Stories by Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based journalist and instructor who currently works at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader and The Progressive, among other publications. Her most recent book is "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99 Percent." She is also the co-author of "Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun" and the author of "Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About the Economic Crisis." Look for an updated reissue of Revolt on Goose Island in 2014. In 2011, she was awarded a Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work. Reach Lydersen by email: subscribe to Kari Lydersen's feed

Posted on: Apr 25, 2014, Source: In These Times

Parents want to keep public schools public, but the Chicago Board of Ed. is set on privatization.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2013, Source: Haymarket Books

New book, "Mayor 1%," explores why this quintessential creature of Washington and Wall Street is failing Chicago.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: In These Times

Chicago workers continued the roving fast food and retail strike last Thursday, joining strikers and picketers around the nation calling for increased wages and better working conditions.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2013, Source: In These Times

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to spend $2 billion on new cars for its elevated train and subway system. An order that size could create more than 20,000 American jobs.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013, Source: In These Times

Workers, many of whom lack health insurance, face dangerous conditions, freezing weather, emotional isolation, poor nutrition, drug use, heavy drinking and epidemics of STDs.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2012, Source: In These Times

And a chance to live with some human dignity.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: In These Times

'Strike schools,' picket lines, and support from other unions were part of the second day of the historic work stoppage.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012, Source: In These Times

The teachers are possibly on the cusp of their first strike in a quarter century, with nearly 90 percent of union members voting in June to authorize one.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: In These Times

Not-for-profit hospitals are almost entirely tax exempt, in part because of the expectation they will provide free or low-cost “charity care" to those in need.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2012, Source: In These Times

Dust that causes nosebleeds and vomiting, driving forklifts in the dark, blocked emergency exits: these are just some of the conditions found in a California warehouse.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: In These Times

Fathers may be more interested than ever in being active parents, but paid family leave--or even unpaid leave--is a rarity for too many working dads.

Posted on: May 20, 2012, Source: In These Times

A dramatic and bitter labor conflict has played out in Muscatine, Iowa in recent years, though without the prominence or massive community support of a century ago.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: In These Times

The move to more and more processed foods has largely been one to cut labor costs, not because anyone thought the food was better for the kids.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2012, Source: In These Times

The same industry structure that allegedly allows for widespread violations of labor law also contributes to a climate of unchecked sexual harassment and retaliation.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2012, Source: In These Times

Union leaders, Latino community organizations, and others are heading to foreign car companies' shareholder meetings to demand they denounce Alabama's anti-immigrant law.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2012, Source: In These Times

The struggle of Superior, AZ is like so many US towns where the primary industry and the promise of a stable life-long job have left town, likely never to return.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2012, Source: In These Times

National Nurses United and other labor and community groups will continue with plans to protest economic injustice and call for a financial transaction tax.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012, Source: In These Times

Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't the only one keeping immigration policy in the headlines--here's a look at the stories that made news as 2011 drew to a close.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2011, Source: In These Times

Warehouse workers at a subcontractor for the country's largest retailer were paid less than minimum wage in some cases for their labor.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While Oklahoma does not have a large immigrant population, the state has become an example of the illogical nature of anti-immigrant and anti-Islam laws.