Kari Lydersen

Chicago Pursuing School Privatization at Any Cost

This article originally appeared at In These Times and is reprinted here with their permission. This report was made possible by a generous grant from the Voqal Fund.

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Behind the Scenes of Rahm Emanuel's Poor Mayoral Strategy

The following is an excerpt from Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%. Copyright © 2013 by Kari Lydersen. Reprinted with permission of Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL.

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Chicago Fast Food Strikers Win Small Victories

Chicago workers continued the roving fast food and retail strike Thursday, joining strikers and picketers around the nation calling for increased wages and better working conditions for the thousands of low-wage workers who staff some of the nation’s largest companies but are not paid even enough to scrape by.

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Will $2 Billion for Chicago Trains Create Good Jobs?

In February, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that it plans to spend up to $2 billion on as many as 846 new cars for its elevated train and subway system, and issued a call for bids from manufacturers. According to the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), an economic justice advocacy group running a national campaign pushing transit agencies to source parts and labor in the U.S., a purchase of that size could create more than 20,000 American jobs. 

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Fracking 'Boom Towns' Rife with Workplace Accidents

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Times' weekly updates.

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Chicago Fast-Food Workers Begin Fight for $15 an Hour

CHICAGO—The workers at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile quickly and efficiently turn out “gourmet” burritos and tacos with organic and local ingredients for scores of shoppers, tourists and businesspeople strolling this famously tony stretch of Michigan Avenue just north of the Chicago River. The popular chain prides itself on offering “food with integrity” and cultivates a hip, sustainable image.

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‘The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized’: Day Two of the Chicago Teachers Strike

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Times' weekly updates.

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Big Rumbling in Chicago as Teachers Move Toward Historic Strike

Editor's Note: We've been following the teachers' union fight in Chicago closely because of its potential ramifications--a showdown between a well-known Democratic mayor who is often emblematic of the wing of the party that's closest to Wall Street and furthest from its roots with working people, and a progressive union that won't back down. Teacher-union-bashing has become far too common in both parties, and the attacks on the people who educate our kids led to full-scale attacks on collective bargaining rights in states across the country in recent years.  A strike in Chicago has national ramifications, as the union-busting tactics honed in Chicago have spread around the country, and a big move here could lead to more action.

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Not-For-Profit Hospitals Make Billions - and Provide Little Charity Care

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Times' weekly updates.

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Wage Theft at Wal-Mart Warehouses? Fourth Lawsuit in Two Years Filed on Behalf of Underpaid Workers

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Timesweekly updates.

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