Michelle Chen, The Nation

Michelle Chen

The Nation

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Recent articles by Michelle:

For Some Workers, Schools Never Closed

Amid the pandemic, frontline education workers are shouldering crucial responsibilities. → Read More

This Amazon Grocery Runner Has Risked Her Job to Fight for Better Safety Measures

Courtenay Brown knows she could be on the streets if she loses her job at an Amazon Fresh unit. She’s speaking out about scant Covid-19 safety measures and lack of workplace benefits anyway. → Read More

The Amazon Delivery Service Worker Who’d Finally Seen Enough

As a driver for an Amazon subcontractor, Frank Chavez encountered unsanitary conditions—including bottles of his coworkers’ urine. Now he’s standing up for his rights. → Read More

Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Is Sabotaging Its Own Mission

The federal agency that’s supposed to protect union rights is instead championing the interests of bosses. → Read More

Disaster Looms as the Coronavirus Disrupts the Garment Supply Chain

Fashion brands are sticking suppliers and workers with unpaid bills. → Read More

Workers Fight for Their Lives

The spontaneous rebellion of low-wage workers exposed to Covid-19. → Read More

Will the Pandemic Lead to Better Treatment for Drug Users?

Harm reduction advocates hope new emergency rules for medication-assisted treatment will foster broader reforms after the Covid crisis. → Read More

Your Rent or Your Life

The pandemic is forcing workers to make impossible choices. → Read More

Construction Work Was Already Dangerous. Coronavirus Is Making It Worse.

Deemed "essential," workers in hard hats are reporting for duty even as the pandemic spreads. → Read More

Trump Wants to Gut Crucial Environmental Regulation

Rolling back the National Environmental Policy Act would prevent the public from learning about the consequences of massive construction projects. → Read More

Women Perform 12.5 Billion Hours of Unpaid Labor Every Day

If compensated for the care work they perform, women worldwide would be owed $10.8 trillion. → Read More

Bosses Are Charged with Breaking the Law in Over 40% of Union Campaigns

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and struggles for workers' rights. → Read More

Black Lands Matter: The Movement to Transform Heirs’ Property Laws

Legal loopholes stripped millions of acres of land from black families, but a campaign to rewrite the rules is gaining momentum. → Read More

Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So.

In These Times features award-winning investigative reporting about corporate malfeasance and government wrongdoing, insightful analysis of national and international affairs, and sharp cultural criticism about events and ideas that matter. → Read More

It’s Time for Migrants Facing Deportation to Have Free Legal Counsel

Some city and state governments have invested millions in pro bono "rapid response" legal aid for migrants. → Read More

“Guardianship” Often Fails Poor Seniors. Is There a Different Way?

Lack of regulation and potential for abuse make many elder care advocates wary of the guardianship model. → Read More

‘We Were Treated Like Dirt’: A Visa Program Exploits Student Workers

With the J-1 visa, employers can skirt safety protections and avoid paying the minimum wage. → Read More

There Is No ‘Nursing Shortage.’ There’s Just a Good Nursing Job Shortage.

The solution lies in radically rethinking how we provide health care. → Read More

Uber and Lyft Hate This Bill

California’s AB5 could radically change the gig economy in the ride-hailing services’ home state. → Read More

Hong Kong Protesters, Chinese Workers Point the Way to New Internationalism

There are political impulses that China's government cannot contain, co-opt or absorb. → Read More