By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2014
Two thousand pages of newly released documents point to a coverup in regard to the closure of bridge lanes last September.
By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014
As with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, extreme weather has exposed the blight of extreme social inequality in New York City.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014
The new mayor, who cast his campaign as a crusade for equality, was sworn in by an ex-president whose policies were key to the record rise in inequality over the past two decades.
By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014
According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.
By Philip Guelpa, 31 December 2013
Following the recent stripping of constitutional protection for public pensions in Detroit, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for an all-out attack on public worker benefits.
By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013
The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 23 December 2013
Obama, backed by New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the teachers’ union, is promoting efforts to privatize public education.
By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 18 December 2013
The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods
By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2013
The new first deputy mayor is an experienced member of the political establishment, and the return of Police Commissioner William Bratton assures Wall Street that there will be no “softness on crime.”
By Jeff Lusanne, 6 December 2013
Several technological systems in use for decades could have prevented the Metro North crash that killed four people.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013
The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013
An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.
By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013
Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.
By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013
Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013
General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.
By Philip Guelpa, 29 October 2013
One year after Hurricane Sandy, inadequate funding and bureaucratic delays have left hundreds of thousands in desperate conditions.
By Dan Brennan, 29 October 2013
The horrific fire that engulfed a Bronx apartment complex Friday evening and killed three young children has exposed the miserable conditions of life facing a large section of the working class in New York City.
By our reporters, 28 October 2013
The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013
The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.
By Alan Whyte, 22 October 2013
Hundreds of tenants demonstrated on Saturday in Manhattan against the decision by New York City housing officials to compel them to move from apartments deemed too large.
By Steve Filips, 19 October 2013
Every other child in Syracuse and other upstate New York cities is growing up in poverty.
By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013
Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.
By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2013
GE, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has announced hundreds of layoffs at its production facilities in Fort Edward and Schenectady, New York.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013
Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”
By Fred Mazelis, 2 October 2013
The sad end of the 70-year-old “people’s opera” will leave a void in New York and reflects the deepening inequality that permeates every sphere of social life.
By Sandy English, 23 September 2013
On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.
By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013
The Obama administration’s decision to intervene in opposition to the separation of church and state is entirely in line with its general assault on democratic rights.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 September 2013
In the latest incident of indiscriminant shooting by New York City police, bullets struck two bystanders during an attempt to subdue an unarmed, mentally unstable man.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2013
Bill de Blasio, New York City’s current Public Advocate, was the front-runner by a wide margin in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to select its candidate for mayor in November’s election to succeed Michael Bloomberg.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2013
Whoever is eventually chosen from among the big business candidates for the next mayor, workers will be facing major political battles.
By Alan Whyte, 29 August 2013
Tenants in both public and private housing are impacted by a deepening housing crisis in the world's wealthiest city.
By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013
Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.
By Sandy English, 23 August 2013
Developers of a new luxury condo have planned separate entrances for tenants who purchase million-dollar condos and workers renting lower-cost apartments.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 August 2013
A district court ruling draws renewed attention to the assault on the democratic rights of youth and the working class as a whole.
By Alan Whyte, 30 July 2013
The city proposes to deal with cuts in federal housing aid by making further attacks on the living conditions of tenants in housing projects.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013
The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.
By Dorian Griscom, 24 June 2013
As the numbers going into New York City’s shelters continue to rise, new housing is going up, but not for the homeless.
By Dan Brennan, 18 June 2013
Approximately 2,000 New York City school bus workers are facing layoffs next week as the city continues to dismantle job protections.
By Steve Light and Philip Guelpa, 7 June 2013
Democrats and United Federation of Teacher bureaucrats have forced through a new, right-wing evaluation program on teachers and students in New York City.
By Sandy English, 29 May 2013
With New York City education officials accepting bids without job protection provisions, some 2,000 out of the 9,000 school bus employees will lose their jobs when school ends.
By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013
A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 9 May 2013
The New York City Department of Education announced the next round of school bus contracts, which threaten to lead to mass layoffs and the replacement of current drivers and escorts with part-time workers earning a fraction of the pay.
By a reporting team, 9 May 2013
Workers discussed the daily problems they face as well as the broader lessons raised by the storm and the response to it.
By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 9 May 2013
The class divisions, inequality and environmental crisis laid bare by last fall’s hurricane continue to deepen.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2013
Consolidated Edison is giving its top executives bonuses for “exemplary” work in 2012, a year marked by a month-long lockout of 8,000 workers and a collapse of electrical power during Superstorm Sandy.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013
A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2013
Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2013
The recent arrests of numerous New York Democratic and Republican politicians on charges of bribery and influence-peddling provide a glimpse of the corruption that is an integral part of capitalist politics.
By Jerry White, 8 April 2013
A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 April 2013
School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.
By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013
Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013
After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.
After shooting of Kimani Gray
By Sandy English, 25 March 2013
The New York City Police Department has stationed hundreds of officers in the working-class neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn since protests erupted over the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 March 2013
The latest attack on school bus workers underscores the need for a united struggle to mobilize the industrial and political strength of the working class.
By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013
As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.
One month after strike
By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013
Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.
By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013
More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2013
The Coalition for the Homeless reports an average nightly total of more than 50,000 in New York’s shelters, a record “since modern homelessness emerged three decades ago.”
4 March 2013
New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .
By Sandy English, 1 March 2013
The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City
By Jerry White, 27 February 2013
As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013
On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.
Many workers replaced by strikebreakers
By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013
The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2013
This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.
By Sandy English, 18 February 2013
Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013
The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.
By Sandy English, 16 February 2013
In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013
With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013
Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013
The New York City school bus strike has reached a critical turning point following the Department of Education’s opening of bids Tuesday for 1,100 school bus routes.
“I see this as an attack on public education.”
By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013
The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.
New York City bus strike in danger
By Jerry White, 13 February 2013
The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.
By Dan Brennan, 12 February 2013
Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on school bus workers’ job security is not merely a matter of individual cold-bloodedness, but rather the product of a decades-long process of deregulation and privatization.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2013
A glaring contradiction exists between the wide support for the striking school bus workers and the isolation of these workers from their genuine allies in New York and around the world.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2013
Hundreds of thousands remain without power after a massive snowstorm dumped three feet of snow in some parts of New England, paralyzing travel.
By a reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.
9 February 2013
The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013
An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.
By Jerry White, 7 February 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.
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.
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.
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.