United States

New outbreaks of COVID-19 reported at workplaces across the US

By Zachary Thorton, 8 May 2020

As states continue to push to reopen their economies and force workers back on the job, new hot-spots are emerging in factories and stores from Iowa to Massachusetts.

Deemed essential, US farmworkers face wage reductions, zero protections from COVID-19

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 8 May 2020

Farmworkers lack access to basic medical care and suffer from significantly higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and health conditions such as heart disease and environmental cancers due to long exposure to pesticides.

Illinois nursing home workers’ strike blocked by SEIU

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 May 2020

The union pushed through a concessions contract that gives the corporate management of the nursing home facilities everything they wanted and leaves nursing home workers in poverty and working under life-threatening conditions.

US state and municipal governments plan massive austerity to meet COVID-19 budget shortfalls

By Isaac Finn, 8 May 2020

State and municipal governments are announcing cuts to medical programs and education and are furloughing workers to make up for the budget shortfall.

Coronavirus pandemic ravages rural areas in US and internationally

By Bryan Dyne, 7 May 2020

There is growing evidence that at least one mutation of the virus, more infectious and possibly more deadly than the current strain, has begun to spread.

Whistleblower complaint details Trump administration’s corruption and obstruction of anti-pandemic efforts

By Barry Grey, 7 May 2020

Dr. Rick Bright, who headed the office overseeing the development of a coronavirus vaccine, was removed from his post after he leaked information concerning his opposition to Trump’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine.

Blaming China, Trump says COVID-19 “attack” worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2020

The war rhetoric is being intensified because the Trump administration knows that its return-to-work policy is going to result in tens of thousands more deaths in the US.

Over 40 percent of mothers with children ages 12 and under are now food insecure in the US

By Kevin Reed, 7 May 2020

The Hamilton Project, a Washington, DC policy think-tank, has published survey results that show dramatic increases in hunger in households across the US.

Immigrant families living in Tennessee mobile home park denied aid, threatened with deportation by property managers

By Warren Duzak, 7 May 2020

Immigrants in Tennessee mobile homes denied aid, threatened with deportation.

Video shows February murder of Georgia jogger by former police officer and his son

By Aaron Murch, 7 May 2020

Prosecutor Tom Durden issued a statement this week calling for a grand jury to be commissioned to consider bringing criminal charges against the killers.

Trump’s “Bay of Pigs” in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020

The abortive mercenary invasion is part of a campaign of aggression that involves “maximum pressure” sanctions and the deployment of US warships off Venezuela’s shores.

A video sermon from war criminal George W. Bush on compassion, empathy and kindness

By Jacob Crosse, 7 May 2020

Bush’s call for national unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic received a hostile reaction from thousands of social media users.

US nursing home catastrophe: Increasing numbers of the elderly fall victim to COVID-19

By Kate Randall, 6 May 2020

The wiping out of large numbers of the elderly population is seen by the ruling elite as a convenient and positive byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic.

US ramps up COVID-19 propaganda war against China

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2020

The crude attempt to blame China is aimed at diverting attention from the Trump administration’s criminal negligence in failing to respond to the dangers of COVID-19.

At “reopen the economy” event, Trump confirms plans to shut down coronavirus task force

By Barry Grey, 6 May 2020

Trump made a point of calling the American people “warriors,” implying that they had to be prepared to die. And to die, moreover, for Wall Street.

UAW gives its blessing to reopen auto plants as pandemic rages on

By Jerry White, 6 May 2020

UAW President Rory Gamble said the company had the unreserved right to decide when and how the plants open.

Trump administration sends federal strike force to keep meatpacking plants open

By Anthony Bertolt, 6 May 2020

Texas health officials confirmed that they were investigating over 159 cases tied to a JBS meatpacking plant in the state’s northern panhandle.

Pandemic exposes inherent flaws in capitalist food production

By Alex Findijs, 6 May 2020

The inefficiencies of capitalist food production have generated mass amounts of waste and put thousands of workers at risk of dying from COVID-19.

US teachers union provides political cover to Trump’s demand for the reopening of schools

By Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2020

The AFT’s “Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities,” released on April 29, is entirely in line with the demands of Wall Street.

Lawsuit against US Department of Education claims wages being garnished to pay off student loan debt

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 May 2020

The lawsuit alleges 285,000 students had their wages garnished in the second half of March, despite being banned by the CARES Act during that period.

Classical musicians discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Fred Mazelis, 6 May 2020

There is increasing uncertainty about when live concert performances will resume, a demonstration of how culture is threatened by the criminal policy of malign neglect.

999 Deployment of thermal imaging cameras at workplaces to justify US reopening

6 May 2020

Layoffs and corporate bankruptcies spread as US workers face mounting hardship

By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2020

Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.

Under US pressure, Mexican government vows to impose return to work and “herd immunity” policy

By Andrea Lobo, 5 May 2020

Hundreds of non-essential maquiladora plants across Mexico have remained open during the pandemic and those that were closed after a wave of wildcat strikes are reopening with the sanctioning of the López Obrador government.

With lifting of restrictions, world must brace for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 May 2020

At every turn the ruling class has thwarted any real effort to stem and curtail the pandemic.

US Senate reconvenes to push return to work and social cuts

By Barry Grey, 5 May 2020

The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are demanding that a new pandemic relief bill provide businesses with legal immunity for causing disease or death to employees by failing to provide a safe work environment.

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the Navajo Nation

Gallup, New Mexico locked down to control spread of coronavirus

By Evan Cohen, 5 May 2020

The crisis in Gallup is a preview of the situation that small towns across America will face as states continue to ease social distancing restrictions and open their economies.

The American oligarchy decides for death

By Niles Niemuth, 5 May 2020

The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.

Trump White House steps up return to work drive

By Bryan Dyne, 4 May 2020

The recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths heralds even greater suffering by the population as states continue to reopen.

US Amazon worker describes callous attitude toward safety as management reports $75 billion in 2020 revenue

By Nick Barrickman, 4 May 2020

Amazon did little to protect its workforce during the first several weeks in March, when the COVID-19 disease was declared a pandemic.

“They are sucking the lifeblood out of us”

Millions of Americans cannot pay their rent

By Kayla Costa, 4 May 2020

On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.

Furloughed workers face hunger in New Jersey, America’s second-wealthiest state

By Erik Schreiber, 4 May 2020

The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.

Inmates at Michigan prisons exposed to COVID-19 in unsanitary conditions

By Stephen Fuller, 4 May 2020

As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.

Tennessee health commissioner blocks release of data on likely COVID-19 deaths

By Warren Duzak, 4 May 2020

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey has refused to release figures on “probable” deaths where symptoms were present but no test was done.

US Steel lays off 2,700 workers, threatens to cut one-third of its production workforce

By Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2020

The Pittsburgh-based steel company sent out notices of potential layoffs to 6,500 in a devastating blow to workers, their families and communities.

US trains Sri Lankan naval elite forces during COVID-19 lockdown

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 4 May 2020

US combat training of Sri Lankan navy personnel forces is part of Washington’s military preparations throughout the Indo-Pacific against China.

Scapegoating China for US administration’s failures

Trump and Pompeo’s “big lie”

By Andre Damon, 4 May 2020

Knowing that its policy will lead to a rapid growth in fatalities, the White House is preparing a narrative to argue that whatever happens, it is China’s fault.

Global audience for WSWS International Online 2020 May Day Rally

By Kevin Reed, 4 May 2020

Speakers from 11 countries advanced a socialist program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

The killing of four students by National Guard soldiers touched off an unprecedented national wave of antiwar protests involving millions of youth.

Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020

US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

Trump tweets support for armed right-wing protesters in Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 2 May 2020

The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Massive opposition by US meatpacking employees to forced return to work

By Anthony Bertolt and Christopher Davion, 2 May 2020

The Trump administration and local officials are trying to enforce a return to work in meatpacking plants while shielding owners from any liability for the deadly consequences.

“They are willing to kill us for their profits”

US autoworkers oppose early return to factories

By Shannon Jones, 2 May 2020

Detroit auto companies are pushing for a May 18 restart but workers are resisting this attempt to force them into the factories during the uncontained COVID-19 pandemic.

As southwestern states begin to reopen

Navajo Nation COVID-19 cases rise while emergency federal aid remains delayed

By Evan Cohen, 2 May 2020

Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.

Trump blocks federal funeral aid to families of COVID-19 victims

By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020

While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.

Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings

US government prepares for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020

Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.

May 1 “general strike” at Amazon: A failed adventure by the Democratic Party and the unions

By the International Amazon Workers Voice, 2 May 2020

This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.

Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats’ nervousness about his candidacy grows

By David Walsh, 2 May 2020

The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.

Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2020

Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the “Future to Believe In” political action committee.

Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures: An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

By Clare Hurley, 2 May 2020

Lange’s turn to documentary photography was spurred by the Great Depression as she sought to address economic inequality and social injustice through activism and the lens of her camera.

Thirty years of the Hubble Space Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 2 May 2020

While it has been a public relations boon for NASA, Hubble’s true importance lies in its continued and vast contributions to astronomy.

999 Crisis in US over rent payment and rent strike

2 May 2020

At least 31 US states easing restrictions despite rising pandemic death toll

By Kate Randall, 1 May 2020

Trump is promoting a reckless and criminal policy of reopening the economy, placing the health and lives of countless millions of Americans in danger.

Dozens of decaying corpses found piled in unrefrigerated trucks at New York City funeral home

By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2020

More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city’s ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.

Detroit mayor pushes back-to-work agenda as COVID-19 cases rise across Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 1 May 2020

The number of confirmed cases and deaths across the state of Michigan continues rising as Democratic Governor Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan push for a rapid reopening of Detroit.

Florida governor reopening state while suppressing reporting of COVID-19 deaths

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 May 2020

The Florida Department of Health is blocking medical examiners from reporting the accurate number of COVID-19 deaths.

Millions spent by Trump to “salute” health care workers with military flyovers

By Trévon Austin, 1 May 2020

Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America’s hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.

US citizens married to undocumented immigrants denied stimulus checks

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 May 2020

A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.

US appeals court rules literacy is “a fundamental right” in Detroit case

By J. Cooper, 1 May 2020

The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is being hailed as a major victory. The working class deserves far more.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for letting COVID-19 run rampant

By Andre Damon, 1 May 2020

Friedman has published an op-ed endorsing a policy of allowing large portions of the US population to be infected with COVID-19.

Stock markets surge as Fed pledges to continue corporate handouts

By Nick Beams, 30 April 2020

Despite figures showing the deepest economic contraction since the 2008 financial crisis, the Dow closed up by over 500 points.

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2020

Coming one day after the endorsement of Biden by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the event signaled the alignment of all factions of the Democratic Party behind the most right-wing of the major contestants in this year's Democratic primaries.

Food banks face supply and volunteer shortages as mass hunger rises in the US

By Alex Johnson, 30 April 2020

The staggering rise in joblessness and wage reductions have driven underfunded charitable food services to the brink due to an explosion in need.

“Back to work” campaign extends to 21 US states as working-class opposition grows

By Kevin Reed, 30 April 2020

Democratic and Republican governors across the country are moving forward with back-to-work initiatives regardless of the deadly dangers to workers.

Despite over 100 transit worker deaths, New York Governor Cuomo and MTA push for unsafe return to work

By Sam Dalton, 30 April 2020

As Cuomo begins his push for a return to work and deflects blame to the city’s homeless population, the governor’s office and the MTA renew criminal efforts to convince workers they will return to safe working conditions.

Majority of US veterans back full withdrawal from Afghanistan, other overseas conflicts

By Warren Duzak, 30 April 2020

A new poll reveals that more than half of US military veterans believe that the US government should be less engaged in foreign wars.

New York state cancels Democratic presidential primary

By Shuvu Batta, 30 April 2020

The action is an effort to block the election of a sizeable delegation pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland announce plans for reopening region

By Dmitri Church, 30 April 2020

Political leaders announced their plans to end stay-at-home orders and business closures despite warnings from health experts that the pandemic has not peaked yet.

“Progressive” Tennessee Democratic mayor uses COVID-19 crisis to push budget cuts

By Patrick Smith, 30 April 2020

In early April, Lee Harris, Democratic mayor of Shelby County, released a budget resolution that would slash essential services.

Millions of US workers blocked from applying for jobless benefits

By Kevin Reed, 29 April 2020

An Economic Policy Institute survey shows that the real number of unemployed workers in the US is far higher than the official 26.5 million who have filed unemployment claims.

Global arms spending tops $1.9 trillion as fight against COVID-19 is starved of resources

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2020

The continued spending of trillions on arms and war amid the present pandemic represents a crime against humanity.

Round two of the “Paycheck Protection Program”: Another disaster for US small businesses and their employees

By Barry Grey, 29 April 2020

The abortive start of the second round of the “small business” program demonstrated that the vast majority of small businesses and their employees will receive little or nothing in relief from the economic collapse.

As millions face destitution gravy train continues for US auto execs

By Shannon Jones, 29 April 2020

General Motors CEO Mary Barra was among the top 20 highest paid executives in 2019 with Ford and Fiat Chrysler execs not far behind.

Trump orders meatpacking plants to remain open, as coronavirus sickens thousands of workers

By Christopher Davion and Marcus Day, 29 April 2020

Trump’s executive order is aimed squarely at shielding the profits of Tyson Foods and other corporate firms, not at defending the food supply chain or the safety of workers.

“This pandemic is showing that something is wrong in our society”

10,000 nursing home workers vote to strike in Illinois in the face of life-threatening working conditions

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage nursing home residents and staff, accounting for 35 percent of COVID-19 cases in Illinois.

Trump orders meatpacking workers back on the job as opposition mounts to back-to-work campaign

By Niles Niemuth, 29 April 2020

US President Donald Trump’s executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to force employees at meatpacking plants back to work marks a new stage in his administration’s confrontation with the working class.

As states plan billions in budget cuts to schools

Pseudo-lefts ask: “What is the least we can accept?”

By Alexander Fangmann and Nancy Hanover, 29 April 2020

As the ruling class prepares to use the ongoing pandemic as an excuse to carry out long-planned attacks on public education, pseudo-lefts promote Biden.

COVID-19’s devastating impact on artists

By Clare Hurley, 29 April 2020

Ninety-five percent of arts workers in the US have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with 62 percent now unemployed, according to a recently published survey by Americans for the Arts.

999 Sanders hypocrisy on bailout

29 April 2020

999 Antibody testing of transit workers

29 April 2020

“We don’t want to be the guinea pigs”

Strikes, job actions escalate as corporations rush to reopen amidst coronavirus pandemic

By Jerry White, 28 April 2020

Garment workers in Selma, Alabama, nursing home workers in Illinois and Philadelphia, and Amazon workers in Minnesota are among the latest sections of workers demanding protection from the spread of the virus.

Amid simmering crisis over sexual assault charges

Nancy Pelosi endorses Biden

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2020

The unity at the top has not resolved the Democratic Party’s deep crisis.

Nebraska businesses to reopen even as COVID-19 infections at meatpacking plants rise at five times the national average

By Colleen Daly, 28 April 2020

Cases of COVID-19 and resulting deaths have spiked in meatpacking plants as Governor Pete Ricketts has refused to issues a state-wide shelter-in-place order, ignoring the advice of the medical community.

Detroit nursing home residents and care workers infected and dying from COVID-19

By Debra Watson, 28 April 2020

Two hundred residents along with three nursing home workers had died in the city’s 26 nursing homes.

Miners with black lung face COVID-19 danger as US mines continue operations

By Samuel Davidson, 28 April 2020

Those with pneumoconiosis face almost certain death if COVID-19 continues to spread through the Appalachian mining region.

California ICE detainee speaks to the WSWS as coronavirus spreads

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 28 April 2020

The WSWS spoke to Jorge, a father of two, about the deadly dangers facing detainees in the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Six-year statute of limitations elapses with no criminal indictments by Flint Water Prosecution Team

By James Brewer, 28 April 2020

The six-year statute of limitations has passed for filing criminal charges against officials responsible for the Flint water disaster that poisoned a city of 100,000.

The Great Wall Street Heist of 2020

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020

2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.

270 Norissa speaking to UC strikers

28 April 2020

US billionaires increase wealth by $280 billion since March, as millions are unable to get unemployment benefits

By Gabriel Black, 27 April 2020

The wealth of the ultra-rich has surged since the March stock market slump, as the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic further concentrates the wealth of society.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surpass one million

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2020

Whatever the claims of the various governors, there is no medical or scientific basis for lifting social distancing and isolation measures.

As mass layoffs intensify, tens of millions in US stand to lose health insurance

By Alex Johnson, 27 April 2020

An Economic Policy Institute blog reveals that some 9.2 million Americans lost their health insurance coverage over the previous four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

US nursing homes: A goldmine for real estate and private equity firms

By Isaac Finn, 27 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized large sections of the nursing home industry, which have become controlled by corporate operators at the expense of residents’ quality of care.

“Would any worker want to put his or her child back in the plant?”

GM contract worker victimized over COVID warning speaks about his case

By Sheila Brehm, 27 April 2020

Travis Watkins, a contract worker and local United Auto Workers bargaining chairman was fired March 18 after he made a Facebook post alerting workers to possible infections at his plant in western Michigan.

Columbia University graduate workers strike against university’s COVID-19 response

By Josh Varlin, 27 April 2020

The strike is opposed by the UAW, which is currently negotiating a contract for graduate workers at Columbia.

More than two-thirds of US Amazon facilities may have had coronavirus cases

By Erik Schreiber, 27 April 2020

As Amazon’s stock price reaches a record high, the company’s belated provision of inadequate protective measures is putting workers’ lives at risk.

Las Vegas mayor offers up 2.3 million residents as “control group” by reopening during the pandemic

By Jacob Crosse, 27 April 2020

Mayor Carolyn Goodman proposed “leaving it up” to the casino and hotel executives to determine what are necessary public safety measures.

“Veritable volcanoes for the spread of the virus”

ACLU study predicts an additional 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in US prisons

By Alex Findijs, 27 April 2020

America’s 2.3 million inmates and 420,000 guards and staff are at high risk of infection, threatening tens of thousands of lives.

Detroit bus drivers and riders exposed to COVID-19

By Stephen Fuller, 27 April 2020

One-quarter of the residents of the Motor City cannot afford a car and many are forced to ride public buses, which have become a conduit for the spread of deadly disease.

Notes on police violence in America

Off-duty Louisiana police officer shoots 14-year-old in the head

By Aaron Murch, 27 April 2020

The boy survived the shooting but remains in a local hospital in critical condition.