14 November 2020
14 November 2020
Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020
The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.
Tropical Storm Eta causes widespread flooding in southeastern US as record-setting hurricane season continues
By J. L’Heureau, 14 November 2020
After devastating large swathes of Central America and Southern Mexico last week, the storm system named Eta, the 28th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, made two separate landfalls in Florida this week.
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By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020
Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.
Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020
At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.
By Andy Thompson, 14 November 2020
Police in riot gear outnumbered protesters by almost two to one.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020
Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.
“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”
By Jerry White, 13 November 2020
Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.
By Kevin Martinez, 13 November 2020
One of the women who spoke to federal investigators was told only hours later by ICE that the hold on her deportation had been removed and that her removal was “imminent.”
By Joanne Laurier, 13 November 2020
Belly of the Beast is a documentary on practices carried out at female penitentiaries in California.
By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020
Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.
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By Melody Isley, 13 November 2020
While San Diego has entered into California’s supposedly more restrictive ‘purple tier,’ officials are appealing the designation, business owners are pledging to defy orders and schools remain open.
By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020
Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 November 2020
Nurses in North Dakota infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic will be “allowed” to continue working rather than quarantine, regardless of the hazards posed for both patients and nurses.
By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2020
The main targets of the phony “vote fraud” complaints are Pennsylvania and Michigan, both won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden by sizable margins.
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By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020
James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.
Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020
The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.
13 November 2020
State attorney general reports:
Michigan conspirators planned to storm capitol, conduct livestream executions, lock legislators inside and burn building down
By Eric London, 13 November 2020
A Michigan attorney general filing states the plotters planned “to take hostages, execute tyrants and have it televised.”
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By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020
The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020
Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020
Unlike political leaders in Europe, who for their own reasons have criticized Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau and his ministers continue to avoid all comment on the plans of Trump and his Republicans to nullify the election’s outcome.
Maryland governor re-imposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record levels in the Washington, DC region
By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2020
Daily COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
By Sheila Brehm, 12 November 2020
Santa Staples, an operating room nurse at McLaren Hospital who died Saturday, was much loved and respected by co-workers.
By Will Lowery, 12 November 2020
In a state that has seen a 200 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks, the governor’s new regulations fall short of the most basic precautions established in much of the United States. Iowa is being used by the most craven elements of the ruling class as an experiment in herd immunity.
North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19
By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020
North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages
By Andrew Timon, 12 November 2020
As Massachusetts reports over 2,000 daily cases for the first time since the spring, Republican Governor Charlie Baker and state officials are continuing their pressure campaign to herd students and teachers back into classrooms.
As Biden popular vote lead hits five million
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020
Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.
By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020
Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.
By Kevin Reed, 12 November 2020
An alarming surge in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is underway in metropolitan Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan, threatening to overrun the capacity of the health care system.
By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020
To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.
By Tom Peters, 12 November 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that New Zealand had strengthened its alliance with the US during the Trump administration and promised this would continue under a Biden administration.
Citing Trump’s executive order keeping meatpacking plants open, Stampede Meat files suit against shutdown order by New Mexico government
By Cordell Gascoigne, 12 November 2020
The coronavirus is significantly more widespread in the plant than in the surrounding community, with 18 percent of the workforce at Stampede Meat infected compared to 4 percent in Doña Ana County.
By Zac Thorton, 12 November 2020
Under the proposed agreement, Kroger would place a cap on the amount of money it contributes to health care benefits, placing more of the burden on its employees.
By Benjamin Mateus, 12 November 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has refused to call for a national lockdown despite Dr. Osterholm’s declaration that this is the only way to bring the pandemic under control.
Orchestra, opera musicians face severe pay cuts, furloughs, uncertainty in the midst of the pandemic
By David Walsh, 12 November 2020
Management at various orchestras, operas and other cultural organizations are taking full advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to press forward with their demands as part of an offensive for pay and other cuts under way for more than a decade.
By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020
Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.
By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020
After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.
By Kevin Reed, 11 November 2020
Nineteen-year-old Dominick Black has been arrested and charged with intentionally providing a dangerous weapon to Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who shot and killed two protesters with the rifle during protests against police violence in Kenosha on August 25.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020
The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.
By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 11 November 2020
Hospitalizations again hit another high Tuesday at 2,055 across Missouri, and some St. Louis-area hospitals are postponing elective procedures to free up capacity.
By Josh Varlin, 11 November 2020
The NYPD harbors fascistic elements which have brutalized workers in New York City in the days before and after November 3.
By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020
Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.
Coronavirus spreading out of control at Sterling Stamping Plant: A case study of infections in the US auto industry
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 November 2020
There have been at least 26 infections in the plant since March, and infections are rising far faster in the plant than in the surrounding community.
By Nick Beams, 11 November 2020
The surge in the equity markets does not indicate any underlying strength in the economy but is more an expression of the highly speculative character of shifts by Wall Street investors.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020
Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.
By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020
The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.
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“We are concerned with class sizes and the health and safety of our students”
By Katy Kinner, 10 November 2020
Working under an expired contract for over a year, teachers and support staff voted to strike on November 18 unless a contract deal is reached.
By Kevin Reed, 10 November 2020
A Pennsylvania district court judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by three TikTok users seeking a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s plan to shut down the video sharing app if it is not sold to a US owner by November 12.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2020
The president is laying the groundwork not merely for scattered legal challenges to tallies in various states but to open repudiation of the entire election result.
By Mike Head, 10 November 2020
The statements of the government and opposition Labor Party signalled an unequivocal alignment with Washington’s escalating confrontation with China.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 November 2020
UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 November 2020
We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.
By Kayla Costa, 10 November 2020
Educators have responded with anger to Oregon’s new guidelines, which will allow one-quarter of the state’s students to resume in-person learning in the next month, amidst a massive spike in coronavirus cases.
By Eric London, 10 November 2020
A review of social conditions and historic voting patterns in southern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and central Indiana discredits the claim that Trump voters are merely white fascists and racists.
By Chase Lawrence, 10 November 2020
The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online education is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.
By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020
Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020
Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.
By Andy Thompson, 10 November 2020
Thousands of college football fans in South Bend, Indiana, stormed the field Saturday night following the home team Notre Dame’s victory in double overtime over Clemson, then the top-ranked program in the country.
Panel includes Ezekiel Emanuel, Obamacare advocate of health care rationing
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2020
The Biden-Harris administration’s approach to the pandemic will be based on the drive to reopen schools and businesses, continuing the subordination of the pandemic response to corporate profit interests.
By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020
This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.
While Trump continues to deny election defeat
By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2020
In the wake of the election, the Democratic leadership is aiming its fire not against Trump and his fascistic allies but against the “left” in their own party.
By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020
The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.
By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 9 November 2020
In war-torn Yemen the coronavirus pandemic is exhibiting its murderous potential. Doctors report a death rate of 20 to 30 percent among those infected.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020
The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 November 2020
The list of infected workplaces, which state officials have concealed from the public, includes those owned by Amazon, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tyson Foods, UPS and other giant corporations.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 November 2020
The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising dramatically across the nation, with 43 states seeing a rise in cases.
By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020
The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.
By Eric London, 8 November 2020
There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.
Armed Trump supporters arrested at Philadelphia counting site as Republicans echo Trump’s claims of vote fraud
By Jacob Crosse, 7 November 2020
While remaining behind in several key states, Trump continues to claim fraud while seeking to incite his fascistic supporters.
SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases
By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020
The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.
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“We have the power to save ourselves and our students”
By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2020
The WSWS spoke with a teacher and mother of two who works in Reading, Pennsylvania, about the political situation and her thoughts on the reopening of schools in the Democrat-led state.
By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2020
More than seven months since the start of the pandemic only about one half the 22 million jobs lost earlier in the year have been recovered as the upsurge of new COVID-19 cases is likely to hammer service and retail jobs.
By Barry Grey, 7 November 2020
The inability and refusal of Biden and the Democrats to advance a program for the working class has strengthened the position of the Republican Party in the US Congress and in statehouses across the US.
By John Conrad, 7 November 2020
The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.
By Kevin Reed, 7 November 2020
The Justice Department made vague assertions of “covert influence” and “pro-Iranian propaganda,” but presented no evidence of its allegations.
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By Nancy Hanover, 7 November 2020
As states and districts controlled by both Democrats and Republicans demand schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, tens of thousands of education workers have attempted to secure workplace accommodations or all-remote work, citing protections ostensibly guaranteed by the law.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020
There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.
By Kylie Rose, 6 November 2020
Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school’s reopening plans.
By Jerry White, 6 November 2020
The pandemic and the economic and social crisis in America are worsening even as Wall Street celebrates its best week since April.
By Zac Corrigan, 6 November 2020
As the disease spreads rapidly through schools in every part of the state, Democrats plow ahead with the deadly return to in-person learning.
By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to win an Electoral College majority Friday, while Trump is making clear that he will refuse to concede.
By Kevin Reed, 6 November 2020
The major social media platforms took their political censorship operations into high gear on election day, including Facebook placing a fact checking label on every single post by anyone on their platform who is commenting or sharing content about the election in any way.
By Jacob Crosse, 6 November 2020
The National Guard was deployed in Portland, Oregon, while Trump-aligned “poll watchers” harassed election officials in Phoenix and Detroit
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2020
The revelations demonstrate that the US state has been seeking to manufacture a criminal prosecution of Assange for years, in response to his exposure of its war crimes and corruption.
UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million
By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020
The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.
“They are messing with a sleeping giant”
By Emma Arceneaux, 6 November 2020
The WSWS spoke to a middle school teacher who participated in last month’s protest by 165 Montgomery, Alabama, teachers against unsafe working conditions.
By Eric London, 6 November 2020
An examination of the voting results does not support the racial narrative that dominates the politics of the Democratic Party and its political appendages.
By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020
Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.
By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020
The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.
“Zero was never a realistic expectation”
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020
The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.