United States

Wages for low-income workers collapsed under Obama

By Andre Damon, 4 September 2015

Pay for a typical US worker has fallen by 4 percent since 2009, and the incomes of many lower-paid workers have fallen up to twice as fast.

Upwards of 100,000 people held in solitary confinement in the US

By Evan Blake, 4 September 2015

The steady growth in the practice of solitary confinement, long recognized as a form of torture, has created a social nightmare for tens of thousands imprisoned in the American gulag system.

Top aides to Hillary Clinton testify before Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015

While they obsess over the possible mishandling of classified information, the Republicans and media have been largely indifferent to the content of the emails released so far.

Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk jailed for contempt of court

By Ed Hightower, 4 September 2015

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis cited religious objections to gay marriage in refusing, in defiance of a federal court order, to issue marriage licenses.

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!

By Jerry White, 3 September 2015

Amidst rising anger among workers throughout the United States, the unions are working to suppress opposition to the relentless assault on wages and benefits.

Two California killings used as pretext for attack on immigrants

By Dorota Niemitz, 2 September 2015

Two violent felonies attributed to undocumented immigrants in California are being used to launch a vicious attack on the entire immigrant community.

As contract expires, USW orders steelworkers to stay on the job

By our reporters, 2 September 2015

Thousands of steelworkers rallied ahead of the expiration at midnight yesterday of three-year contracts covering 30,000 workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal.

US imperialism and the new race to the Arctic

By Clara Weiss, 2 September 2015

The US is increasingly vehement in its efforts to secure claims in the Arctic, with Obama becoming the first sitting US president to make an official visit to the region.

Autoworkers speak out

GM workers: “If we can’t gain when they’re making profits, we’ll never get anything”

By Jerry White, 2 September 2015

GM workers have overwhelmingly voted for strike action. The WSWS spoke to GM workers at the Arlington, Texas and Lordstown, Ohio plants.

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2015

The rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates is a noxious expression of the reactionary anti-immigrant policies pursued by both parties.

A&P supermarket chain asks bankruptcy court to overturn labor agreements

By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2015

A&P is asking the court to disregard provisions related to seniority and cut severance pay, amid threats to slash 22,000 jobs.

Haggen grocery chain announces store closures throughout the US

By Jake Dean, 1 September 2015

The United Food and Commercial Workers union has been silent on the store closures and mass layoffs.

Autoworkers speak out: Louisville, Kentucky Ford worker denounces UAW-company alliance

By Eric London, 1 September 2015

Nearly 10,000 autoworkers in Louisville, Kentucky produce trucks and SUVs for Ford Motor Company, which boasted near-record profits in the second quarter of this year.

Water shutoff moratorium in Flint as water crisis continues

By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2015

Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water.

New York Times paints Obama as “champion” of working people

By Andre Damon, 1 September 2015

The Times’ claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order.

Detroit Federation of Teachers president ousted by union executive board

By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 1 September 2015

The DFT removed Steve Conn, a leader of the pseudo-left By Any Means Necessary group, from the presidency, as Michigan officials move to reorganize the Detroit Public Schools.

Central banks step in to prop up global financial bubble

By Andre Damon, 31 August 2015

Once again, the world’s central banks and governments have made clear that they will do whatever it takes to preserve the wealth of the financial elite.

US steelworkers union blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts

By Jerry White, 31 August 2015

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.

Allegheny Technologies lockout enters third week

By Evan Winters, 31 August 2015

While it continues to isolate the locked-out workers, the USW organized a publicity stunt involving trade union officials from South Africa, Canada, Sweden and other countries last week.

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015

In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to rebuild popular support for the Democratic Party.

Notes on police violence in America

Black youth dies in Virginia jail cell after being held four months for alleged $5 theft

By Evan Blake, 31 August 2015

Jamycheal Mitchell’s family asserts that the youth, who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, died from starvation after police failed to transfer him to a mental health facility.

North Dakota authorizes police to use weaponized drones

By John Andrews, 31 August 2015

North Dakota has become the first state to authorize the use of armed drones by local police agencies, part of a growing trend to use unmanned aircraft against the population.

On 10-year anniversary of Katrina

Former presidents Bush and Clinton celebrate transformation of New Orleans

By Tom Hall, 31 August 2015

The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities.

Broad Foundation spearheads expansion of Los Angeles charter schools

By Marc Wells, 31 August 2015

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the brainchild of investment billionaire Eli Broad, is known for its involvement in the privatization of public education.

Eighty years after founding of UAW

Homeless American autoworker speaks out

By Zac Corrigan, 31 August 2015

Chris, a tier-two Fiat Chrysler worker, supports a family and lives in a motel across the street from his factory in Kokomo, Indiana.

A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015

Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.

Locked-out ATI steelworker injured by van carrying scab workers

By our reporters, 29 August 2015

Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security.

UAW begins contract talks with farm machinery maker John Deere

By George Gallanis, 29 August 2015

The UAW opened negotiations this week for a new contract covering 11,200 workers at the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery.

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

By Sandy English, 29 August 2015

Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.

Report documents pervasive shortcomings in US mental health insurance

By Trent Novak, 29 August 2015

Individuals seeking mental health treatment are twice as likely to have their claims denied by insurers than patients filing claims related to traditional medical procedures.

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Three

Part Three

By Eric London, 29 August 2015

The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working-class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.

David G. Spielman’s The Katrina Decade—An unsentimental look at how things are now

By Christine Schofelt, 29 August 2015

Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages.

Reports detail massive leaks from natural gas pipes in US

By John Marion, 28 August 2015

Private utilities are profiting from leaks caused by their own malfeasance, putting lives at risk and releasing potent greenhouse gas.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2015

The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime.

Seven million Americans in default on student loans

By George Gallanis, 26 August 2015

The current student loan debt, which includes government and private loans, is a staggering $1.19 trillion, more than either the auto loan or credit card debt in the US.

The New York City housing crisis and the $100 million penthouse

By Philip Guelpa, 26 August 2015

The acute shortage of affordable housing in New York City continues to worsen while the prices of luxury residences for the city’s elite rise to unprecedented heights.

Peru faces Wall Street downgrade

By Cesar Uco, 26 August 2015

The bid by the government of President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian bourgeoisie to market Peru as a haven for foreign capital is rapidly failing under the impact of deepening crisis.

Autoworkers speak out: GM worker in Wentzville, Missouri calls for international unity

By Eric London, 26 August 2015

Autoworkers are increasingly seeing the bankruptcy of the nationalist orientation of the UAW.

Pennsylvania: Democrats move to cut state worker and teacher pensions

By Samuel Davidson, 25 August 2015

The governor’s proposal would place the highest paid newly hired teachers and state workers into a 401(k)-style pension agreement.

Nearly 14 million Americans live in neighborhoods of extreme poverty

By Evan Blake, 24 August 2015

The growth of extreme poverty is rooted in decades of deindustrialization in America’s former manufacturing hubs.

Lockout of 2,200 workers at Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer enters second week

By Evan Winters, 24 August 2015

The United Steelworkers union is isolating locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc., which is demanding steep cuts and the conversion of the workforce into low-wage casual labor.

St. Petersburg, Florida: Millions of gallons of untreated sewage pumped into bayou

By Matthew MacEgan, 24 August 2015

St. Petersburg has been carelessly pumping raw sewage into local neighborhoods and Tampa Bay in order to cut costs.

Autopsy reveals St. Louis police shot teenager Mansur Ball-Bey in the back

By Evan Blake, 22 August 2015

The autopsy results, along with witness testimony, strongly indicate that St. Louis police lied to cover up a brutal murder committed by two of their officers.

New York City lawyers suggest health care provider committed a crime in death of Rikers Island inmate

By Isaac Finn, 22 August 2015

Court documents indicate that New York City will opt out of a contractual obligation to defend the health care provider at Rikers Island.

Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2015

The much-publicized encounter sheds light on the essentially right-wing character of both the Democratic frontrunner and the proponents of identity politics.

Locked out Allegheny Technology steelworkers determined to fight

By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 August 2015

Locked out workers and their supporters in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their struggle.

Brutal crackdown on protest against police violence in St. Louis, Missouri

By Evan Blake, 21 August 2015

As a crowd of roughly 100 people gathered after police murdered Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, authorities responded by sending a SWAT team in an armored vehicle.

“Lay us off now,” Chicago Teachers Union official says

By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015

Jesse Sharkey, a leading member of the International Socialist Organization and the second in command at the CTU, is advising district officials on how best to enact mass layoffs.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015

The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.

Escalating heroin epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 21 August 2015

Central Appalachia’s largest city has seen at least 520 drug overdoses since the beginning of the year, and 34 people have died.

US steelworkers, autoworkers demand wage hikes in new contracts

By Jerry White, 20 August 2015

Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.

Amazon office workers subjected to brutal exploitation

By Gabriel Black, 20 August 2015

Amazon’s white-collar employees are routinely expected to work 80 hour workweeks and are penalized for any lost productivity, including from pregnancy or serious illness.

Need for food assistance rising in US despite claims of recovery

By Shannon Jones, 20 August 2015

Food banks and food pantries report that millions of families are still making difficult choices between eating and paying for other necessities

Albuquerque police officers who killed homeless man to stand trial for murder

By D. Lencho, 19 August 2015

A judge ruled Tuesday in favor of trying two Albuquerque Police Department officers for the shooting death of James Boyd in March 2014.

US states move to cut Planned Parenthood funding

By Kate Randall, 19 August 2015

Officials in a number of Republican-controlled states are seeking to cut funding to the group that provides reproductive and health services to 5 million women annually.

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2015

Seven years after the Wall Street crash, fears are growing within ruling circles internationally that the world capitalist economy is descending into depression.

Payment for services rendered: Obama prepares to cash in on presidency

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2015

A New York Times article Monday described the process of aggressive fundraising for a billion-dollar “post-presidency.”

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant appears with Sanders at Democratic Party rally in Seattle

By Eric London, 19 August 2015

By functioning as campaign staffers for Sanders, Sawant and Socialist Alternative are responding to a deepening crisis within the Democratic Party.

Julian Bond, veteran of early civil rights struggle and pillar of establishment, dies at 75

By Fred Mazelis, 19 August 2015

The outpouring of official tributes illustrates the political trajectory of the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015

The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.

As contract deadline nears

US Steel to close blast furnace, cut 1,100 jobs at Alabama mill

By Jerry White, 18 August 2015

The job cuts by US Steel and the lock out of Allegheny Technology workers are aimed at blackmailing workers into accepting sweeping concessions.

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015

The overwhelming strike votes by Fiat Chrysler workers stand in sharp contrast to the continued stonewalling by UAW leaders on the content of negotiations.

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.

Hugo Pinell, last of the “San Quentin Six,” murdered in prison

By Evan Blake and Patrick Martin, 18 August 2015

The long-time political prisoner was killed only two weeks after he was released into the general prison population after more than 40 years of solitary confinement.

Alabama budget proposals threaten state Medicaid program

By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2015

Drastic cuts proposed in the state legislature would put an end to Medicaid in Alabama, as the program depends on matching funds from the federal government.

Pennsylvania budget stalemate in seventh week

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2015

The state's homeless shelters, food banks, and early childhood programs are starting to run out of money.

AT&T collaboration with the NSA reveals US corporate-intelligence nexus

By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015

Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.

Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer locks out 2,200 workers

By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.

Fiat-Chrysler workers overwhelmingly support strike action

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015

Autoworkers told the WSWS that strike authorization votes this week passed by a landslide at Chrysler’s Jefferson North and Belvidere Assembly plants.

Republican candidate Trump backs deportation of millions

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015

Billionaire Donald Trump has called for deporting all 11 million undocumented workers, as well as their children born in the United States.

Kerry travels to Cuba to raise flag at American embassy

By Eric London, 15 August 2015

The ceremony marked a further step in “normalizing” relations, i.e., opening up Cuba for exploitation by US corporations.

Connecticut high court rules state death penalty unconstitutional

By Kate Randall, 15 August 2015

The state court’s 4-3 ruling declared that in the modern age the death penalty meets the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Kentucky county official defies court order on gay marriage

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2015

The Rowan County clerk has refused to issue any marriage licenses at all since the Supreme Court decision striking down all bans on gay marriage.

Hillary Clinton forced to surrender email server to FBI

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2015

The reversal of her previous refusal to hand over the server came amid reports that emails stored on it contained “top secret” information.

Canada-US frictions flare over Trans Pacific Partnership

By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2015

Canada’s government and business elite are livid over a US-Japanese deal that would undermine its privileged access to the US auto market.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

Democratic Party moves to drop “Jefferson-Jackson” name from fundraisers

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2015

The move to disassociate the Democratic Party from the two figures it has long claimed as its founders, allegedly because they were slave-owners, marks a new milestone in the party’s embrace of identity politics.

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2015

With US automakers recording massive profits UAW officials are striving to dampen expectations

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

By Eric London, 12 August 2015

Prison guards tortured and beat dozens of inmates following the escape of two prisoners in June, hanging one with a plastic bag until he lost consciousness.

Three million gallons of hazardous mine waste released into Colorado river

By Kevin Martinez, 12 August 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the spill occurred when employees were investigating contamination at the Gold King Mine above Silverton.

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

St. Louis County declares state of emergency in crackdown against police violence protests

By Evan Blake, 11 August 2015

Police arrested over 100 demonstrators Monday and shot an 18-year-old near protests commemorating the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

US presidential candidate Bobby Jindal calls for prosecution of “sanctuary city” mayors

By E.P. Bannon, 11 August 2015

Jindal said he would prosecute mayors of so-called “sanctuary cities” as accomplices to any crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

Northern Virginia schools face major budget cuts

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2015

The proposal would lead to the reduction or outright elimination of sports programs and activities such as band and drama.

Protesters denounce military legislation as Japan marks anniversary of nuclear bombings

By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2015

A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution.

Pentagon manual justifies war crimes and press censorship

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2015

The 1,165-page document elaborates a legal rationale for mass killings, detention of civilians and persecution of journalists, among other criminal actions.

The covert “selling” of anticommunism

The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 11 August 2015

The Mighty Wurlitzer is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against militant, anti-capitalist and particularly socialist thought.

Conflict within US political establishment over Iran nuclear accord intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2015

The conflict within the American state presents the spectacle of a large majority in Congress pushing for imminent war against Iran.

Police murder and class rule in America

By Andre Damon, 10 August 2015

The epidemic of police killings in the US is an expression of a diseased society in which unending violence abroad is combined with vast inequality and financial parasitism at home.

US psychologists’ convention bans participation in torture

By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015

The American Psychological Association overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday banning participation in national security interrogations.

Report shows continuing stagnation in US jobs, wages

By Tom Hall, 8 August 2015

Friday’s jobs report shows that the American labor market failed to make any meaningful improvements last month as conditions for American workers continue to stagnate or decline.

Syracuse, New York ravaged by unemployment, poverty and low wages

By Steve Filips, 8 August 2015

Despite a decline in the official unemployment rate, thousands of people living in New York’s fifth largest city continue to struggle to find jobs and earn a decent living.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

Obamacare enrollees highly dissatisfied with health coverage

By Kate Randall, 7 August 2015

A new poll finds that only 30 percent of people with insurance through the ACA exchanges are satisfied with their plans, mainly due to cost.

Buffalo, New York: Opioid overdosing reaches epidemic proportions

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2015

There were 10 overdoses in a single day last month, including one death, with one woman overdosing twice within three hours.

Wildfires spread in Northern California

By Kevin Martinez, 7 August 2015

Over 13,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as about two dozen fires consume more than 142,000 acres.

Higher rates approved for California utilities

By Adam Mclean, 7 August 2015

The California Public Utilities Commission has rubber-stamped a regressive measure that will force most Californians to pay higher water bills.

Obama speech on Iran: Collapse of nuclear deal will mean war

By Barry Grey, 6 August 2015

Obama’s attempt to cast the policy shift toward Iran as a commitment to peaceful diplomacy and adherence to international law is a transparent fraud.

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015

Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance.