Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns is an award-winning investigative reporter whose work has appeared in The Baffler, the Chicago Reader, The Intercept and other outlets. She is a contributing editor at In These Times. Follow her on Twitter @rejburns.

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Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets, stopping traffic and circling City Hall in a show support for the ongoing teachers strike on October 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)   Views
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Chicago’s Citywide Strike Just Spread to Charter School Teachers
More than 32,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and staff—one out every 100 people in the city—have been on strike since October 17. On Tuesday, the ranks of the striking workers—represented by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU Local 73—swelled a little further as nearly 40 teachers...
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Workers have plenty to cheer this labor day. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)   Views
Friday, August 30, 2019
From Victories to Union Militancy, 5 Reasons for Workers to Celebrate This Labor Day
Labor Day often gets short shrift as a worker’s holiday. Marked primarily by sales on patio furniture and mattresses, the day also has a more muddled history than May Day, which stands for internationalism and solidarity among the working class. Labor Day, by contrast, was declared a federal...
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McDonald's workers are joined by other activists as they march toward the company's headquarters to protest sexual harassment at the fast food chain's restaurants on September 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  Views
Thursday, December 27, 2018
The 8 Most Important Labor Stories of 2018
1.Janus dealt a heavy blow to labor—but public-sector unions didn’t crumble overnight. In June, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Janus v. AFSCME —and it was just as bad as everyone feared. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court found that public-sector unions violated the First...
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Mnuchin’s special blend of incompetence and ill intent leaves the field wide open for rampant Wall Street deregulation. (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Views
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Steve Mnuchin’s Path of Destruction Leads From Wall Street to Trump’s Treasury
The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story by Rebecca Burns and David Dayen (Strong Arm Press, 2018), available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound : In February, two months after the Trump administration pulled off one of the biggest wealth transfers...
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Strikers protest on July 16 at one of the warehouse truck entrances during the Amazon strike. (Photo: Lito Lizana/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)   Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
How European Workers Coordinated This Month's Massive Amazon Strike—And What Comes Next
As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth topped $150 billion last week, making him the richest man in modern history, thousands of Amazon workers across Europe went on strike. The work stoppage, which lasted three days at some facilities, was one of the largest labor actions against Amazon to date, and...
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The University of Oregon's 'Football Performance Center,' which was paid for by Nike founder (and U of O alum) Phil Knight. Views
Sunday, September 22, 2013
A Free-Speech Victory at the ‘University of Nike’
The “University of Nike” sounds like an institution straight out of a dystopian novel.
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