Andrea Hsu Andrea Hsu is NPR's labor and workplace correspondent.
Andrea Hsu, photographed for NPR, 11 March 2020, in Washington DC.
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A look at the tentative deal between freight railroads and rail workers' unions

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President Biden touts tentative labor deal to avert rail strike

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The impact of a potential major railroad shutdown

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Dockworkers Rebecca Schlarb, Yvette Bjazevic and Jimmy Monti. Philip Cheung for NPR hide caption

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Before the holiday season, workers at America's busiest ports are fighting the robots

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James "Spinner" Spinosa followed his uncles to the Los Angeles waterfront in 1969. He served in various leadership positions in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, including as international president. Philip Cheung for NPR hide caption

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California dockworkers are worried about losing their good-paying jobs to robots

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More than 2 years into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to roil the labor market

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Organizer Chris Smalls speaks after his Amazon Labor Union won a vote to form the company's first unionized U.S. warehouse in Staten Island, N.Y., in April. Andrea Renault/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Quiet quitting, real quitting, unionizing — what else are American workers up to?

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Georgia Linders got sick with COVID in the spring of 2020 and never recovered. Her ongoing battle with long COVID has prevented her from working. She spends her days advocating for COVID longhaulers like herself and painting, one of the few activities that doesn't wear her out. Georgia Linders hide caption

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Millions of Americans have long COVID. Many of them are no longer working

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The struggles COVID long-haulers face at the workplace

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As economy cools, scattered layoffs put an end to dream jobs for some workers

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Scott Lucey, owner of Likewise Coffee whose staff unionized in 2020, sits for a portrait on June 9, 2022 in Milwaukee. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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One unionized. The other did not. How 2 Milwaukee cafés were changed by union drives

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Barista Steph Achter, who led the union campaign at the Milwaukee café now known as Likewise, has worked in different coffee shops for 17 years and wants others to be able to make a career of it as well. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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The barista uprising: Coffee shop workers ignite a union renewal

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