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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 May 2020
By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2020
Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.
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.
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 May 2020
At every turn the ruling class has thwarted any real effort to stem and curtail the pandemic.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
By Stephen Fuller, 4 May 2020
As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Kevin Reed, 4 May 2020
Speakers from 11 countries advanced a socialist program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 May 2020
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.
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.
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.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 May 2020
The Florida Department of Health is blocking medical examiners from reporting the accurate number of COVID-19 deaths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Shuvu Batta, 30 April 2020
The action is an effort to block the election of a sizeable delegation pledged to Bernie Sanders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
29 April 2020
29 April 2020
“We don’t want to be the guinea pigs”
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
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.
By Debra Watson, 28 April 2020
Two hundred residents along with three nursing home workers had died in the city’s 26 nursing homes.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 April 2020
Those with pneumoconiosis face almost certain death if COVID-19 continues to spread through the Appalachian mining region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
By Josh Varlin, 27 April 2020
The strike is opposed by the UAW, which is currently negotiating a contract for graduate workers at Columbia.
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.
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”
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.
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
By Aaron Murch, 27 April 2020
The boy survived the shooting but remains in a local hospital in critical condition.