Inequality and the social crisis
By Jacob Crosse, 5 August 2020
Congress continues to quibble over a new bill as the crisis deepens for millions of workers and their families.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 August 2020
Millions of American workers don’t know how they’ll pay rent or where their next meal will come from.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2020
Allowing federal supplemental benefits to expire for 30 million jobless workers shows the class character of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
As stock indexes continue their climb
By Barry Grey, 1 August 2020
The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.
By Kevin Reed, 29 July 2020
The expiration of the enhanced federal unemployment benefit this week will drive millions of working class people across the US into desperate financial circumstances.
By Dennis Moore, 29 July 2020
The benefit system has evolved from its post-war ethos as a “safety net” to one based on punishing the sick and disabled and coercing the unemployed into low-paid work.
By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2020
The savage class war proposal is the start of “negotiations” with the Democrats in which the outcome is already assured: a severe reduction in working class living standards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2020
The demonstrators demanded that Toronto’s mayor use his municipal emergency health and safety powers to block evictions, and denounce the Ontario government’s recently passed pro-landlord Bill 184.
By Paul Bond, 24 July 2020
More than half of manufacturing companies said they will make redundancies in the next six months, with a further 20.1 percent saying they might.
By Mike Head, 24 July 2020
Governments and the corporate elite have begun extracting the cost from the working class, via cuts to jobs, pay and working conditions as well as social spending.
By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2020
The Democrats and Republicans are allowing the $600-a-week federal unemployment compensation supplement to expire, cutting off a lifeline for millions of jobless workers.
By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020
US billionaires continue to profit fabulously off the pandemic while millions face hunger, eviction, and joblessness.
Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later
By Aaron Murch, 23 July 2020
Ten months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site collapse recovery, efforts are finally under way to retrieve the bodies of two workers still buried beneath the rubble.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 July 2020
Young workers represent more than 50 percent of the workforce at some large corporations such as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020
The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2020
The blatant purpose of the cuts is to give workers no choice but to go back into unsafe workplaces regardless of the rising danger of COVID-19 infection.
By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020
The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.
21 July 2020
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2020
Congressional Democrats and Republicans are preparing to slash or eliminate the $600 weekly unemployment supplement that has been a lifeline for millions of workers laid off during the pandemic.
By Jacob Crosse, 20 July 2020
The extended weekly payment has been the target of venomous attacks by big business as a “disincentive” to work and is unlikely to be reinstated by Congress in its current form.
By Isaac Finn, 20 July 2020
Last week, the University of Akron’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of eliminating positions from the university.
By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020
The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.
By Lily Zhao, 20 July 2020
The tragedy is a product of the social crisis confronting millions of workers throughout the country.
By Cheryl Crisp, 20 July 2020
Hundreds of people who lost their homes are living in tents, caravans or shipping containers in what is now the dead of winter.
By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020
Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”
By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2020
The collapse in the number of workers in employment takes place along with a drastic fall in hours for those remaining in a job, and a fall in wages.
By Mike Head, 18 July 2020
Governments and employers are working with the trade unions to exploit the COVID-19 catastrophe to accelerate the casualisation of the workforce.
By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020
The pandemic has left approximately 5.4 million American workers uninsured between February and May, according to an analysis by the Families USA consumer advocacy group.
By Jessica Goldstein, 17 July 2020
The number of new official jobless claims demonstrate a state of deep economic crisis for US capitalism.
By Nick Beams, 16 July 2020
Major US banks are raking in billions of dollars through speculative operations financed by the massive intervention of the Fed into all corners of the financial markets.
By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020
The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.
By Naveen Dewage, 15 July 2020
According to the UNICEF report, close to 1 million more South Asian children could die in the coming year due to lack of access to food, vaccines, and timely medical care.
By Alex Findijs, 15 July 2020
The USDA promised to deliver $1.2 billion in food to families in need, but has delivered less than two-thirds of this amount so far.
By Harvey Thompson and Charlotte Salthill, 14 July 2020
The report notes, “Families who were already enduring hard, challenging lives have had to survive lockdown in the most appalling circumstances.”
By Julio Patron, 13 July 2020
A lack of consistent running water will make it more difficult for frequent handwashing to limit the spread of the coronavirus which has already infected thousands on the island.
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2020
Sunak’s declaration that “we can’t protect every job” is the understatement of the century. Companies are announcing thousands of redundancies every day amid warnings of unemployment reaching 5 million by next year.
As it charts depths of economic crisis
By Nick Beams, 9 July 2020
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says that up to 10 times fewer hours have been worked in some countries as compared with the first months of the 2008 financial crisis.
By Martin Scott and Oscar Grenfell, 9 July 2020
“Instead of nurses, doctors and social workers, they send us the police, which gives the wrong message among the community.”
By Thomas Scripps, 8 July 2020
Government ministers have struck a pose of outrage at a situation they have ignored for years and want to replicate across the country.
By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2020
The $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits is set to expire July 25, while moratoriums on evictions have already expired in 20 states.
By Brian Green, 7 July 2020
As unemployment skyrockets, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot push a return to work and COVID-19 relief programs too small to address desperately needed assistance among workers.
Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic
By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020
The combined economic impact of the raging pandemic and the imminent cutoff of $600 weekly federal assistance is leading to a social catastrophe for millions across the US.
As pandemic spread accelerates
By Nick Beams, 2 July 2020
In the course of less than three months, the actions of the Fed—its reduction of interest rates to zero and purchases of debt across the board, including junk bonds—have put $7.1 trillion into the hands of stock investors and speculators.
“It’s eugenics by the back door”
By Alice Summers, 30 June 2020
Doug has recently been involved in legal action opposing the use of “scoring” systems to deny ventilator treatment to the sick, disabled and elderly.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 June 2020
The poorest people in Germany, including the long-term unemployed and recipients of Hartz IV social welfare, have an 84 percent higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization.
By Louis Girard, 30 June 2020
Revealing the oligarchic character of Canadian society, the report found that the top one percent of Canadians own as much as the poorest 80 percent of the population.
By Andre Damon, 30 June 2020
Six months after the world first learned of COVID-19, workers across the globe are going on strike to demand measures to stop the rampant spread of the disease.
New York City officials accused of undercounting and mismanagement after dozens of homeless COVID-19 deaths reported
By Sam Dalton, 27 June 2020
A new report gives an insight into the consequences of the city authorities’ malign neglect as the virus spread amongst the homeless in the center of global finance.
By Jerry White, 26 June 2020
The US Labor Department recorded a record fourteenth week in a row in which the number applying for unemployment aid topped one million.
By Zac Thorton, 26 June 2020
The company has filed a 60-day notice of mass layoffs as sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Gary Alvernia, 26 June 2020
The pay “deferral” sets a new precedent for exploiting the COVID-19 emergency to intensify the ongoing corporate and government attack on the living and working conditions of workers.
By Mike Head, 20 June 2020
The rate of youth unemployment and underemployment would be a staggering 48 percent if everyone who had lost their job was counted.
By Isaac Finn, 16 June 2020
State authorities demanded that thousands of workers give back “overpaid benefits” they have received since the start of the economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This government has decided that disabled people are better off dead”
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to disability rights campaigners last weekend about the impact of coronavirus pandemic and the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” policy on the lives of disabled people.
By Andre Damon, 16 June 2020
The Trump administration’s plan to cut unemployment assistance in July is a naked ploy to force workers back into factories that are hotbeds of COVID-19.
By J. Cooper, 15 June 2020
The US Sixth District Court of Appeals allowed the settlement of the “right to read” case in Detroit to stand while vacating the legal precedent.
By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people still go to bed every night in unsafe buildings, with thousands in the “high-risk” category.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 June 2020
The New York Philharmonic and other orchestras are canceling performances for the rest of this year.
By Nick Beams, 10 June 2020
The rise of the market, taking place in the midst of the greatest health crisis in a century, stands in stark contrast to the underlying real economy.
By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2020
An unexpected decline in the unemployment rate in May is being used by the White House to declare the pandemic-fueled economic crisis over.
By Shannon Jones, 5 June 2020
The economic meltdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving into a deep and long economic slump.
By Martin Scott, 5 June 2020
The government is now asking the Industrial Relations Commission to deny nurses, teachers, paramedics, and other essential workers a promised 2.5 percent wage increase.
By Warren Duzak, 2 June 2020
The Republican governor Bill Lee’s decision will place first responders such as paramedics, police and social workers at risk of catching the deadly infection.
By Mike Head, 2 June 2020
The results illustrate the immense concentration of wealth since governments bailed out the financial elite after the 2008–09 economic breakdown.
After ignoring migrant workers’ plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 May 2020
The court’s intervention reflects concerns fear by India’s legal authorities that mounting mass anger will erupt against the entire capitalist elite and its state.
“When push comes to shove to make cuts, education is on the cut list.”
By Will McCalliss, 30 May 2020
The drastic cuts at Randolph and Brookline schools are a foretaste of what will befall many districts, teachers and students across the US.
By Ben Oliver, 30 May 2020
If approved by the state, the closure will eliminate 74 beds for adults, the elderly, and children, along with 202 jobs.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2020
More than a third of the population is in financial difficulty, as the Ardern Labour Party-led coalition government presides over tens of thousands of job cuts.
New York governor exempts nursing home operators from criminal liability after taking millions from the industry
By Philip Guelpa, 29 May 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo took millions in donations from hospital and nursing home executives and then protected them from responsibility for deadly criminal actions regarding COVID-19.
By Alberto Escalera, 29 May 2020
Even before the pandemic, the island was reeling from a decade-long economic recession, chronically low labor force participation rates and a public debt crisis that served as a pretext for years of severe austerity policies.
By Peter Reydt and Laura Tiernan, 28 May 2020
Eighty percent of students are worried about how they will cope financially. Even before the pandemic, soaring rents were creating social distress.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans face homelessness during pandemic as states begin lifting restrictions on evictions
By Trévon Austin, 26 May 2020
Across the US, moratoriums on eviction proceedings and home foreclosures, set in place during the onset of the pandemic, have either been lifted or are set to expire early next month.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2020
As with attacks on the working class as a whole and the drive to war, capitalist ruling classes the world over have responded to the pandemic by intensifying the brutal assault on migrant workers.
By Sam Dalton, 25 May 2020
As more information about COVID-19’s effects on minors emerges, the virus’s unchecked spread in the juvenile prison population is leading to deadly consequences.
By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020
Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.
By Luke Galvin, 23 May 2020
The flooding has displaced over 10,000 residents and washed out multiple bridges and roads, forcing many to gather at emergency shelters.
By Katy Kinner, 23 May 2020
According to a report from the American Medical Association, over 20 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortality since the official declaration of the pandemic.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 May 2020
The class logic at play in the homicidal push to reopen the US economy before the spread of the coronavirus has been controlled is becoming increasingly clear.
By Niles Niemuth, 22 May 2020
According to some estimates, the real unemployment rate has already hit 22.5 percent, which is nearing levels reached during the depths of the Great Depression in 1933.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 22 May 2020
The ultra-right government of Sebastian Piñera has responded to an outbreak of hunger protests across Chile with repression and mass arrests
By Helen Halyard and Kevin Reed, 22 May 2020
The WSWS spoke with Karissa, 27, about her experiences over the past eight weeks since she and her fiancé lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic hit the Detroit area.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 May 2020
The attack on some of the lowest-paid workers, on the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, is a precedent for a broader pro-business restructuring.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020
The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.
World Health Organisation warns pandemic could “turn the clock back” on other killer diseases in Africa
By Stephan McCoy, 21 May 2020
The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.
By Sam Dalton, 21 May 2020
Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.
By Martin Scott, 21 May 2020
Around 1,000 McDonald’s workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.
By Simon Whelan, 20 May 2020
The pandemic has exposed how those buccaneers of the “free market” are happy to claim government welfare.
Millions of Americans, including front-line workers’ families, face loss of employer-sponsored health insurance in pandemic
By Alex Johnson, 19 May 2020
The families of health care workers, first responders and other workers deemed essential who have died from COVID-19 now face the prospect of losing their health coverage due to the cut-off of their loved ones’ employer-sponsored insurance.
By Robert Stevens and John Stryder, 19 May 2020
Official statistics show that around 10,000 people have died in the UK’s care homes, but the real figure is at least double that.
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 May 2020
“Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us.”
Canada: Quebec government advocates hiring children to disinfect daycare centres amid coronavirus pandemic
By Laurent Lafrance, 19 May 2020
Faced with a shortage of childcare staff, Quebec’s CAQ government is advocating their replacement by teenagers as young as 14, thus threatening to expose them to the potentially lethal coronavirus.
By Alex Findijs, 16 May 2020
Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.
By Mike Head, 16 May 2020
Nearly half a million workers dropped out of the workforce in April, yet unemployment and underemployment still reached a record total of 19.9 percent.
By Evan Blake, 13 May 2020
With his decision to illegally restart production at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, Musk is forcing 10,000 workers to return to work under unsafe conditions.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 May 2020
As the German government is effectively ending its coronavirus lockdown, reports about people dying of COVID-19 in retirement and care homes are increasing.
By Simon Whelan, 12 May 2020
Millions of workers employed in what the ONS terms “elementary” jobs, including cleaners and low-skilled construction workers, had the highest risk of death.
By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2020
Nearly 7.6 million workers—equivalent to one-third of the country’s total labour force—have applied for the federal government’s meagre, temporary Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
By Harvey Singh, 11 May 2020
Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.
By Charles Hixson, 9 May 2020
Those remaining on London’s streets face increased deprivation, as normal sources of food from distributors and food kitchens have gone.
By Renae Cassimeda, 9 May 2020
Infection rates are rising among the homeless, many of whom are dying in the shadows and will not be counted in the COVID death toll.