United States

With Verizon sticking to demands, workers look to break CWA isolation of strike

By Samuel Davidson, 25 May 2016

Verizon's chief executive officer made it clear at a conference of telecom executives Tuesday that the company will not back down on its demands for sweeping job cuts and concessions.

“The bottom line is money”

Video: AT&T workers in San Diego on strike

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to some of the 1,700 striking AT&T workers about the political issues involved in their strike and the ongoing strike of 39,000 workers at Verizon.

Clinton refuses to debate Sanders ahead of California primary

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2016

The Clinton campaign is angered that Sanders' continued presence is hindering it from executing the turn to the right planned for the general election.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks with locked out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

Workers at Honeywell International have been locked out since May 9, after rejecting the company’s demands for slashing health care and other benefits.

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles

Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

By Jerry White, 24 May 2016

The growth of the class struggle in the US poses the need for a unified fight by the working class against the capitalist system and the two big business parties that defend it.

US military returns to Vietnam

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2016

Obama’s lifting of the four-decade-old arms embargo is aimed at preparing new and even more bloody wars in Asia.

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”

Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

By our reporters, 24 May 2016

AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.

Nurses at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s prepare strike vote

By John Marion, 24 May 2016

The May 31 vote will determine whether 3,300 nurses at one of the country’s leading hospitals go on strike.

Baltimore police officer on trial for the death of Freddie Gray found not guilty

By George Gallanis, 24 May 2016

Freddie Gray died in April of last year from severe spinal injuries after being given a “rough ride” in the back of a Baltimore police vehicle.

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016

The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.

Sanders backs ouster of Democratic Party chair

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2016

The conflict within the Democratic Party is intensifying even as Sanders signals his intention to endorse Hillary Clinton after the final primary contests.

Lack of safety technology contributed to 2015 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia

By Alan Whyte, 24 May 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a distracted train operator and lack of safety technology caused the crash that killed eight people.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill that would make performing abortions a felony

By Kate Randall, 23 May 2016

If passed, SB1552 would have been the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in any US state since the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade

Leaked video shows police assault on student

Detroit's Cass Technical High School students oppose police brutality, support teachers struggle

By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016

A video of an assault by a Detroit Public Schools police officer was widely discussed among students who opposed the attack and connected it to the broader issues of police repression.

SEP presidential candidate visits locked-out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporter, 23 May 2016

More than 300 workers in South Bend, Indiana have been locked out since May 9, after they overwhelming rejected the aerospace component giant’s “last, best and final offer.”

US prepares troop deployment to Libya amid fight for oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2016

The Pentagon’s top general said troops could be sent “any day” once there was a formal request from the Western-backed regime in Tripoli.

Retired British general predicts war with Russia, denounces Cameron government as “semi-pacifist”

By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016

Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.

Clinton calls Trump “unqualified” to be commander-in-chief

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2016

The Democratic frontrunner is appealing to Republican warhawks and neo-conservatives to support her against her likely Republican opponent.

Congressional Democrats call for end to Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2016

President Obama, Congressional Democrats and the unions are intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike before it becomes the catalyst for a broader movement of the working class.

Verizon strikers denounce federal mediation, CWA news blackout

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 21 May 2016

Workers said they were determined to defeat any attempt by the unions to repeat the sellout of 2011, when the CWA and IBEW ended a strike without a contract.

San Francisco police chief resigns after cops kill unarmed woman

By David Brown, 21 May 2016

Amid repeated killings and scandals, the city administration looks to make a cosmetic change to its police force.

Sports Authority to close all stores, lay off 16,000

By George Gallanis, 21 May 2016

The announcement by Sports Authority (SA) follows a wave of recent closures from other retail companies.

A resurgence of class struggle

By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016

The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

An op-ed published this week in the New York Times provides an opportunity to consider the history of class struggle in America and the role of identity politics in dividing the working class.

A pittance for Zika, $600 billion for the Pentagon

By Kate Randall, 20 May 2016

The priority of the ruling class and its political representatives is not the protection and wellbeing of the vast majority of Americans, but funding the gigantic US military apparatus.

US media steps up witch-hunt over claims of Sanders “violence” in Nevada

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2016

The bogus claims of violence and harassment have now reached the front page of the New York Times and the editorial page of the Washington Post.

Growing anger among Verizon strikers as CWA and IBEW prepare sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2016

After telling workers they would not accede to Verizon’s demands for a federal mediator, the CWA and the IBEW agreed to mediation as talks restarted Tuesday.

As CWA prepares sellout, Verizon strikers discuss way forward on WSWS online call

By our reporter, 20 May 2016

Verizon strikers from throughout the East Coast of the United States discussed and debated the way forward during a two-hour call hosted by the WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter.

Break the CWA’s isolation of the Verizon strike!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 20 May 2016

The five-week strike by 40,000 Verizon workers can only be taken forward by mobilizing the strength of the entire working class.

Outrage erupts at Flint meeting of pipeline board

By James Brewer, 20 May 2016

Residents of Flint spoke out in anger during a board meeting of the KWA pipeline authority.

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2016

The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.

CWA, Verizon impose blackout on contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 19 May 2016

The federal mediator overseeing contract talks, Allison Beck, is a tried and tested representative of the corporate establishment.

New evidence reveals state of Michigan helped to push Flint into pipeline deal

By James Brookfield, 19 May 2016

A “sweetheart” state environmental order was issued to ensure that bond attorneys for the new pipeline would face no financial obstacles to Flint’s signing on to the project.

The controversy in the US over transgender access to public bathrooms

By Tom Carter, 18 May 2016

The actions of the Democrats with respect to the North Carolina “bathroom bill” reflect their strategy of using identity politics to provide a cover for their right-wing and anti-democratic policies.

Sanders’ strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2016

After winning in Oregon and virtually tying Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Bernie Sanders said he would continue his campaign through the last primary and into the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

CWA agrees to federal mediator, prepares sellout of Verizon strike

By Samuel Davidson, 18 May 2016

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed to a federal mediator during talks overseen by the Obama administration.

Boston Public Schools students walk out over budget cuts

By Kate Randall, 18 May 2016

More than one thousand students walked out of classes Tuesday for the second protest this year against budget cuts that threaten student services and teachers’ jobs.

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part three

By Carlos Delgado, 18 May 2016

The final part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who conspired to cover up the devastating effects of the lead exposure.

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2016

The month-long strike by 40,000 workers at Verizon Communications in the eastern United States is at a critical juncture.

Obama to American youth: Stop complaining, things have never been better!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 17 May 2016

While media attention has focused on Obama’s swipes at Donald Trump, more significant was his chastisement of young people for supporting the campaign of self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders.

US department store sales plunge, jobless claims rise

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2016

The slump in major chain store sales reflects the impact of a vast reordering of class relations in the US with devastating consequences for the working class.

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016

Keri Webber, whose family still suffers serious health issues as a result of the lead contamination of Flint’s water, says those affected by the disaster have been left to fend for themselves.

Verizon strike: CWA officials call New York cops against WSWS reporters

By Sandy English, 16 May 2016

Union officials in Brooklyn called the police to stop strikers from speaking to the WSWS, just days after an NYPD cop, driving a van load of scabs, ran down a striking worker.

Obama’s labor department intervenes in Verizon strike

By our reporters, 16 May 2016

The US Labor Department announced that Verizon, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would resume negotiations Tuesday.

Tampa, Florida area police operate as guardians of Walmart’s profits

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2016

A recent investigation provides details on the extent to which police departments in the Tampa Bay area have become a virtual private security force for the retail giant.

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2016

American commando teams are waging and preparing for war across ever-growing stretches of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2016

The secret trove of documents is being reviewed by a federal judge in Tampa, Florida for possible declassification.

America in the 21st century

Reports document growing income inequality, declining manufacturing pay

By Kate Randall, 14 May 2016

Middle-class household income has declined, while the gap between low- and upper-income households has grown along with income inequality across the US.

“It will come to us next”

Auto and transit workers support Verizon strikers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2016

There is widespread support for the striking Verizon workers, even as the unions are isolating their struggle as they work with the corporation to impose concessions.

Oppose Obama’s assault on immigrants!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 14 May 2016

The Socialist Equality Party defends the democratic right of immigrants and refugees to live and work wherever they please without fear of detention or deportation.

Video: Workers speak about families divided by borders

By our reporters, 14 May 2016

The Obama administration has deported over two million people, more than any other in US history.

Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2016

The Republican presidential nominee ensured a love-fest in his meeting with congressional Republican leaders after dropping his professed opposition to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

Wall Street presses for Detroit school restructuring deal

By Nancy Hanover, 13 May 2016

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Judge Steven Rhodes is ramping up pressure for a legislative deal in the state capitol.

Notes on police violence

Trial begins for second Baltimore police officer charged in death of Freddie Gray

By Nick Barrickman, 13 May 2016

Opening statements and testimony were heard on Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court in the trial of police officer Edward M. Nero for the April 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Missouri carries out first execution of 2016, Alabama execution stayed

By Kate Randall, 13 May 2016

Earl Forrest died by lethal injection Wednesday in Missouri, while Vernon Madison received a stay just hours before his scheduled execution on Thursday in Alabama.

After sickouts, what is the way forward for Detroit teachers?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 13 May 2016

The struggle of Detroit teachers poses the need to unite all sections of the working class in a movement against big business and its political servants in both parties.

Corporate-backed charities come up with teaspoon of help for Flint

By Sheila Brehm, 13 May 2016

A spokesman for the foundations claim the money—to be distributed over five years—is intended to provide “a sense of hope” for the residents of Flint.

Obama’s labor board intervenes on behalf of Verizon strikebreakers

By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016

A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.

The financialization of the telecom industry and the Verizon strike

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2016

The concessions being demanded by the company reflect the insatiable drive by the banks and transnational corporations for ever-greater returns on investment.

Growing bankruptcy crisis in global oil and gas industry

By Gabriel Black, 12 May 2016

A third of all US oil and gas companies could go bankrupt.

New York Police Commissioner defends NYPD’s use of nuisance laws

By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 12 May 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has defended the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance laws to unconstitutionally search residences and small businesses.

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2016

The Democratic Party establishment is promoting a false racial narrative to obscure the real reasons for Sanders’ landslide victory in West Virginia.

Video: SEP candidate Niles Niemuth: Top 25 hedge fund managers made $13 billion last year

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2016

America is the land of social inequality, where a handful of billionaires continue to amass and squander vast wealth even as millions of workers are kept in poverty and denied the basic necessities of life.

Highest-earning US hedge fund managers raked in $13 billion last year

By Niles Niemuth, 11 May 2016

The top hedge fund managers made more in a year than the cost of replacing all lead pipes in Flint, Michigan and fixing the city’s poisoned public water system.

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2016

Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions to entice companies to locate in their state.

Sanders defeats Clinton in West Virginia primary by large margin

By Naomi Spencer, 11 May 2016

Sanders’ victory points to the deep social tensions in the state and the continued hostility to Clinton, despite the fact that she is being presented as the inevitable Democratic Party nominee.

CWA silent after Verizon worker run down by New York City cop

By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016

The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Honeywell locks out workers in New York and Indiana

By Philip Guelpa, 11 May 2016

The workers, isolated by the United Auto Workers, were locked out after rejecting major concessions contracts at two aerospace plants.

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part two

By Carlos Delgado, 11 May 2016

The second part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who oversaw the switch to the Flint River.

Verizon striker run down as New York cops protect scabs

By Sandy English, 10 May 2016

A Verizon striker was struck by a van carrying scabs from a hotel in the borough of Queens in New York City. Strikers say the vehicle was driven by a uniformed cop.

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

By Barry Grey, 10 May 2016

Clinton is tacking to run in the general election as the trusted and experienced candidate of the corporate and political establishment, the Pentagon and the CIA.

US Treasury rejects plan for slashing Teamsters pensions, calling for deeper cuts

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2016

The attack on pensions is the result of the collaboration of the unions, the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which conspired to enact pension “reform” legislation in 2014.

Republican split deepens over Trump nomination

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2016

Those refusing to support the presumptive Republican nominee include both former presidents Bush, the 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and various congressmen, senators and governors.

Mass repression being prepared for Cleveland Republican convention

By Leah Jeresova, 9 May 2016

A massive police buildup is underway in the city of Cleveland, Ohio in preparation for the Republican National Convention to be held July 18-21.

US Defense Department announces deployment of troops in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2016

US ground forces have been in Yemen for nearly two weeks as part of combat operations coordinated jointly by Washington and the Saudi-led alliance.

Video: SEP presidential candidate Jerry White—Obama says Flint crisis is no big deal

By Jerry White, 9 May 2016

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, responds to Obama’s declaration that the poisoning of thousands of children in Flint, Michigan is not a major issue.

Army captain’s lawsuit challenges legality of Obama’s war against ISIS

By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016

The lawsuit sheds light on the assertion of unlimited presidential powers to launch and wage wars.

Detroit Federation of Teachers backs right-wing attack on public education

By Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2016

The purported “rescue” of the indebted Detroit Public Schools is the pretext for a far-ranging attack on public education, establishing a new model of state-backed privatization.

Working to impose concessions, Chicago Teachers Union calls off strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016

Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”

New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

9 May 2016

A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.

What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Trump is able to win support among sections of workers because of the treachery of the unions and their subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party.

Baghdad on military lockdown over fear of protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016

As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2016

Steven Mnuchin was a partner at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before setting up his own hedge fund, heavily involved in real estate and movie financing.

Slowest US job growth in seven months

By Barry Grey, 7 May 2016

In typical fashion, President Obama and others in his administration attempted to present the April jobs report as a positive vindication of their economic policies.

Another expanded recall of airbags prone to deadly explosions

By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2016

The recall will still leave millions of vehicles with a potentially deadly airbag defect on the road.

Islamophobic provocations on California campuses

By David Brown, 7 May 2016

Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.

Three hundred workers laid off at Chicago State University

By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016

The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.

Alabama inmates strike against deplorable prison conditions

By our reporter, 7 May 2016

Since May 1, approximately 400 inmates across multiple Alabama state prisons have engaged in a labor strike.

US official stokes border tension between India and China in the Himalayas

By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2016

The US Consul in Kolkata provocatively endorsed India’s territorial claims against China to a strategic Himalayan region.

India opens talks with US on waging war on Chinese submarines

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 May 2016

The US-India talks on anti-submarine warfare mark an important further step in realizing Washington’s aim of making India a “frontline” state in its military-strategic offensive against China.

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

By Mike Head, 7 May 2016

Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part one

By Carlos Delgado, 7 May 2016

The first part of our series profiling the major figures behind the crisis focuses on those who laid the groundwork for the switch from the treated Lake Huron water supplied by Detroit.