United States

US repeatedly bombs hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 5 October 2015

US combat aircraft launched multiple precision strikes against northern Afghanistan’s only major trauma center on Saturday, killing at least 22.

“Workers are going to need to stand up against this”

Deere workers denounce sellout contract

By our reporters, 5 October 2015

Supporters of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke with John Deere workers in Illinois and Iowa before and after the contract vote Sunday.

The Oregon school shooting and America’s brutal society

By Niles Williamson, 3 October 2015

The killing of nine students in Oregon on Thursday is the latest in a wave of mass shootings that reflects something deeply dysfunctional in American society.

After landslide “no” vote on Fiat Chrysler contract, UAW declares no better deal possible

By Joseph Kishore, 3 October 2015

Both the UAW and Fiat Chrysler are scrambling to find some way to push through a pro-company deal in the face of overwhelming opposition from autoworkers.

UAW tells John Deere workers nothing in run-up to vote on Sunday

By George Gallanis and Eric London, 3 October 2015

The WSWS urges John Deere workers to reject what can only be a rotten sellout and join forces with autoworkers in a joint struggle against the corporations and the UAW.

Virginia executes prisoner despite claim of intellectual disability

By Kate Randall, 3 October 2015

The execution of Alfredo Rolando Prieto came as Oklahoma suspended executions over lethal drug mix-up. Executions are also planned in Missouri and Texas.

The New York Times discovers a problem: Too many political parties

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015

According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.

The significance of the “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 2 October 2015

The vote is the beginning of a counteroffensive by autoworkers against attacks that have spanned decades, from the first Chrysler concessions contract in 1979 to the government-backed bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry in 2009.

Threat of wider war mounts as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2015

Prominent voices within the US foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment are calling for an even more reckless US policy of escalation against both Assad and Putin.

Ten killed in mass shooting at Oregon community college

By Gabriel Black, 2 October 2015

Multiple students were killed and many more injured after a young man opened fire at Umpqua Community College.

Michigan governor grudgingly admits Flint water danger

By James Brewer, 2 October 2015

Independent studies have proved that Flint residents, and particularly children, are in danger from lead poisoning caused by mismanagement of the water system.

LA unions hail pension “reform” to legitimize attack on working class

By Adam McLean, 2 October 2015

Unions collaborated with the Los Angeles City Council to impose measures that will hang retirees out to dry.

After the “no” vote: The way forward for autoworkers

2 October 2015

With the Chrysler “no” vote, autoworkers have seized the initiative. The question now is: What next?

UAW working with Ford to ensure minimal impact of possible strike in Kansas City

By Eric London, 2 October 2015

The UAW is helping the company move production to Michigan so any strike in Kansas City would have no impact on corporate profits.

After workers defeat Fiat Chrysler deal, UAW and auto bosses plot counter-attack

By Jerry White, 1 October 2015

The United Auto Workers has called union officials to Detroit today following the landslide defeat of its efforts to ram a pro-company deal past 40,000 Fiat Chrysler workers.

The US-Russian clash in Syria and the threat of war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015

Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.

“Workers are beginning to see through the lies”

Autoworkers hail “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

By our reporters, 1 October 2015

As the FCA-UAW agreement went down in flames, autoworkers throughout the country spoke to the WSWS about the significance of the vote and the way forward.

Company announces agreement on six-year contract

Deere workers face fight against UAW and farm equipment giant

By George Gallanis, 1 October 2015

The UAW will hold a vote on Sunday, giving workers as little time as possible to study the deal, with no details will released to the public.

Oklahoma governor stays Richard Glossip execution for 37 days

By Ed Hightower, 1 October 2015

The state killing has only been delayed by Governor Mary Fallin, not forestalled.

US drug makers blocking generic competition to inflate prices

By Brad Dixon, 1 October 2015

Nearly a third of 280 generic drug products widely used by older Americans have increased in price since 2006.

Two more plants overwhelmingly reject UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal, ensuring its defeat

By Joseph Kishore, 30 September 2015

With a rejection of the deal now a near certainty, the UAW and the auto companies are working behind the scenes to plan the next stage in their conspiracy against autoworkers.

Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf proposes deeper cuts to pensions

By Douglas Lyons, 30 September 2015

Wolf proposes to eliminate pensions for workers making over $75,000 yearly.

US bankruptcy judge overturns A&P supermarket labor agreements

By Alan Whyte, 30 September 2015

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that benefits and rights of supermarket workers at the supermarket chain A&P can be drastically cut.

As opposition to UAW sellout grows, union hack denounces WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

By Eric London, 30 September 2015

In the face of the emerging militancy of the working class, the UAW and its supporters have a message of their own to autoworkers: sit down, shut up, and do as we say.

Thirty years since the Canadian split from the UAW: Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 30 September 2015

The claims that there was a “Canadian” road to defend autoworkers from the globally organized auto companies have been proven disastrous.

Fiat Chrysler workers challenge UAW vote count at Warren Truck

By Shannon Jones, 30 September 2015

Workers at the suburban Detroit factory expressed suspicion that the UAW rigged the vote to overcome widespread opposition to the sellout agreement.

Life expectancy plunges for low-income Americans

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2015

The gap in life expectancy between higher and lower-income Americans has soared in recent decades, according to the results of a new study commissioned by the US Congress.

Fiat Chrysler workers challenge UAW vote count at Warren Truck

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

Workers at the suburban Detroit factory expressed suspicion that the UAW rigged the vote to overcome widespread opposition to the sellout agreement.

A revealing clash between Toledo Jeep workers and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell

By Jerry White, 29 September 2015

Jewell, the chief architect of the Fiat-Chrysler sellout deal, was confronted by angry Jeep workers Sunday.

Teachers strike in Scranton, Pennsylvania

By a correspondent, 29 September 2015

Some 900 teachers and support staff are striking against cuts to health care and increased class sizes.

UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal expands network of anti-worker joint programs

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

The labor-management programs provide lucrative payoffs to hundreds of UAW officials.

Fiat Chrysler workers sending UAW-backed deal to defeat

By Jerry White, 28 September 2015

Autoworkers at most of the automakers’ US plants have already voted “no” on the sellout agreement, which will attack jobs, wages and health benefits.

UAW’s Norwood Jewell denounces autoworkers at Toledo meeting

By Thomas Gaist, 28 September 2015

Toledo autoworkers denounced the agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler, with the UAW vice president alternating between pleading for support and lambasting workers.

Behind the resignation of US House Speaker Boehner

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2015

The ouster of the speaker of the House of Representatives demonstrates the growing influence of the ultra-right in official Washington.

US coal giant seeks to eliminate health care for retirees

By Samuel Davidson, 28 September 2015

Years of working in the coal fields produce an array of health problems, from back and spine injury to black lung.

Los Angeles officials declare “state of emergency” over homelessness

By Kevin Martinez, 28 September 2015

The city has pledged a paltry $100 million toward reducing homelessness, most of which will go to the police to drive out homeless encampments.

“Conditions are verging on an explosion”

Bowling Green, Kentucky autoworker speaks out

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2015

An autoworker with two decades of experience spoke to the WSWS about worsening conditions in the GM facility where the Corvette is manufactured.

Autoworkers in major plants vote overwhelmingly against UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 26 September 2015

Thousands of workers across the US are rejecting the sellout agreement as opposition to the UAW-FCA alliance deepens.

Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2,200 steelworkers enters seventh week

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 26 September 2015

The United Steelworkers of America continues to isolate 2,200 steelworkers who have been locked out by ATI.

A tense visit by Chinese president to the White House

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2015

Obama and Xi both paid lip service to the need for greater cooperation, but the lack of agreement on key issues highlights the danger of confrontation and conflict.

US House Speaker John Boehner announces resignation

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2015

The leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives faced growing opposition from an ultra-right faction in his own party.

Notes on police violence in the US

Delaware police shoot wheelchair-bound man a dozen times

By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2015

Officers said the 28-year-old paraplegic man had a gun, a claim unsubstantiated by a bystander video and denied by his family.

Flint, Michigan residents fight lead poisoning of water supply

By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2015

The head of the Virginia Tech university team that conducted a survey of Flint’s water toxicity warned residents not to trust the government's claims that city water is safe to drink.

Steelworkers in Detroit call for common fight with autoworkers

By a reporting team, 26 September 2015

Workers in both the auto and steel industries are facing attacks on jobs, wages, health care benefits, and pensions.

Fiat Chrysler workers reject UAW contract at Michigan and Indiana plants

By Jerry White, 25 September 2015

The initial votes at major factories reveal the deep hostility of workers to the sellout agreement, which will attack wages, jobs and health benefits.

A reactionary Congress applauds the Pope

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2015

The address by Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress was a flagrant violation of the separation of church and state.

Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, pillar of Washington’s Middle East policy

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2015

The deaths of over 700 Muslim pilgrims near Mecca has underscored the deepening crisis of the Saudi monarchy, a pillar of US policy in the Middle East.

The Pope in America

By Tom Carter, 24 September 2015

As he parades through Washington at the center of a massive security operation, the pope looks out on an America whose democracy is in shambles.

Autoworkers defy UAW bid to ram through Fiat Chrysler contract

By Jerry White, 24 September 2015

Workers from Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant marched on the UAW headquarters in Detroit as opposition to the sellout contract by rank-and-file workers grows.

Healthcare cuts planned as part of UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 24 September 2015

Far more is involved in the agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler than is being openly stated by the union and the company.

Chinese president seeks to blunt Obama administration’s criticisms

By Peter Symonds, 24 September 2015

Behind the pomp and ceremony of Xi’s state visit to the US, Washington is preparing to take a confrontational approach to China.

Scott Walker quits Republican presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2015

The Wisconsin governor attracted billionaire support through his 2011 attack on public workers, but finished as an asterisk in the polls.

Following Detroit bankruptcy, billionaires snap up prime real estate

By Kathleen Martin, 24 September 2015

Led by Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert, the corporate and financial elite is restructuring the city post-bankruptcy to serve its own interests.

New York housing crisis impacts Brooklyn building workers and tenants

By Steve Light and Allen Whyte, 24 September 2015

Workers and tenants in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood are confronting a determined effort to drive them out of their building so it can be transformed into high-rent apartments.

The UAW-company productivity plan: A recipe for speedup and injuries

By Eric London, 24 September 2015

Autoworkers across the country, from Kansas City to Louisville and Ohio, are reporting that the auto companies are already speeding up production.

US pharmaceutical industry price-gouging and the case of Martin Shkreli

By Nick Barrickman, 24 September 2015

Shkreli’s actions represent nothing more than an unabashed and especially brazen form of everyday business practice under capitalism.

Nominee for FDA commissioner has close ties to drug industry

By Kate Randall, 23 September 2015

Pharmaceutical watchdog groups have noted Dr. Robert Califf’s long-held ties to the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry.

Third tier created for Mopar workers, axle operators in UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The creation of a lower pay scale for Mopar and axle workers is buried on pages 255-57 of the full contract and not included in the self-serving “highlights” released by the UAW.

Pope arrives in US amid heaviest security ever

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2015

The Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing tens of thousands of federal, state and local police and intelligence agents for events in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia.

Autoworkers denounce UAW efforts to force through deal with Fiat Chrysler

Many warn of ballot rigging to ensure “yes” vote

By Eric London, 22 September 2015

In the face of widespread opposition to the agreement, the UAW is seeking to hold votes as rapidly as possible, giving workers no time to study the contract and organize opposition.

UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal is a warning to John Deere workers

By George Gallanis, 22 September 2015

Discussions between the UAW and Deere, which began in late August, have been shrouded in secrecy, the same method the UAW has used in the auto negotiations.

Seattle teachers union pushes through sellout contract

By David Brown, 22 September 2015

Under pressure from the union, teachers in Seattle have accepted a sellout contract as other school districts continue to strike.

Detroit teachers union removes local president despite majority vote by membership

By Sheila Brehm, 22 September 2015

The executive board of the Detroit Federation of Teachers pushed through the removal of Steve Conn on trumped-up charges.

Notes on police violence

Family sues over death of inmate in Fishkill, New York prison

By Sandy English and John Marion, 22 September 2015

Prison authorities claimed that Harrell died of an overdose of synthetic marijuana, but an autopsy has shown that he had no chemical substances in his body.

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

By Jerry White, 22 September 2015

The fight to win the most elemental rights of workers, including a significant improvement in living standards and an end to the two-tier wage system, pits autoworkers in a struggle against the entire economic and political system.

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

For all of the US labor movement’s militancy, self-sacrifice and social power, its Achilles heel has been its failure to free itself from the political domination of capitalist parties and politicians.

Autoworker outrage erupts over UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout deal

Campaign for “no” vote grows

By our reporter, 21 September 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter is leading a campaign for a “no” vote and for workers to form rank-and-file committees, independent of the UAW, to organize opposition.

“The UAW is corporate now. They’re the police of the company.”

Autoworkers across the US outraged over UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 21 September 2015

As details emerge of the agreement made last week by Fiat Chrysler and the UAW, workers say the fact the union would agree to the deal is an insult to their intelligence.

Anger erupts at UAW meeting in Sterling Heights, Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2015

Norwood Jewell, the UAW vice president in charge of Fiat Chrysler, attended the meeting to help ram through the agreement reached between the UAW and FCA last week.

Lockout of US steelworkers at ATI enters sixth week

By Evan Winters, 21 September 2015

In the sixth week of the lockout, the company maintains a hard line and continues its efforts to operate with scab labor from Strom Engineering.

More bigotry from Republican presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, running second or third in polls of Republican presidential voters, said Sunday no Muslim should be allowed to become president of the United States.

Reject UAW sellout! Build rank-and-file committees to fight the union-company conspiracy against autoworkers!

By Jerry White, 21 September 2015

The UAW is pushing a deal that will establish permanently lower wages, shift the costs of health care onto workers, encourage back-breaking speedups and set the stage for a new round of layoffs and plant closings.

Obama’s hypocrisy over Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a clock to school

By David Walsh, 21 September 2015

The handcuffing and arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a digital clock to school in Irving, Texas, a Dallas suburb, was a repugnant act that smelled of racism and xenophobia.

UAW “highlights” of Fiat Chrysler deal expose corporate-union conspiracy against autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2015

Autoworkers should reject the sellout agreement—which will escalate the attack on jobs and living standards—with the contempt that it deserves.

Locked out Allegheny Technologies steelworkers continue fight

By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015

The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) at 12 mills in six states has entered its sixth week.

Contract worker killed at US Steel mill in Pittsburgh

By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015

Parrish Sewell, 44, fell to his death at the US Steel Edgar Thomson Plant Wednesday night in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

US poverty rate and income growth stagnated in 2014

By Niles Williamson, 19 September 2015

The US Census Bureau reported this week that staggering levels of poverty remained unchanged between 2013 and 2014 as median household income held steady.

Seattle teachers face sellout contract

By David Brown, 19 September 2015

Union officials are pushing a sellout contract on teachers after calling off the strike last Tuesday.

New York Times again mocks concerns over Jade Helm domestic military exercise

By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015

The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.

GM ignition defect settlement: A wrist-slap for corporate criminals

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The settlement announced Thursday in the GM ignition recall scandal is a travesty that allows the company to get off virtually scot-free for the criminal cover-up of a deadly safety defect.

Family of GM accident victim speaks

“I believe GM murdered my daughter”

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Leo and Mary Ruddy, parents of Kelly Erin Ruddy who died in the crash of her Cobalt in January 2010

New update in the contract fight

Fiat Chrysler autoworkers demand time to study contract before vote

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2015

Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the deep opposition to the tentative agreement in plants throughout the country, and warned against the UAW’s schemes to push the deal through.

Kokomo Transmission workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout

By Jerry White, 18 September 2015

Workers at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana expressed their anger, as details of the agreement signed by the UAW became known.

The UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal: A conspiracy against autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 17 September 2015

Both parties to the talks—Chrysler Fiat and the UAW—are businesses that derive their income from the exploitation of the workers.

US-Russian tensions rise over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2015

Tensions have continued to escalate over US allegations that Russia is establishing a “forward-operating air base” outside the port city of Latakia.

“They are using smoke and mirrors to fool the people”

Auto workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2015

After being kept in the dark for weeks, autoworkers expressed outrage over the refusal of the UAW to call a strike or reveal the content of the settlement.

Hewlett-Packard to cut 33,000 jobs

By a reporter, 17 September 2015

The cuts bring the job losses at HP to 87,000 in the past three years, one quarter of the total company workforce.

Oklahoma court issues stay of execution just hours before planned lethal injection

By Kate Randall, 17 September 2015

The court set a new execution date of September 30 to consider material supporting Richard Glossip’s claim of innocence.

UAW used threats to stop walkout at Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant

By Jerry White, 16 September 2015

Late shift workers at the Warren Truck Plant described the strikebreaking role of the UAW as the contract expired at midnight on Monday.

Minimum-wage workers cannot afford apartments in New York City

By Isaac Finn, 16 September 2015

According to a recent report, it is impossible for a worker making New York’s minimum wage to find an affordable apartment in any New York City neighborhood.