By Clare Hurley, 6 March 2021
Almost overnight, Amazon has built up a massive delivery network which now accounts for two-thirds of its own packages.
By Alex Findijs, 5 March 2021
In just one month of in-person classes into the new semester, some SUNY schools have seen more than three percent of their campus populations infected.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 March 2021
Under conditions in which the New York B.1.526 variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the city, the drive to reopen all schools will only lead to further infections and deaths.
By Josh Varlin, 3 March 2021
As with the #MeToo campaign, there is nothing progressive in the possible take-down of right-wing Democrat Cuomo on the basis of a sex scandal.
By Robert Milkowski, 28 February 2021
The new chancellor, Meisha Porter, stated during her first news conference Friday that the city is “ready to go” on reopening high schools.
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26 February 2021
By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021
The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.
By Alex Findijs, 25 February 2021
Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.
24 February 2021
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By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021
Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.
By Tom Carter, 18 February 2021
Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday demanding a ruling that it is not required to comply with New York safety laws and regulations, while New York authorities filed a complaint against Amazon on Tuesday that paints a devastating picture of the callous disregard for workers’ lives by the $1.6 trillion global conglomerate throughout the pandemic.
By Josh Varlin, 16 February 2021
The revelation that data on nursing home deaths was withheld from state legislators for months underscores the bipartisan nature of the ruling class response to the pandemic, which prioritizes profit over lives.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2021
Times staff are divided over the forced resignation of the well-regarded science and health correspondent.
By Elliott Murtagh, 10 February 2021
The tuition strike at Columbia must be broadened and linked up with the struggles facing all sections of the working class.
By Sandy English, 10 February 2021
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that middle schools (grades 6–8) will open on February 25.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021
We urge Chicago teachers to build rank-and-file committees as the center of opposition to whatever miserable deal the CTU attempts to sell to reopen schools.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2021
Retired banker Raymond McGuire is being boosted by Wall Street as a “business-friendly” mayor in the mold of Michael Bloomberg.
How Jacobin and the Democratic Socialists of America aided the Teamsters’ betrayal of the Hunts Point market strike
By Clara Weiss, 30 January 2021
As millions of workers have been radicalized by the pandemic, the DSA assumes the critical role of providing the efforts of the Democrats and the trade unions to suppress the class struggle—if necessary by brute force—with a “left” cover.
29 January 2021
By Tom Hall, 26 January 2021
The Hunts Point point strike collided against two principal obstacles: the trade unions and the Democratic Party.
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By Daniel de Vries, 23 January 2021
Fearing the strike was becoming a catalyst for a broader movement of the working class against social inequality and the criminal response to the pandemic, the unions and the Democrats rushed to shut down the struggle.
Vote “no” on the sellout agreement at Hunts Point! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021
The Socialist Equality Party urges workers at Hunts Point Produce market in the Bronx to reject any deal between the Teamsters and the employers to shut down the strike.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 January 2021
The union indicated Thursday it intends to cut a sell-out deal with the produce market companies.
By Ali Elhassan, 22 January 2021
Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021
Our brothers and sisters at Hunts Point have taken a courageous stand for the rights of workers everywhere, and we call on them to form their own rank-and-file committee independent of the Teamsters to carry forward their struggle.
By Sandy English, 31 December 2020
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that schools were safe and would reopen on January 4, as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the city and the state plans massive cuts to education funding.
ICUs begin filling up in New York City as Cuomo, de Blasio dither on effective pandemic restrictions
By Josh Varlin, 24 December 2020
Some hospitals are over capacity in their ICUs, presaging a significant increase in deaths in the coming days and weeks.
By Clara Weiss, 18 December 2020
The Post piece prompted a big backlash on social media, and the paramedic’s remarkable rebuttal quickly went viral.
New York City Educators Rank-and File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
Urgent action is required to close all schools and nonessential workplaces to stop the spread of the pandemic and save lives.
16 December 2020
By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2020
By December 2021, 33 of 151 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions will be eliminated, as well as eight visiting faculty positions.
By Josh Varlin, 14 December 2020
Even as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths climb to levels not seen in months, state and local governments headed by Democrats have reopened schools and kept most businesses open.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2020
Two of the best known musical organizations in the US and worldwide have stepped up their efforts to make the musicians and staff pay for the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
12 December 2020
11 December 2020
Sellout union deal in New York City creates only 4 positions to accommodate pregnant transit workers
By Daniel de Vries, 8 December 2020
The deal comes in response to mass outrage after a train conductor lost her newborn daughter after going into labor at an East New York rail yard over the summer.
By Evan Blake, 8 December 2020
The driving force behind the homicidal campaign to open schools and nonessential workplaces is not science or public health, but rather the profit interests of the capitalist class.
“There is a war against the people, and we have to unite under a common cause.”
By Sandy English, 7 December 2020
The working class in New York City has rejected the plans of the Democratic Party to reopen schools in the largest district in the United States amid rising positivity rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2020
The DSA’s extraordinary tribute to Dinkins shows exactly why this organization is the bitterest opponent of socialism.
The New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Everything now depends upon the building of rank-and-file safety committees in every school and neighborhood across the city, completely independent of the UFT and the Democrats who are conspiring to reopen schools.
Nurses union in New York state ends strikes as COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 100,000 for first time
By Jerry White, 3 December 2020
The nurses who went on strike at two New York state hospitals Tuesday gave voice to the anger of millions of health care workers across the US and internationally who are battling the pandemic with inadequate staffing and protections.
By Sandy English, 1 December 2020
Educators throughout New York City have reacted with outrage at the plans of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the UFT to reopen schools on December 7.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 November 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.
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By John Burton, 28 November 2020
The Supreme Court struck down New York’s measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.
By Erik Schreiber, 27 November 2020
Faced with increased costs, care facilities are cutting staff, jeopardizing the lives of elderly residents.
By Alberto Escalera, 25 November 2020
Less than a week after New York City’s Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to close schools due to the spreading pandemic, the United Federation of Teachers is calling for them to be reopened.
By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020
Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.
By Alberto Escalera, 21 November 2020
The withholding of resources necessary for remote learning is a calculated policy meant to pressure working class parents to acquiesce to the growing calls for a return to in-person classes.
Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open
By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020
Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.
By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 21 November 2020
The nation’s largest transit agency released its 2021 budget, proposing more than 9,000 layoffs and service cuts that would leave the transit network unrecognizable.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020
In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.
New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020
Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.
By Josh Varlin, 18 November 2020
Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.
By Alberto Escalera, 18 November 2020
Schools will remain open in New York City Wednesday despite the positivity rate reaching 3.2 percent Tuesday, with the latest data showing a 2.74 percent seven-day rolling average infection rate in the city.
By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020
With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.
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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 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.
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 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
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 Alberto Escalera, 28 October 2020
This week, the New York City Department of Education announced that only 26 percent of its 1.1 million students are attending classes in school buildings, underscoring the massive opposition of parents and students to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school reopening plan.
By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020
Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause
By Alex Findijs, 19 October 2020
The New York Watchmen are a newly formed right-wing militia with close ties to Michael Caputo, the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Trump Administration.
By John Conrad, 16 October 2020
The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.
By Josh Varlin, 12 October 2020
Even as the need for mental health services reaches new heights, psychiatric units remain closed and are unlikely to fully reopen.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.
By Alex Findijs, 9 October 2020
After recording 101 positive cases of coronavirus in less than two weeks, SUNY Cortland became the third SUNY school to temporarily switch to online instruction for two weeks.
By Alex Findijs, 8 October 2020
With a $62 billion budget gap, some SUNY students have been charged full tuition and are unsure when their scholarship credits will be applied.
By Alberto Escalera, 8 October 2020
With anger increasing over the unsafe opening of the nation’s largest school system, Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to close a limited number of schools in communities that have become COVID-19 hotspots.
By Renae Cassimeda, 5 October 2020
With at least 39,000 COVID-19 infections and 30 deaths of K-12 educators since schools began reopening in the US in late July, the full resumption of in-person learning in large cities across the country will vastly accelerate the spread of the pandemic.
Safety committee denounces reopening of New York City schools
Stop the spread of COVID-19! Build rank-and-file safety committees to save lives! Prepare a nationwide strike to close unsafe schools!
the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020
Hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students in New York City are being sent back to classrooms for in-person instruction today as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the school system and the city.
By Alberto Escalera, 29 September 2020
The reopening of the nation’s largest school district threatens to produce a catastrophe in a city where nearly 25,000 have already succumbed to the deadly virus.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 September 2020
Management is demanding major concessions from its musicians, who have been furloughed without pay since March.
By A. Woodson and Steve Light, 21 September 2020
School bus drivers will begin transporting thousands of special education children today, as the nation’s largest school district prepares to restart in-person instruction by September 29.
By Shuvu Batta, 19 September 2020
Battered by crippling debt and collapsing demand for taxis, drivers staged a protest Thursday calling for relief from their enormous debt burden.
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
Bill de Blasio, the “progressive” mayor of New York City, announced a new date for a ‘’phased reopening” of the city’s public schools.
By Shuvu Batta, 18 September 2020
Battered by crippling debt and collapsing demand for taxis, drivers staged a protest Thursday calling for relief from their enormous debt burden
By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020
The corporate elite is demanding an intensified back-to-work drive, and is fearful that the “progressive” mayor may not be able to keep the lid on growing social discontent.
“It’s immoral and irresponsible to bring students to campus and to conduct in-person classes”
By IYSSE at New York University, 16 September 2020
The reopening of NYU, the largest private university in the US, is utterly reckless and places the lives of students, workers and residents in the area in immense danger.
By Alberto Escalera, 15 September 2020
Public school educators in New York City have conducted protests and written petitions in the last several days to oppose the reckless reopening of schools by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020
In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.
By Jason Melanovski, 9 September 2020
Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary refused to accept any responsibility for the killing of Prude, instead criticizing protesters for demeaning his character.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020
Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.
By Jerry White, 2 September 2020
The deal that delays the opening by a week is aimed at countering the growing demands by teachers in the city and around the country for a nationwide work stoppage.
New York City transit workers and the COVID-19 pandemic: A timeline of criminal inaction and union betrayal
By Daniel de Vries and Sam Dalton, 2 September 2020
As transit workers face the dual threat of a second wave of coronavirus and budget disaster, the lessons must be drawn from the death of 146 colleagues.
By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2020
Responding to the outpouring of public opposition triggered by the WSWS’s exposure of plans for separate housing for black students, the Washington Square News published a defense of the initiative Monday.
New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening
By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.
By Alan Whyte, 31 August 2020
The MTA is considering reducing New York City bus and subway service by 40 percent as well as cutting commuter railroads service by 50 percent.
By Alberto Escalera, 27 August 2020
Mayor de Blasio, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.
By Ali Elhassan, 26 August 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is preparing to place the burden of the pandemic-triggered budgetary crisis on workers, including frontline health care workers.
By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2020
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and his predecessor James O’Neill, along with other top NYPD officials and 11 percent of active cops, have substantiated abuse complaints against them.
By Karsten Schneider, 24 August 2020
Calls for race-based student housing stem not from a desire to improve the lives of all students and youth, but to advance the interests of a small layer of the population.
By James Mullan, 22 August 2020
The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.
By Renae Cassimeda, 18 August 2020
Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020
Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.