By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2013
Pretending to support both striking bus workers and parents, New York City’s Democratic politicians have joined the union in calling for a “cooling-off period” and negotiations on cost-cutting givebacks.
5 February 2013
A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 February 2013
In addition to penning workers behind barricades and blocking them from mounting effective picket lines at bus yards, New York City police have come to the direct aid of strike-breakers.
“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”
By our reporters, 4 February 2013
Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013
The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.
By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013
The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.
By a reporting team, 31 January 2013
The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.
By Sandy English, 30 January 2013
Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.
By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 29 January 2013
New York City’s school bus companies have threatened to begin using scabs to break the two-week-old strike in defense of jobs and decent transportation for 150,000 school children.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013
The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.
By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013
The National Labor Relations Board says it has begun an investigation of company complaints that could lead to an injunction to declare the school bus drivers’ struggle illegal.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013
Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.
By a reporting team, 19 January 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.
By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013
New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.
By Sandy English, 17 January 2013
Nearly 9,000 school bus drivers struck on Wednesday to ensure that job security provisions remain in New York City’s contracts with the private bus companies that transport children.
By a reporting team, 17 January 2013
The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013
The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013
The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.
By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2013
Stop-and-frisk has become notorious for making large numbers of New York City residents virtual prisoners in their own homes.
By Sandy English, 8 January 2013
School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2013
A new recovery package to meet needs after Hurricane Sandy barely scratches the surface in dealing with the devastation.
By Alan Whyte, 29 December 2012
The MTA has voted to increase bus and train fares, as well as tolls on the bridges and tunnels it controls.
By a reporting team, 29 December 2012
The WSWS spoke to New York City transit workers and to subway and bus riders in Brooklyn about the impact of the latest fare hike.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012
Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.
By Sandy English, 1 December 2012
Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.
By Dan Brennan, 20 November 2012
The scope of devastation wrought by Sandy was predicted by numerous scientific studies commissioned by government agencies over the past decade.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 November 2012
Residents of Knickerbocker Village had called for a rent strike over the lack of electricity, heat and hot water, conditions that led to the deaths of two elderly residents last week.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.
By our reporting team, 6 November 2012
Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
By Sandy English, 3 November 2012
New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.
By Kate Randall, 2 November 2012
More than 4.5 million remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while the threat of a fuel crisis grows and transit remains crippled in the Northeast.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012
Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012
Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2012
Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has left New York, America’s largest city and financial capital, paralyzed because of damage to aging transit and power infrastructure.
Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn
By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.
By Sandy English, 30 October 2012
SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012
The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012
Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.
By a reporting team, 3 October 2012
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.
By Sandy English, 18 September 2012
The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.
By Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012
Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By a reporting team, 18 August 2012
The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2012
The NYPD’s pursuit and execution of a 51-year-old man in New York City’s Times Square was only the latest in a series of killings by police that take place every day and in every part of the country.
By Dan Brennan and Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2012
Increasingly exposed as tools of management, union bureaucrats at Con Ed and elsewhere welcome the assistance provided by groups like the International Socialist Organization.
By Socialist Equality Party, 6 August 2012
The Socialist Equality Party calls on Con Ed utility workers to reject the contract agreement proposed by the Utility Workers Union of America, which includes all the major concessions demanded by the company.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 August 2012
The official summary of the proposed contract confirms that the union has made significant concessions, sparking an intense debate among workers.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2012
New York power utility Con Edison ended a nearly four week lockout of over 8,000 workers in advance of a major storm after the union makes major contract concessions.
By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012
The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.
By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.
By Alan Whyte, 16 July 2012
New York City bus and subway workers have been working without a contract since the last arbitrators’ award expired on January 15.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 July 2012
Con Ed workers spoke to the WSWS at a rally outside the company’s New York headquarters Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 July 2012
On the third day of its lockout against 8,500 utility workers, Con Edison is increasingly running the risk of power outages, delays in service and even deaths in New York City’s worst heat wave of the year.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012
Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2012
Scholars and researchers are protesting plans to change the character of the historic central branch of the New York Public Library.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012
The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.
By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”
By Sandy English, 20 June 2012
Thousands marched Sunday against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, under which hundreds of thousands of youth are stopped, searched or taken into custody each year.
By an SEP campaign team, 11 June 2012
On Saturday, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential candidate, Jerry White, distributed campaign literature in East Flatbush.
By Philip Guelpa, 6 June 2012
The campaign to dismantle public education in New York State has taken another step with the recent votes on proposed school district budgets for the coming year.
By Isaac Finn, 5 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with teachers and students from “failing” schools targeted for closure under the turnaround model.
By Steve Light, 5 June 2012
Under the “turnaround model,” beginning the month New York City’s Department of Education will close 24 schools labeled as “failing.”
By Dan Brennan, 21 May 2012
The current pace represents an 11 percent increase from 2011and an eightfold rise from 2002, when billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg began his first term in office.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 May 2012
Cooper Union has announced an end to its century-old policy of free tuition.
By Ali Ismail, 16 May 2012
The number of homeless people living on the streets of New York City increased by 23 percent in one year according to an annual survey conducted by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.
By Peter Daniels, 15 May 2012
The global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf is collapsing amid hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”
By a reporting team, 15 May 2012
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.
By Peter Daniels, 8 May 2012
Using the pretext of outstanding warrants on minor charges, the police sought to intimidate activists on the eve of last week’s May Day protests.
By Sandy English, 30 April 2012
New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted last week to close 24 schools throughout New York City, the largest school district in the Untied States.
By Steve Light, 26 April 2012
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close 26 schools have provoked a series of angry protests in New York City.
By A. Woodson and Alan Whyte, 23 April 2012
The Democratic Mayor of Yonkers, New York delivered a speech last week calling for a nearly 10 percent reduction in the city’s budget.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 April 2012
New York’s City Council speaker claims that the proposed bill will benefit low-wage workers, but the facts show otherwise.
By Dan Brennan, 19 April 2012
New York City residents have brought a class action lawsuit against “Operation Clean Halls”, the New York Police Department’s oppressive method of policing private apartment buildings.
By a reporting team, 19 April 2012
Residents of the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx described police harassment as pervasive.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 April 2012
Passed by the state legislature a day before the deadline, New York’s budget represents a $135 million reduction from last year.
By Sandy English, 23 March 2012
Thousands of protesters rallied in Sanford, Florida, 30 miles north of Orlando, on Thursday to protest the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain on February 26.
By our reporters, 22 March 2012
President Obama’s 2013 budget calls for the destruction of tens of thousands of postal workers’ jobs, with the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as early as January 2013.
By Sandy English, 19 March 2012
Early Sunday morning, the New York Police Department arrested over 70 demonstrators who were commemorating the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
By our reporters, 19 March 2012
Members of the International Students for Social Equality and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned Saturday in Syracuse, a city in upstate New York, for the election of Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2012
Early Thursday morning, the New York State legislature largely adopted Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a new “Tier VI” in the state’s pension program for newly hired state, county, and municipal employees.
By an ISSE reporting team, 8 March 2012
Transit workers have been operating without a contract for more than six months since the old one expired on September 11th, 2011.
By Ali Ismail, 1 March 2012
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the New York City Police Department’s spying activities against Muslims.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 16 February 2012
Parents, teachers and students angrily protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to close another 18 schools across New York City.
By Peter Daniels, 10 February 2012
The “pseudo-left” finds a silver lining in concessions for New York nurses.
By Steve Light and Sandy English, 7 February 2012
New York City's billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will “overhaul” 33 schools and phase out another 18.
By Ali Ismail, 4 February 2012
Four years after the onset of the economic crisis, long-term unemployment is fueling hunger in the financial capital of the US.
By Ali Ismail, 30 January 2012
Muslim civil rights advocates and other civil liberties supporters denounced New York Mayor Bloomberg and police commissioner Kelly over an Islamophobic film shown to 1,500 police officers.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2012
The main points in Governor Cuomo’s budget address included reductions in pensions for new state workers, a teacher evaluation program to intensify attacks on public education, and consolidation of state agencies leading to further layoffs.
By Alan Whyte, 17 January 2012
TWU Local 100, representing about 35,000 New York City bus and subway workers, refused to call a job action after the union and the MTA failed to reach to reach an agreement by the time the existing contract expired at midnight Sunday.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 January 2012
Musicians and singers were locked out by the New York City Opera on Monday, as chorus rehearsals were scheduled to begin for the company’s abbreviated season.
By Peter Daniels, 3 January 2012
A well-known Muslim mosque was the target of a firebomb attack in New York City, in an outburst of bigotry encouraged by an official campaign of surveillance and provocation.
By Sandy English, 3 January 2012
On New Year’s Eve New York City police arrested dozens of people, including passersby, during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan.
By Philip Guelpa, 24 December 2011
Police staged a violent attack on peaceful Occupy Albany protesters Thursday, with mounted police using pepper spray and brutally tearing down the last of the occupation’s tents.
By A. Woodson, 20 December 2011
On December 13, the United States Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on its plans for wholesale closures of Post Office stations and mail processing centers. The moratorium also covers the threat to scrap Saturday and standard one-day delivery services. The moratorium ends May 15, 2012.
By Peter Daniels, 20 December 2011
New York City announced a new list of schools to be closed, the latest in a long series of attacks.
By Sandy English, 19 December 2011
Police in New York City arrested over 50 protesters on Saturday as they attempted to occupy an empty lot near Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 December 2011
With overwhelming bipartisan support, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed through a tax “reform” that represents a significant tax cut for the state’s millionaires and billionaires.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2011
Albany’s Democratic mayor is preparing to evict Occupy protesters, using alleged violations of safety and health codes as a pretext.