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.
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&mdash... MORE
Working · December 20, 2018
‘We’re One Union’: Why Chicago Teachers Are Out On the First Charter School Strike in the Country
After a grueling day of bargaining on Monday, teachers at Chicago’s Acero charter schools announced shortly after midnight that they were going out on the nation’s first-ever charter strike.... MORE
Working · December 4, 2018
Chicago Teachers Just Voted 98% to Authorize the First Charter School Strike in U.S. History
On Tuesday, teachers at 15 Chicago charter schools voted 98 percent to authorize a strike as they continue to bargain a contract with Acero Schools, the largest unionized charter network in the city. On Friday,... MORE
Working · October 30, 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. MORE
Working · July 25, 2018
Planned Parenthood’s Union Busting Could Have a Chilling Effect for Workers Everywhere
When Ashley Brink accepted a job at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in April 2016, she knew it would mean taking a $3 an hour pay cut. It also entailed relocating from Wichita,... MORE
Working · June 25, 2018
Rank-and-File Union Members Are Leading Another Massive Strike. This Time It’s AT&T Workers.
Thousands of AT&T employees across the Midwest are entering the sixth day of a rare, rank-and-file-led work stoppage over alleged unfair labor practices. The union representing them, Communications Workers of America ... MORE
Working · June 5, 2018
YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went On Strike. Here’s Why.
When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the “stepping stone” her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had... MORE
Working · March 5, 2018
Landlords, Your Lease Is Up: A New Movement for Rent Control Is Spreading Across the U.S.
Tenant activists, local unions, community organizations and socialists are leading campaigns to regulate rents and weaken the market's grip on housing. MORE
Features · March 5, 2018
INVESTIGATION: The Troubled History of the Fund Tapped for Rahm’s Controversial Cop Academy
$20 million in West Side TIF money for job creation has sat unspent, and another $36 million was "ported" to other districts. Now more than $10 million is being used for a police academy that will create only 100 temporary jobs. MORE
Features · February 20, 2018
Socialism, Coming to a State Fair Near You
Give us funnel cake, but give us roses too. MORE
Act Locally · September 15, 2017