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“They see us as disposable”: New York Amazon delivery driver speaks out

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.

State University of New York system surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 cases one month into semester

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 call for action to stop in-person schooling and save lives

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.

New York Times stokes sex scandal targeting New York Governor Cuomo

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.

New York City Schools chancellor resigns as middle schools resume in-person learning

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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27 February 2021

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26 February 2021

Calls mount for investigation of Governor Cuomo in New York nursing homes scandal

By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021

The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.

COVID-19 cases in New York colleges rise as state changes guidelines to keep schools open

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.

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24 February 2021

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23 February 2021

CUNY breaks faculty and staff contract, withholding promised pay raises

By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021

Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.

Amazon sues New York to claim immunity from state COVID-19 safety regulations

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.

New York Governor Cuomo embroiled in political crisis over coverup of nursing home deaths

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.

New York Times science writer Donald McNeil Jr. is latest victim of identity politics frenzy

By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2021

Times staff are divided over the forced resignation of the well-regarded science and health correspondent.

The Columbia University tuition strike and the fight for socialism

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.

New York City to open middle schools for face-to-face instruction

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 call for unity with Chicago educators in fight to close schools

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.

Prospective candidates jockey for position in 2021 New York City mayoral election

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.

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29 January 2021

The political and social lessons of the Hunts Point strike in New York City

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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25 January 2021

Teamsters union shuts down Hunts Point strike in New York City

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.

Teamsters rush to end strike as support grows for Hunts Point warehouse workers in New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 22 January 2021

The union indicated Thursday it intends to cut a sell-out deal with the produce market companies.

Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge

By Ali Elhassan, 22 January 2021

Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.

New York City educators call for unified struggle with striking Hunts Point market workers!

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.

As COVID-19 spreads, New York City schools prepare to reopen Monday after holiday break

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.

New York City EMS worker receives massive support against right-wing smear by New York Post

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, parents and students must organize a strike to close all schools!

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.

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16 December 2020

College of Saint Rose in New York slashes programs and tenured faculty positions

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.

New York City halts indoor dining but keeps schools open as second coronavirus wave accelerates

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.

Met Opera locks out stagehands while New York Philharmonic musicians take major pay cuts

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.

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12 December 2020

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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.

Reopening of New York City schools threatens massive spread of COVID-19

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.”

New York City workers condemn mayor’s plan to reopen schools Monday

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

The DSA pays tribute to David Dinkins

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2020

The DSA’s extraordinary tribute to Dinkins shows exactly why this organization is the bitterest opponent of socialism.

Mobilize the working class to halt school reopenings in New York City!

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.

New York City educators denounce plans to reopen schools

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.

New York City schools to reopen amid explosion of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths

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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30 November 2020

New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures

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.

Layoffs leave New York City-area nursing homes unprepared as the pandemic intensifies

By Erik Schreiber, 27 November 2020

Faced with increased costs, care facilities are cutting staff, jeopardizing the lives of elderly residents.

New York City teachers union pushes for fast return to in-person classes

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.

650 bodies stored in freezer trucks for months in New York City disaster morgue

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.

Chaotic move to online learning designed to facilitate reopening of New York City schools

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.

New York region transportation agency prepares draconian cuts to service and transit jobs

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.

As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open

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.

Second wave of coronavirus pandemic hits New York and New Jersey

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.

New York Governor Cuomo keeps schools open despite rising COVID-19 positivity rate

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.

New York City schools likely to close as pandemic surges

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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13 November 2020

State University of New York publishes spring 2021 semester plans

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.

Leading NYPD officer caught posting racist, fascistic messages online

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.

NYPD runs amok during post-Election Day protests

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.

Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures

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

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

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.

New York City workers and students reject school reopenings through mass absenteeism

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.

SUNY Cortland continues pause on in-person instruction following continued outbreak

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

Who are the New York Watchmen?

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.

New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes

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.

As mental health crisis deepens, New York City hospitals leave psych units shuttered

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.

Oppose the $900 million cuts in retroactive pay to New York City educators!

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.

SUNY Cortland pauses in-person instruction after outbreak of COVID-19

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.

SUNY students face budget gap in Excelsior Scholarship program

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.

New York governor closes some schools and businesses while COVID-19 infections spike

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.

Partial closures in New York City as infections spread throughout US schools

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.

New York City resumes in-person schools as COVID-19 infections continue to rise

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.

Metropolitan Opera announces cancellation of entire 2020–2021 season

By Fred Mazelis, 26 September 2020

Management is demanding major concessions from its musicians, who have been furloughed without pay since March.

New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings

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.

New York yellow cab drivers block bridges to demand debt relief

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.

New York City Democratic mayor delays school opening a second time

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.

New York yellow cab drivers block bridges to demand debt relief

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

New York City ruling elite warns Mayor de Blasio of “widespread anxiety”

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”

NYU faculty and students denounce unsafe reopening of campus

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.

Mounting opposition to school reopenings as 55 New York City teachers test positive for COVID-19

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.

New York City educators launch safety committee to halt the reopening of schools

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.

Rochester police chief resigns following violent police repression against protesters

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.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

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.

Teachers union and Democrats agree to resume in-person learning in New York City schools

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.

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

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.

New York transit agency threatens draconian cuts and fare hikes

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.

New York City’s school reopening plan: Anatomy of a crime

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.

New York City preparing to lay off 400 EMS workers in advance of looming second wave of pandemic

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.

Police misconduct database reveals top NYPD brass guilty of abuse of authority

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.

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

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.

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens

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.

New York and Los Angeles plan deadly reopening of schools

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.

New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo’s push to reopen schools

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.