of a bill that attempts to “fix” the immigration system by promising a little bit to everyone: businesses get workers, workers get jobs and millions of undocumented people get an opportunity to gain citizenship.
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Factory Collapse in Bangladesh Shows Cracks in the System
There are few ways to make a decent living in Bangladesh, but there are many ways to die trying.
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