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United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate

Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection’s lies in death of teenage immigrant

By Adam Mclean, 7 December 2019

The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident, but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019

The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.

Saudi airman kills four at US Naval Base in Florida

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2019

The mass shooting at the base in Pensacola was the second such incident at a US Navy facility in the space of barely 48 hours.

Canadian parliament reconvenes following formation of Liberal minority government

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2019

The initial actions of the new government underscore that Trudeau’s second term will be characterized by a further turn to the right on foreign and domestic policy, and an intensified reliance on the unions and NDP for “progressive” cover.

Uranium contaminated site collapsed into the Detroit River during the Thanksgiving holiday

By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019

The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.

Harvard University retaliates against striking graduate students

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019

Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.

Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019

The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.

South Florida UPS driver, motorist killed in reckless police shootout in rush hour traffic

By Matthew Taylor, 7 December 2019

At least nineteen police officers fire 200 rounds into a UPS delivery truck which had been hijacked after a jewelry store heist, killing the driver, the two carjackers and an nearby motorist.

US farmer suicides on the rise as Trump’s trade war, extreme weather hit hard

By Anthony Bertolt, 7 December 2019

Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.

Vote “no” on the FCA contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019

The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.

Trump administration food stamp cuts spell hunger and destitution for millions

By Kate Randall, 6 December 2019

The Trump Administration announced Wednesday a rule change that will deprive nearly 700,000 people of benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, increasing hunger for countless families.

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019

The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.

Seton Hall Law School report exposes new details of CIA torture program

By Kevin Reed, 6 December 2019

The report reveals for the first time—with drawings and notes provided by CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah—details of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the US government.

Ontario teachers strike against government assault on public education

By our reporters, 6 December 2019

Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.

Over 2 million Americans don’t have access to indoor plumbing or water, report finds

By Jacob Crosse, 6 December 2019

The inequality that is endemic to the capitalist system finds expression in the lack of access to the most basic of human needs in the richest country in the world.

Seattle schools propose race-centric “ethnomathematics” curriculum

By Kayla Costa and Nancy Hanover, 6 December 2019

The curriculum proposal for an Ethnic Studies-based math is part of a broader effort to inject identity politics into public schools.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

Explosions at Texas petrochemical plant force over 40,000 to evacuate their homes

By Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019

The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.

John Deere demands further job cuts through “voluntary separation program”

By George Gallanis, 30 November 2019

The “voluntary separation program” was announced just prior to Deere’s posting of lower net income during its fourth quarterly earnings call.

Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal condemns government’s treatment of indigenous children

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 30 November 2019

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has rebuked the Liberal government for its refusal to compensate poor indigenous children and their families for discriminatory and neglectful treatment.

Trump signs Hong Kong “democracy” bill

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019

Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

Brookings Institution study finds a staggering 44 percent of US workers earn low wages

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019

The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

Five dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota high-rise fire

By Matt Rigel, 28 November 2019

Most of the victims were Somali immigrants in a neighborhood near the city’s downtown area.

Billionaire Bloomberg enters race for Democratic presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2019

Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.

GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption

By Tom Hall, 23 November 2019

The lawsuit is part of a ruthless struggle over market share in the auto industry, under conditions of an accelerating global downturn and an escalation of the attack on autoworkers.

Allegations of racist incidents lead to virtual shutdown of campus at Syracuse University

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 November 2019

The university has accepted the demands of students, including moves toward the segregation of dorms based on race, but the campus has been effectively closed through the end of the semester.

Historically low number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits due to increasing restrictions

By Jacob Crosse, 23 November 2019

Restrictions enacted by state and federal governments following the Great Recession have prevented millions from receiving their deserved benefits and discouraged those in need from applying.

Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

By John Braddock, 23 November 2019

A concrete dome, a relic of the US nuclear testing program, is breaking up and beginning to spill deadly nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Obama declared his opposition to anything “revolutionary” or “crazy” being put forward by presidential candidates whom he did not name, although he was clearly referring to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Edwards won despite three campaign appearances by President Trump and an all-out effort by the Republican National Committee.

Federal court strips citizenship from US-born woman held in Syrian detention camp

By Tom Carter, 18 November 2019

Handing a victory to the far-right campaign to undermine the Fourteenth Amendment, a federal judge found that Hoda Muthana is not a citizen despite the fact that the State Department twice issued a passport listing her nationality as “United States of America.”

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019

The vote, in which more workers voted “no” or abstained than voted in favor, is a declaration of no confidence in the UAW.

Strike against Asarco copper enters second month

By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019

The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.

Notes on police violence

No charges against US Park Police in 2017 shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar

By Harvey Simpkins, 16 November 2019

US Park Police in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., gunned down the unarmed 25-year old in his vehicle after he was the victim of a minor traffic incident.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

999 Meghan McCain denounces Pamela Anderson, MIA as agents of Putin over support for Assange

16 November 2019

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Trump’s decision to end DACA

By Ed Hightower, 14 November 2019

The right-wing bloc appeared ready to serve up 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth to the Trump administration’s fascistic deportation machine.

Steel layoffs in US mount due to falling production and trade war

By Samuel Davidson, 11 November 2019

Growing layoffs at US Steel and other major US steel producers over the past three months, point to a further slowdown in manufacturing and the impact of Trump’s trade war.

California police arrest woman for delivering stillborn baby with drugs in its system

By Dan Conway, 11 November 2019

California police arrested 25-year-old Chelsea Cheyenne Becker on a charge of 1st degree murder last week after she delivered a stillborn baby with methamphetamine in its system.

One year since the Northern California Camp Fire

An accounting of a crime

By Toby Reese, 11 November 2019

November 8 marked one year since the outbreak of the Northern California Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Amidst growing opposition

UAW-Ford contract gives green light for video monitoring of workers

By Shannon Jones, 9 November 2019

The contract gives management the right to carry out video recording and motion tracking to drive up productivity and discipline workers.

Billionaire ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg takes steps to run for Democratic nomination

By Barry Grey, 9 November 2019

Whether or not he decides to run, Bloomberg’s move is clearly calculated to shift the Democratic campaign further to the right.

Massive vote in favour of strike by Ontario elementary school teachers

By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 9 November 2019

The virtually unanimous strike vote by teachers reflects the depth of opposition to the government’s austerity agenda and is part of a growing upsurge of the class struggle internationally.

Leaked video reveals ABC News suppressed Jeffrey Epstein story since 2015

By Kevin Reed, 9 November 2019

The television network held the story about the criminal sex-trafficking activities and high-profile connections of Jeffrey Epstein for three years.

Massachusetts: Buffalo Wild Wings worker dies after inhaling toxic fumes

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 November 2019

Ryan Baldera’s death is just one of the latest tragic indictments of the disregard of corporations for the health and safety of the workers who make their profits.

The “Irrepressible Conflict:” Slavery, the Civil War and America’s Second Revolution

By Eric London, 9 November 2019

The following is the second in a series of three lectures delivered in response to the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which presents a falsified, racialist interpretation of American history.

The New York Times’ obsession with race expands to its food commentary

By Trévon Austin, 9 November 2019

A recent commentary suggests fast food chain Popeyes “struck a special chord” with black people because its fried chicken sandwich “tastes like something that could have come from a black home kitchen.”

Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

By George Marlowe, 5 November 2019

Despite the official celebration, the CTU’s tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

UAW sanctions plant closing, expansion of temps in deal with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 2 November 2019

The tentative agreement announced with Ford will further advance the restructuring of the auto industry into a low wage sector employing large numbers of contingent workers.

Breaking: UAW President Gary Jones takes paid leave as feds move closer to indictment

By Tom Hall, 2 November 2019

The rise and fall of Gary Jones demonstrates the United Auto Workers is a criminal syndicate that is no less hostile to the interest of autoworkers than the auto companies themselves.

Corruption scandal moves in on UAW President Gary Jones

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019

The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019

Lightfoot’s first budget, containing large increases to the police department and higher fees affecting workers, is a continuation of the Democratic Party’s right-wing assault on the working class.

Comparing two impeachments

By Barry Grey and Andre Damon, 2 November 2019

In light of Thursday’s vote in the House of Representatives to formalize the impeachment inquiry against Trump, it is worth contrasting the events now unfolding in Washington to those that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon 45 years ago.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

Fed guarantees more money for Wall Street as attacks on workers intensify

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2019

The markets celebrated the latest Fed decision, with the S&P 500 index posting its second record high for the week.

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2019

The tentative agreement announced by the CTU Wednesday night betrays all the aspirations of the 24,000 teachers who have been on strike for ten days.

Ford Canada announces more job cuts as GM prepares final shutdown in Oshawa

By Carl Bronski, 31 October 2019

The announcement is part of an ongoing $11 billion global restructuring program initiated by Ford last year.

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

According to new figures released on Tuesday, the United States has detained over 76,000 minors attempting to make the dangerous crossing at the US-Mexico border. This is a new record, 52 percent more than the detentions last year.

Independent pathologist says evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a homicide

By Kevin Reed, 31 October 2019

Private pathologist Dr. Michael Baden found that substantial forensic evidence exists showing that jailed multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein was the victim of “ligature homicidal strangulation” and did not commit suicide.

Alberta’s Conservative government tables class-war budget

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 31 October 2019

The maiden budget of Alberta’s right-wing populist United Conservative Party government makes devastating across-the-board public spending cuts.

The Boeing crashes and the criminalization of American capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019

At House and Senate hearings this week, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged that he knew of the dangers of the 737 Max 8, yet not a single congressman or senator suggested that he should be criminally prosecuted.

Trump’s booing at the World Series makes Democrats and the media nervous

By David Walsh, 31 October 2019

What upsets all these people, in the final analysis, is the thought of masses of people taking matters into their hands, outside the established channels, including the “authoritative” media outlets.

State of emergency as California wildfires force 200,000 to evacuate

By Renae Cassimeda, 28 October 2019

Large areas of northern California are engulfed in flames as wind gusts reach over 90 miles per hour, leading to the largest evacuation in the state’s history.

As educators enter eighth school day on strike

Chicago school staff union breaks ranks with teachers, signs tentative deal

By George Marlowe, 28 October 2019

The sellout contract agreed to by SEIU Local 73 paves the way for the Chicago Teachers Union to order the teachers back to work.

Washington DC: Private metro contract workers launch first transit strike in over 40 years

By Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019

The strike against the assault on wages and living standards must be expanded to public sector workers and beyond against the efforts to exploit the population.

The murder of Baghdadi and Washington’s crisis in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2019

The targeted assassination of the ISIS leader was politically timed to deflect criticism within the US ruling establishment and its military and intelligence apparatus of Trump’s Syria policy.

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

By Marcus Day, 28 October 2019

If the UAW has succeeded in the short term in forcing the company’s demands through, it has done so at the expense of even further discrediting itself among workers.

“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”

Workers question legitimacy of UAW’s claims on GM contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019

Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.

Trump shifts from ending “forever wars” to sending tanks into Syria’s oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2019

While pitched as a defense against ISIS, the proposed occupation of the oil fields is aimed at denying vital resources to Syria’s government.

Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 26 October 2019

The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Justice Department probe of Russia-Trump inquiry has become a “criminal investigation”

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2019

The Trump administration is using the Justice Department investigation as a counterweight to the House impeachment inquiry.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

Over two million to be without power over weekend as wildfires sweep through California

By Dan Conway, 26 October 2019

Millions of Californians are told to prepare for further power outages as wildfires wreak havoc across the length of the country’s most populous state.

The police murder of Isiah Murrietta-Golding

By Tom Carter, 26 October 2019

The epidemic of police brutality in the US, which enjoys the full backing of the state, is a product of a social and economic system in deep crisis.

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike

The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2019

The strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, now in its second week, is at a crossroads.

Google announces a new breakthrough for quantum computing

By Bryan Dyne, 26 October 2019

By exploiting the quantum properties of matter at an atomic level, quantum computing represents a potentially gargantuan leap in computing power over ordinary machines based on integrated circuits.

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in triumphant return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2019

The current production marks the first time that Gershwin’s masterpiece has appeared at the Met in almost 30 years.

Trump urges congressional Republicans to “take the gloves off” in impeachment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2019

The White House has been panicked by signs of erosion of support against impeachment among congressional Republicans.

Opposition to UAW-GM contract mounts at shuttered Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Samuel Davidson, 24 October 2019

Workers at the GM Lordstown Assembly Plant denounced the contract, which will result in the loss of their jobs and their forced relocation. Treatment of temporary workers was also a top concern.

Canada: NDP, unions eager to prop up Trudeau Liberal government

By Keith Jones, 24 October 2019

The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with “progressive” government.

British Columbia: IATSE suppresses opposition to union malfeasance

By Carl Bronski, 24 October 2019

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has threatened rank-and-file workers with criminal charges if details of a spending scandal were further publicized.

Reports highlight rising methamphetamine health crisis across US Midwest

By Jacob Crosse, 24 October 2019

The number of meth related cases reported in the state of Wisconsin alone have surged by 450 percent over the last decade.

Police in Washington state seize cache of firearms from suspected Neo-Nazi leader

By Kevin Reed, 24 October 2019

Acting on the provisions of a “red-flag law” in Washington State last month, police from the Seattle area seized a cache of assault weapons from Kaleb J. Cole, a suspected leader of the neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division.

Youth suicide rate skyrockets in the US: A symptom of a rotting social order

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 October 2019

In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 12-18.

WeWork CEO walks away with $1.7 billion as mass layoffs planned at failing office rental company

By Harvey Simpkins, 24 October 2019

While Adam Neumann receives an outrageous “golden parachute,” a jobs massacre is expected at the company which currently operates offices in 29 countries around the world.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe

By Niles Niemuth, 23 October 2019

The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Major distributors and manufacturers of opioids avert trial by reaching $260 million wrist-slap settlement in Ohio

By Brian Dixon and Benjamin Mateus, 23 October 2019

The settlement is seen as a “bellwether” case for future opioid lawsuits, with the companies making no admission of guilt for the drug overdose crisis which has ravaged the US.