By Andre Damon, 6 March 2014
Some 1.3 million people lost their unemployment benefits on December 28, and the ranks of those affected by the cutoff have been growing by 73,000 every week.
By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2014
GM knew for years that fatal crashes were linked to a defect in the ignition system but did nothing.
By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014
The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 March 2014
After helping select the financial consulting firm for a $19 million contract to restructure Detroit, Michigan’s former state treasurer has been hired as a “project adviser” by Conway MacKenzie
6 March 2014
The following report was submitted to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions held at Wayne State University on February 15.
By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2014
The budget proposes to restore sequester cuts to Pentagon spending but not to domestic social programs.
By Ed Hightower, 5 March 2014
The number of billionaires worldwide increased by 268, the largest such increase ever, with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.
By Gabriel Black, 5 March 2014
Following a dismal sales report, RadioShack has announced that it will close up to 1,100 stores, roughly 20 percent of its locations.
By Jake Dean, 5 March 2014
The latest incident is another reminder of the hazards involved with nuclear waste.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014
The disastrous interest rate swaps deal signed in 2005-06 with UBS and Bank of America has cost the city some $50 million annually
By Eric London, 4 March 2014
New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.
By Andre Damon, 4 March 2014
The release of Federal Reserve transcripts from 2008 shines a light on decisions that shaped political and economic conditions for years to come.
By E.P. Bannon, 4 March 2014
Luis Rodriguez was pepper sprayed, held down on the pavement and placed in two sets of handcuffs.
By David Brown, 4 March 2014
San Jose mayor Chuck Reed is pushing for an amendment to the state Constitution to remove protections for public employee pensions.
By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 4 March 2014
Both bus riders and bus drivers in Detroit are being singled out for further pain under Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment.
By Clement Daly, 3 March 2014
Following the disastrous release of toxic chemicals into the water supply, residents of Charleston, West Virginia spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at one of many water distribution sites that has run out of clean water.
By Clement Daly, 3 March 2014
Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the January 9 chemical spill that contaminated the water for 300,000 West Virginians—recently announced it plans to liquidate.
By Andre Damon, 1 March 2014
US economic growth slowed significantly in the final quarter of last year, the Commerce Department said Friday, while Best Buy, Boeing, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase announced mass layoffs.
By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014
After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2014
A US Army agent infiltrated groups and sought to incite violence.
By John Marion, 1 March 2014
A long, cold winter leads to increased shelter use while families suffer from government funding cuts.
By a reporter, 1 March 2014
The FBI had recruited an informant who had close contact with bin Laden years before the 9/11 attacks.
After release of Detroit bankruptcy plan
By Thomas Gaist, 1 March 2014
Leading corporate media outlets and think tanks are pushing for the “modification” of pensions owed to workers throughout the country.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2014
A secret surveillance program, “Optic Nerve,” has been engaged in mass collection of screen shots from users’ webcams.
By Kate Randall, 28 February 2014
Moves to implement cuts in Medicare Advantage reimbursements have faced an annual challenge from the insurance industry lobby.
Reports to the Workers Inquiry
By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014
This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site US national editor.
By Mike Stapleton, 28 February 2014
A new report by Legal Aid exposes the widespread practice of denying or limiting access to hot lunches for children who cannot pay.
By Gabriel Black, 28 February 2014
In a deal announced last Sunday, Netflix will pay Comcast to ensure that its content gets sent to customers faster than that from other services.
“People with vast means are salivating over our homes”
By Zac Corrigan, 28 February 2014
Today in downtown Detroit about 20 tenants, most of them young artists and musicians, are being evicted from their apartments at 1217 Griswold Street.
By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2014
Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, addressed the well-attended meeting, which attracted city workers and retirees, Griswold tenants facing eviction, students, young workers and professionals
By Jerry White, 27 February 2014
The rejection of the United Auto Workers union by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has provoked an outpouring of handwringing and despair from liberal and pseudo-left publications.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2014
The 6-3 majority backed the warrantless search of a home after police arrested the resident who had objected to it.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2014
In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2014
New mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals reveal the emptiness of his campaign promises to address the growing poverty and unemployment that have made New York one of the most unequal cities in the world.
By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014
In this video, workers and youth reflect on the content of the Inquiry, its significance and the way forward in the fight to defend the rights of working people.
By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2014
The five-year budget plan assumes that Congress will rescind all future cuts in military spending called for by the current “sequester” budget deal.
By Sandy English, 26 February 2014
District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.
By Adam Soroka, 26 February 2014
The unprecedented rate of homeless families seeking shelter in the US capital is straining the family shelter system to capacity.
By Ed Hightower, 26 February 2014
SB 1062 allows businesses to refuse service to gays on the flimsy pretext of respecting religious beliefs.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2014
The move by the pension board will translate into increased payments from workers, with some employees faced with an immediate rise equivalent to 0.75 percent of their salaries.
By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2014
Management, the IAM and big business politicians, threatening job losses, have forced a seven-and-a-half-year concessions contract onto Boeing workers in St. Louis.
By Dan Brennan, 25 February 2014
Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2014
Anger is building in the working class against the emergency manager’s plan of adjustment, which includes slashing pensions and health benefits.
By Tracy Montry and Betty Hayes, 25 February 2014
After months of remaining silent on the plight of the Griswold and other low-income residents being evicted from downtown, the Detroit News published a front page feature February 20 entitled, “Downside of upswing: Downtown Detroit squeeze forces out longtime tenants.”
By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2014
The “plan of adjustment” released by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is a massive assault on the city’s working class.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2014
The stage is being set for concessions deals between the Democrat in City Hall and his partners in the trade unions.
By Gabriel Black, 24 February 2014
California is in the midst of the worst drought on record. Millions will be devastated by the state’s lack of planning and modern infrastructure.
Report to the Workers Inquiry
By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014
This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.
Defend the social right to public education: Oppose St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ sellout contract!
By Eric London, 24 February 2014
This statement by the Socialist Equality Party is being distributed to teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota attending an informational meeting today about the tentative contract reached by union and district officials.
By Hector Cordon, 24 February 2014
Teachers in Portland, Oregon will be voting this week on whether to accept or reject a tentative agreement.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 February 2014
The plan released by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr includes major cuts to city worker pensions and health care.
By Andre Damon, 22 February 2014
A report published this week by the Brookings Institution documents the immense growth of social inequality in major US cities, including those that are supposedly economic success stories.
By Kate Randall, 22 February 2014
Obamacare, whose ostensible aim was to extend health coverage to millions of workers, is apparently having the opposite effect in the public sector.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2014
The CEO of Bank of America received a raise greater than the lifetime pay for the average American worker.
By Andre Damon, 21 February 2014
That a minor increase in the minimum wage provokes such controversy in the political establishment only underscores the bankruptcy of the entire political system and its contempt for the great majority of the population.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014
A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.
By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2014
Sister Megan Rice and two others were sentenced to several years in prison under the Federal Sabotage Act of 1918 for a non-violent break-in and protest at a nuclear facility.
Report to the Workers Inquiry
By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014
This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Larry Porter, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.
By Alan Gilman, 20 February 2014
In 2014, the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office marks a century since its founding, amid unprecedented attacks on the right to counsel.
Plant closings, layoffs hit Michigan workplaces
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2014
The nation’s third largest air carrier is contracting out ground worker jobs to low wage service providers.
By Clement Daly, 20 February 2014
Numerous reports and studies have documented the alarming resurgence of black lung throughout the coal mining industry.
By Gary Joad, 20 February 2014
The explosive growth of hydrofracturing for oil and gas exposes workers and the public to dangers.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2014
The plan to privatize trash collection was pre-authorized by the Detroit’s emergency manager and rubber stamped by the City Council on Tuesday.
By Kristina Betinis, 20 February 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with striking faculty members and student supporters on the picket lines at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
By Andre Damon, 19 February 2014
The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is a case in point for the necessity of putting major corporations under public ownership.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By our reporters, 19 February 2014
On Tuesday, more than one thousand faculty members of the University of Illinois at Chicago went on strike for the first time in the school’s history.
By Mike Ingram, 19 February 2014
The MBTA is installing hundreds of cameras on buses that will provide live video streams to transit police cruisers.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 February 2014
The Obama administration has done everything in its power to shelter negligent energy corporations as they move to defend their profits in the wake of disasters caused by their own policies.
Report to the Workers Inquiry
By Jerry White, 19 February 2014
This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Jerry White, a writer for the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 US presidential election.
By James Brewer, 19 February 2014
Water main breaks in Detroit are causing flooding, stranded motorists, damaged basements and a backlog of repairs for the water department.
By Norisa Diaz, 19 February 2014
Patient care and service workers voted by 96 percent to authorize strike action throughout the ten University of California (UC) campuses.
By Gary Joad, 19 February 2014
Teachers in Minnesota’s largest urban public school district will decide whether 3,200 will strike.
By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014
The UN’s catalogue of horrors is designed to stampede public opinion behind stepped-up US provocations against Pyongyang and intensify the pressure on China.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2014
The vote was a verdict on the UAW, which is correctly seen by workers as a tool of the auto companies.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014
Four journalists who reported on the US National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance programs are being given a prestigious award amid mounting attacks on democratic rights.
“We need to educate more people. We have to know who we are fighting here.”
By WSWS reporters, 18 February 2014
Workers, retirees and youth spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after the Workers Inquiry.
By Alan Whyte, 18 February 2014
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has rejected a non-binding mediator’s proposal that Long island Railroad employees receive a wage increase.
By our reporter, 18 February 2014
Workers, students and youth discussed the central political issues at stake in the Detroit bankruptcy at the Workers Inquiry on February 15.
By Tom Eley and Jerry White, 17 February 2014
The vote at the Chattanooga VW plant is a debacle for the UAW, which had based its survival strategy on being invited into plants by corporations like Volkswagen.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2014
The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Tom Eley, 17 February 2014
David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, is linked closely to the Democratic Party and President Obama. Last week, Cohen and his wife dined in the White House with the Obamas and French President Francoise Hollande.
By Mike Stapleton, 17 February 2014
A father lost five children in an apartment fire in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of North Minneapolis.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2014
Nagin was found guilty in federal court of 20 charges related to corruption while in office.
By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014
The inquiry exposed a political conspiracy to rip up city workers’ pensions and benefits, privatize the DIA and restructure the city in the interests of the rich.
“This country could have a revolution”
By WSWS reporters, 17 February 2014
The WSWS spoke with workers, retirees and youth after the Workers Inquiry.
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2014
The swift passage of the bill through the House and Senate this week demonstrates that Wall Street holds the whip hand, not the Tea Party faction.
By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2014
The complaint alleges that the Obama administration illegally sought to bypass judicial review to ensure a favorable deal for the bank.
By Mike Stapleton, 15 February 2014
Sequestration and other budget cuts have created a housing crisis for low- income Minnesotans.
By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014
The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”
By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 February 2014
On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.
By Clement Daly, 14 February 2014
More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry—a toxic liquid mixture of cleaning chemicals and coal refuse—contaminated about six miles of a stream in Kanawha County.
Interview with director of homeless shelter in Long Beach
By our correspondents, 14 February 2014
WSWS reporters recently visited a Long Beach, California homeless shelter.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2014
One worker was killed and another sent to the hospital in an explosion at a natural gas well in Pennsylvania.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 February 2014
A massive winter storm moving through the southern and Mid-Atlantic United States has resulted in hundreds of thousands of power outages.
By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014
If the government can order the assassination of US citizens in the name of national security, what can it not do? All the methods of a police state dictatorship become equally possible.
By Kate Randall, 12 February 2014
For the second time in less than a year, the Obama administration is granting certain employers additional time to comply with a mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
By Andre Damon, 12 February 2014
US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street in her first congressional testimony Tuesday that the Federal Reserve would continue its zero-interest-rate policies into the indefinite future.