New York

New York City workers speak out on conditions six months after hurricane

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.

Six months since Superstorm Sandy

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.

Con Ed lavishes bonuses on top executives

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.

Study finds nearly half of New Yorkers living in or near poverty

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.

New York stop-and-frisk trial bares massive police abuse

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.

Arrests of New York politicians reveal systemic corruption

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.

Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers

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.

New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer

By our reporters, 8 April 2013

School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.

Tenants angry over New York Housing Authority’s plans to sell to developers

By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013

Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.

Plans to vastly expand drones in US

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

Police occupy New York City neighborhood

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.

Contractors impose sweeping givebacks after defeat of New York City school bus strike

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.

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

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

New York school bus drivers face new threats

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.

Parents, teachers and students oppose New York City school closings

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.

New York City homeless population reaches Great Depression levels

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.”

Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers

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 .

New York to use public housing and school property for luxury high-rises

By Sandy English, 1 March 2013

The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City

Workers rebel against right-wing unions

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.

New York City homelessness continues to set new records

By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.

New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee

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

Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

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.

New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.

Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats

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.

Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education

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”.

On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle

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.

Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike

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.

After the bids: New York School bus strike at the crossroads

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.”

New York City workers and students express support for school bus strikers

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

City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections

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.

The New York City school bus strike and the for-profit student transportation industry

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.

Why the unions refuse to mobilize support for striking New York City bus drivers

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.

Blizzard claims at least 14 lives in US Northeast and Canada

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.

Striking New York City bus drivers march in defense of jobs

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.

School bus strikers in New York City discuss their struggle

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013

Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.

WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter

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.

School bus workers fight for job security and wages: 1979 and today

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.

Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers

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.

Democrats join bid to strangle New York City bus drivers strike

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.

Letter from a New York City school bus driver

5 February 2013

A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.

New York City cops aid strike-breakers

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”

Striking New York City school bus workers speak out

By our reporters, 4 February 2013

Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

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.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

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.

Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike

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.

New York school bus companies threaten to bring in scabs

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.

Why the New York Times backs Bloomberg’s assault on school bus drivers

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.

School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week

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.

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

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.

New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs

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.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

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.

New York City school bus drivers strike to defend jobs

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.

Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”

By a reporting team, 17 January 2013

The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

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.

New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”

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.

Federal judge rules New York “stop-and-frisk” policing unconstitutional

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.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

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.

US Congress approves measly relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims

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.

In wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers hit with transit fare hike

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.

NYC worker: “The fare is going up, but my salary is not”

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.

New York: Continuing misery in Rockaways in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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.

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

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.

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, New York warned on vulnerable infrastructure

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.

Rent strike threat after deaths at storm-ravaged New York housing complex

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.

One week after Hurricane Sandy, human crisis and class tensions grow

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.

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among Brooklyn College students

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.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Aid for Coney Island too little and too late

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.

Growing popular anger as Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 90

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.

Food shortages in Brooklyn public housing in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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

New York City public housing without lights, heat or water after storm

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.

Storm’s damage to aging infrastructure leaves New York City paralyzed

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.

$100 million contribution to New York’s Central Park

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.

Massive hurricane hits Northeastern US

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.

SEP campaigns for November 3 regional conference in New York City

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.

New York City housing crisis reflects record inequality

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.

Spate of police shootings coincides with deepening social crisis in New York

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.

New York Public Library backs off 42nd Street reconstruction plans

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.

New York City transit workers without a contract for over eight months

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.

Transit workers voice anger

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.

New York police arrest hundreds on first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street protests

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.

Workers should defend teacher tenure!

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.

Con Ed workers disgusted as union reports contract ratification

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.

Slaughter on Seventh Avenue

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.

The ISO covers its tracks in betrayal of Con Ed workers

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.

Vote “No” on the Con Ed-UWUA contract! For an independent political struggle of the working class!

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.

Con Ed workers speak out against proposed contract

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.

Union agrees to Con Ed demands to end lockout in New York

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.

ISO complicit in drive to strangle New York Con Ed workers’ struggle

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.

Con Ed workers rally against lockout

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.

New York City transit workers go six months without a contract

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.

Con Ed workers speak out as lockout enters third week

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.

Con Ed lockout puts New York in danger of power outages during heat wave

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.

New York City: Con Ed workers locked out for second day

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.

New York Public Library plan provokes opposition

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.

Billionaires bid for “trophy homes” in New York while homelessness rises

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.

Jerry White speaks in New York on the crisis of American democracy

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.”

March protests New York City police “stop-and-frisk” policy

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.

New York City workers discuss American militarism and Obama’s role in drone attacks

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.