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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.
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.
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.
24 May 2016
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016
Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.
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.
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.
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.
By David Brown, 21 May 2016
Amid repeated killings and scandals, the city administration looks to make a cosmetic change to its police force.
By George Gallanis, 21 May 2016
The announcement by Sports Authority (SA) follows a wave of recent closures from other retail companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Brewer, 20 May 2016
Residents of Flint spoke out in anger during a board meeting of the KWA pipeline authority.
By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2016
The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.
By Shannon Jones, 19 May 2016
The federal mediator overseeing contract talks, Allison Beck, is a tried and tested representative of the corporate establishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
By our reporters, 14 May 2016
The Obama administration has deported over two million people, more than any other in US history.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Gabriel Black, 12 May 2016
A third of all US oil and gas companies could go bankrupt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016
The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016
The lawsuit sheds light on the assertion of unlimited presidential powers to launch and wage wars.
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.
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”
9 May 2016
A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016
As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.
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.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2016
The recall will still leave millions of vehicles with a potentially deadly airbag defect on the road.
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.
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.
By our reporter, 7 May 2016
Since May 1, approximately 400 inmates across multiple Alabama state prisons have engaged in a labor strike.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2016
The US Consul in Kolkata provocatively endorsed India’s territorial claims against China to a strategic Himalayan region.
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.
By Mike Head, 7 May 2016
Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.
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.