Labor & employment

Stories about labor & employment

 Original photo in Crain's Chicago Business by John R. Boehm

Original photo in Crain's Chicago Business by John R. Boehm

Lost wages

Crain's Chicago Business

An investigation of the extent and consequences of wage theft in metro Chicago. (PDF)

 Original illustration in Crain's Chicago Business by Jude Buffam.

Original illustration in Crain's Chicago Business by Jude Buffam.

What's a limb worth?

Crain's Chicago Business

Workers compensation shows how Illinois and Indiana value workers differently—literally. (PDF)

 Original photo in the Chicago Reader by Eric Futran

Original photo in the Chicago Reader by Eric Futran

Legalize it

Chicago reader

Chicago tickets the city's vendors of corn and fresh fruit, eating away at already meager profits. (PDF)

 
  Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business

Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business

He’s fighting for the organized—and the unorganized

Crain’s Chicago Business

“There are positions in slaughterhouses—eviscerator, the gut-snatcher. That's a job title.” (PDF)

  Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business by Getty Images

Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business by Getty Images

Right-to-work’s real effect on union jobs

Crain’s Chicago Business

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that Illinois’ neighbors are adding jobs because they passed anti-union laws is “a little disingenuous.” (PDF)

  Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business by John R. Boehm

Original photo in Crain’s Chicago Business by John R. Boehm

Fixing the skills gap isn’t as hard as you think

Crain’s CHicago Business

Manufacturers say they can’t find enough workers. But wages have grown little in the industry. (PDF)