United States

Protests erupt in Chicago after release of video showing police murder of 17-year-old

By Nick Barrickman and Joseph Kishore, 25 November 2015

The video release comes more than one year after the brutal killing of Laquan McDonald and in the face of a systematic cover-up by the Chicago Police Department and the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Masked gunmen open fire, wound five at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis

By Nick Barrickman, 25 November 2015

The gunmen opened fire at activists protesting the November 15 shooting of unarmed 24-year old Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police. None of the injuries were fatal.

Thousands of Chicago teachers rally to defend jobs

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2015

Teachers who have been working without a contract for five months were offered no way forward at Monday’s rally by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Right-wing Democrat wins governorship in Louisiana

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2015

John Bel Edwards, a state legislator and former Army Ranger, defeated US senator David Vitter in a November 21 runoff election.

Obama orders probe of “faulty intelligence” on ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2015

Underlying the altered intelligence reports is the duplicitous US policy in Syria, which remains focused on achieving regime change.

“It seems it was going to pass regardless.”

Accusations mount of UAW vote-rigging in Ford contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 24 November 2015

Attention in particular is focused on UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan where a huge “yes” vote allegedly provided the margin for ratification by a razor-thin 51 percent.

The UAW’s illegitimate vote at Ford

Form rank-and-file factory committee to carry forward the fight!

By Jerry White, 24 November 2015

The resort to fraud by the UAW has taught thousands of workers that the United Auto Workers is nothing but a corporate syndicate of cheap labor contractors.

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

By Jerry White, 23 November 2015

The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.

Australia: Labor Party attacks government over Chinese port contract

By James Cogan, 23 November 2015

Labor’s subservience to Washington and the US-Australia alliance is in line with its entire history.

“The workers will never forget what happened here”

Dearborn Assembly workers allege fraud in UAW-Ford contract vote

By Tim Rivers, 23 November 2015

Autoworkers reacted with disbelief, anger and profound skepticism to the United Auto Workers’ announcement Friday that its agreement with Ford had been ratified with 51 percent support.

New York City police deploy new counterterrorism unit

By Sandy English, 23 November 2015

The ultimate purpose of the new police unit is to deal with opposition from the city’s increasingly impoverished working class to growing social inequality and the drive toward war.

City of Chicago prepares crackdown on protests in advance of release of police murder video

By Kristina Betinis, 23 November 2015

On November 19, Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ruled in favor of the release of dash camera video depicting an officer shooting an African-American youth 16 times.

More than 500,000 homeless in the US

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2015

In January 2015, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development counted 564,708 homeless in the US, a quarter of them children.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

UAW says contract passed at Ford amidst claims of ballot stuffing, intimidation

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2015

With only the Dearborn Assembly Complex still to finish voting, the contract was headed for defeat on Thursday, as the UAW required an overwhelming majority “yes” vote at the remaining plants.

UAW announces ratification of GM contract, overriding skilled trades vote

By our reporter, 21 November 2015

Skilled trades workers rejected the UAW-GM deal by nearly 60 percent, which according to the UAW constitution means the contract did not pass.

“I am not surprised…because that’s the way they treat us”

More autoworkers denounce UAW attack on WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters

By our reporters, 21 November 2015

Autoworkers from throughout the US are denouncing the actions of UAW officials in throwing Autoworker Newsletter reporters out of a press conference on Wednesday.

NSA documents reveal bulk email collection continues despite official claims

By Nick Barrickman, 21 November 2015

Despite the rhetoric of reform from President Obama and other politicians and officials, illegal electronic surveillance programs have continued to expand.

US meatpacking giant Tyson announces closure of two plants

By James Brewer, 21 November 2015

The layoffs are a direct product of the corporate drive toward monopoly, the rationalization of production and the slashing of labor costs in pursuit of ever greater profits.

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2015

Whether or not the UAW succeeds in securing or manufacturing a “yes” vote, the developments at Ford have once again exposed the unbridgeable gulf between the UAW and the workers it claims to represent.

With contract facing defeat UAW bullies Michigan Ford workers to ratify deal

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2015

Ford workers in Dearborn, Michigan are casting the deciding votes on the national contract as the UAW pursues a heavy-handed last minute ratification push.

Autoworkers denounce UAW attack on WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters

By our reporters, 20 November 2015

The forcible removal of WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from a press conference exposes the UAW’s fear of and hostility to the workers that it claims to represent.

Study finds 100,000 to 240,000 Texas women have attempted self-induced abortions

By George Gallanis, 20 November 2015

The study comes in the wake of 2013 legislation that saw the number of abortion clinics in Texas fall from 41 to 18.

Trudeau promises Obama an enhanced Canada-US partnership

By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2015

In his first formal meeting with Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister pledged closer economic and security collaboration with the US, including in the war in Iraq and Syria.

With Ford pact in jeopardy, UAW intensifies economic blackmail

By Jerry White, 19 November 2015

After Ford workers at two Louisville factories overwhelmingly voted “no,” the United Auto Workers held a hastily called press conference to threaten workers with plant closings and layoffs.

Injunction issued against Kohler strikers in Wisconsin

By James Brewer, 19 November 2015

The restraining order was issued by a Sheboygan County circuit court judge after the company filed a complaint charging that pickets were causing a traffic jam.

Video shows UAW officials grabbing cell phone, forcibly ejecting WSWS reporters from press conference

By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2015

The UAW’s thuggish actions against the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reflect its hostility to the working class and its fear of any exposure of its conspiracy with the auto companies.

US politicians seize on Paris attacks to promote xenophobia

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015

Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have called for the closure of mosques, a religious check on refugees and even the use of concentration camps to hold migrants.

“It’s pretty obvious that the UAW is a pro-company organization”

Chicago Ford workers reject UAW-corporate agreement

By our reporters, 19 November 2015

Workers who rejected the sellout agreement at the Chicago Assembly and Louisville Assembly plants spoke with the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

US and Turkey planning new military operations along Syrian border

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015

The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.

Notes on police violence

Minneapolis police break up protest over killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark

By Niles Williamson and Stuart Winter, 19 November 2015

Police dressed in military fatigues and armed with riot gear on Wednesday broke up a tent encampment protesting the killing of Jamar, who died Monday night.

US president reproaches Australian PM over Darwin port deal

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2015

Amid rising tensions with Beijing, Obama said Washington should have had “a heads-up” over a Chinese company winning the northern Australian port lease.

After Paris attacks, NATO powers press for military escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 18 November 2015

The international coalition the French government claims it is trying to assemble with Russia and the US against the Islamic State militia is riven with contradictions.

US officials seize on Paris attacks to press for “back door” to encryption

By Joseph Kishore, 18 November 2015

Intelligence officials have long complained that encryption has undercut their illegal efforts to monitor all communications, allowing individuals to “go dark” and avoid surveillance.

Washington’s gunboat diplomacy in Manila

By Joseph Santolan, 18 November 2015

In a speech from the deck of a Philippine navy frigate, Obama pledged over a quarter of billion dollars to escalating military tensions in the South China Sea.

As vote tightens, Ford workers denounce UAW sellout

By Jerry White, 18 November 2015

Nearly half of Ford’s 53,000 workers began voting Tuesday at four major plants in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, following the rejection of the contract at Kansas City Assembly.

City University of New York faculty protest for higher wages and defense of education

By Isaac Finn, 18 November 2015

After five years without a contract, hundreds of CUNY faculty held a protest in Manhattan to demand an increase in salary and an end to the attack on public higher education.

UAW contracts sanction moves to eliminate small car production in US

By Eric London, 17 November 2015

The United Auto Workers rejects any struggle to unify workers in Mexico, Canada and the US in a common fight against the transnational auto giants.

“It’s terrible, a slap in the face”

Kansas City autoworkers vote “no” on UAW-Ford contract

By our reporters, 17 November 2015

Opposition to the contract at Ford is widespread, with at least 45 percent of workers voting “no” thus far, including 54 percent at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Wisconsin Kohler workers strike against two-tier wage

By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2015

On Monday, a huge crowd of strikers and supporters blocked traffic outside the headquarters of the plumbing, kitchen and bathroom supply company.

Protests erupt after Minneapolis police shoot unarmed man, “execution style”

By Anthony Bertolt, 17 November 2015

According to dozens of witnesses, Jamar Clark was handcuffed and laying on the ground when police officers pinned him down and fired a round into his head early Sunday morning.

Liberal propagandists in US agitate for total war in Syria and Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 17 November 2015

Among the chief warmongers are the New York Times’ Roger Cohen and the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, who jumped at the opportunity to call for the massive expansion of US-led military intervention.

The class character of the student protests on US campuses

By David Walsh, 17 November 2015

The student protests initiated over the past two weeks have a decidedly upper middle class character, aimed not at fighting for social equality but at carving out greater privileges for relatively privileged African American and other minority professionals.

With US backing, France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

The major imperialist powers are moving rapidly to escalate their military intervention in Syria in the wake of Friday night’s terror attack in Paris.

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015

The Democratic presidential debate Saturday night began with all three candidates pledging support to imperialist military intervention in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.

“Ford is making record profits…and we’re living paycheck to paycheck”

Widespread opposition to UAW-Ford sellout deal as voting continues

By Marcus Day, 16 November 2015

Supporters of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaigned for a “no” vote among Ford workers at plants in Michigan and Illinois over the weekend.

Obama administration continues to suppress report on CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2015

The Department of Justice has instructed its employees not to read the report, and the State Department has stamped the report, “Do Not Open, Do Not Access.”

Study shows US charter schools pocketing billions with no accountability

By Walter Gilberti, 16 November 2015

“Charter School Black Hole” exposes the Department of Education’s failure to oversee the profitable—and sometimes criminal—financial dealings of the charter school industry.

Michigan policeman who severely beat motorist Floyd Dent on trial for assault

By Lawrence Porter, 16 November 2015

Melendez’s actions only came to light after the release through Freedom of Information requests of videos that had been hidden by the police with the help of local officials.

California: Kaiser Permanente mental health workers set to strike

By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015

Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.

US-backed offensives seize towns in northern Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2015

Under the fraudulent cover of a “war against ISIS,” Washington is spearheading yet another military escalation of the new imperialist scramble to redivide the Middle East.

US flies nuclear-capable bombers close to Chinese islets

By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2015

Washington’s latest military provocation in the South China Sea takes place on the eve of international summits in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.

UAW delays ratification of GM contract as it attempts to ram through deal at Ford

By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2015

The rejection of the deal by skilled trades workers at General Motors was a reflection of widespread opposition to the contracts, which the UAW is seeking to override.

Autoworker speaks out: Life for young workers in America’s rustbelt

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to an autoworker about working and growing up in Kokomo, Indiana.

US Supreme Court threatens to limit class actions and access to jury trials

By John Andrews, 14 November 2015

The Supreme Court is considering a case that could overturn almost seven decades of law by throwing out a verdict against a large corporation found to have denied workers required wages.

Chicago Teachers Union holds mock strike vote as it prepares to back massive cuts

By Kristina Betinis, 14 November 2015

The teachers union has held so-called practice strike votes while working closely with the school board and the city to impose historic attacks on working conditions and benefits.

Low-income housing complex in Jacksonville, Florida under investigation

By Matthew Taylor, 14 November 2015

Global Ministries Foundation has come under federal investigation for the deplorable living conditions at its Eureka Gardens housing complex.

Drug maker Novartis pays $390 million to settle kickback claims

By Brad Dixon, 14 November 2015

The Novartis settlement is but another example of the rampant criminality and parasitism found throughout the pharmaceutical industry.

Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

Every social problem in the United States is treated as a police question, an occasion to increase the powers of the state and its bodies of armed men.

Eight-year-old Alabama boy charged with murder

By David Brown, 13 November 2015

Increasingly, children in the United States are being charged and incarcerated for serious crimes they have no competency to commit.

Opposition grows as votes begin on UAW-Ford sellout

By Shannon Jones, 13 November 2015

Sterling Axle workers in suburban Detroit picketed a UAW information meeting to call for a “no” vote on the tentative agreement

Los Angeles Police Department shootings doubled in a single year, report shows

By Dan Conway and Marc Wells, 13 November 2015

LAPD officers are killing nearly two people each month, despite a slowing rate of homicides in the city overall.

Teamsters union pulls stunt strikes at southern California ports

By Marc Wells, 13 November 2015

The Teamsters have organized eight bogus strikes of truck drivers in two years at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in pursuit of increasing union membership.

Obama backs $607 billion Pentagon bill that bars Guantanamo closing

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2015

Nearly seven years after the US president promised to shut down the infamous prison camp, he is again signing into law a bill that mandates it remain open.

US Supreme Court expands immunity for killer cops

By Tom Carter, 12 November 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision reflects the fact that, in the face of rising popular anger over police killings, all of the branches of government are closing ranks behind the police.

Anger grows as Ford workers begin voting on UAW sellout

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2015

The UAW is attempting to rush through a contract ratification vote without giving workers time to analyze the agreement and mobilize opposition.

Kraft Heinz and Alcoa among companies cutting hundreds of jobs in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2015

Kraft has four plants with 1,279 workers scattered throughout upstate New York of which three were slated to be closed.

At Republican presidential debate

“Wages are too high,” declares billionaire Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015

Tuesday night’s Republican debate was a blunt expression of the class policy of the US financial elite: cut wages to boost corporate profits.

Vote “no” on UAW-Ford sellout contract!

12 November 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.

Paramilitary police in Miami force passengers to leave plane at gunpoint

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2015

In a pattern becoming increasingly familiar throughout the United States, a minor security incident was used to launch a military/police lockdown at Miami International Airport Monday.

Military maneuvers force LA Airport to reroute flights

By Alan Gilman, 11 November 2015

Military exercises, which began on Friday, November 6, and are expected to continue for about one week, are being conducted over the Pacific Ocean in an area just west of Los Angeles.

“The UAW is a shill for the company”

UAW-Ford deal creates new tier of low-paid workers

By Jerry White, 11 November 2015

While falsely claiming to have created a “path” to traditional wages for second-tier workers, the UAW-Ford contract creates a third tier of workers at three plants.

Michigan political crisis over lead poisoning in Flint

By James Brewer, 11 November 2015

State and local officials ignored health warnings in regard to the water supply.

Steelworkers’ union may cut strike pay for 2,200 locked-out workers

By Evan Winters, 11 November 2015

Locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. report that the USW is considering a plan to cut their grossly inadequate strike pay.

UAW Ford Council approves sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2015

The council rubber stamped the contract at a hastily convened meeting at the UAW-Ford National Program Center even before the final approval of the GM settlement.

University of Missouri president resigns amid protests over racist incidents

By Kate Randall, 10 November 2015

Tensions escalated on Monday, with a student on hunger strike, others camped out with him in solidarity and faculty members canceling two days of classes in lieu of a teach-in.

Jordanian police captain opens fire at US-run training center in Amman

By Thomas Gaist, 10 November 2015

A Jordanian police officer, who reportedly worked as a trainer at the US-run facility, killed at least two American military contractors before being killed himself in a firefight.

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2015

“Stability,” in Washington’s lexicon, is synonymous with American dominance, which it has always pursued through ruthless and violent means.

Bernie Sanders’ first campaign ad: From “political revolution” to “real change”

By Tom Hall, 10 November 2015

Consisting of clichés and recycled Obama campaign slogans, the ad reflects the efforts of the Sanders campaign to tone down its “left” rhetoric and make the Vermont senator a more marketable political commodity in wealthy circles.

UAW scabs do bidding of US auto companies

By Jerry White, 9 November 2015

The UAW is seeking to rush through a new contract on Ford workers, finalizing its campaign to impose the dictates of the auto executives and Wall Street.

Ford workers denounce UAW efforts to push through sellout contract

By our reporters, 9 November 2015

The UAW is moving quickly to force Ford workers to vote on a sellout deal, with the UAW Council meeting today and votes planned for as soon as this week.

UAW prepares to override skilled trades workers’ rejection of GM contract

By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2015

According to the UAW’s bylaws, for a contract to pass it must be backed by both production and skilled trades workers, and the latter rejected the deal with GM by nearly 60 percent.

New York attorney general to investigate ExxonMobil over climate change falsifications

By Nick Barrickman, 9 November 2015

The attorney general is seeking access to financial records that may show the company misled corporate investors about the effects of climate change on the oil giant’s bottom line.

Leading New York state politicians on trial for corruption

By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2015

The corruption trials of two prominent New York politicians, Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, on fraud, extortion, bribery, and other charges, begin this month.

The ominous backdrop of California’s End of Life Option Act

By Norisa Diaz, 9 November 2015

The enthusiasm of the Brown administration for the legislation is based not solely on the autonomy and compassion it can grant the terminally ill, but on its cost-saving potential.

Illinois cop, supposed victim of the “war on police,” exposed as thief and would-be killer

By David Walsh, 9 November 2015

The supposed murder of Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake, Illinois Police Department, the massive manhunt it generated and the exposure of his death as a suicide is a telling episode.

UAW seeks to ram through Ford deal as results at GM show split vote

By Shannon Jones and Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2015

The announcement of a deal at Ford came the same day that the UAW reported that skilled trades workers had voted against the agreement at GM.

“Positive” US jobs report belied by mass layoffs

By Josh Varlin, 7 November 2015

While the US economy added more jobs in October than in previous months, the great majority of new jobs were in low-wage sectors of the economy.

Bus crash kills six migrant workers in Arkansas

By Tom Eley, 7 November 2015

The crash in Arkansas underscores the highly exploitative nature of farm labor in the US, which is heavily dependent on undocumented and itinerant immigrant workers.

US defense secretary steps up threats against China

By Nick Beams, 6 November 2015

Ashton Carter’s appearance on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is a further intensification of the US military push against China.

Stiff opposition to UAW-GM deal as balloting concludes

By Jerry White, 6 November 2015

Despite the all-out effort of the UAW to ram through the sellout deal, which will expand the two-tier wage system, large numbers of autoworkers are voting “no.”

Skilled trades workers voting against UAW-GM agreement

By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2015

According to the UAW constitution, a contract must be supported by both production and skilled trades workers, though the union has simply overridden this requirement before.

Death at Decatur tubing plant highlights unsafe working conditions in Alabama

By Shelley Connor, 6 November 2015

The death of Tim Cooper at Independence Tube is only the latest in a string of industrial accidents caused by unsafe working conditions in Alabama.

Number of people killed by police this year in US surpasses 1,000

By Andre Damon, 5 November 2015

Police murders have continued unabated, as has the defense of killer cops by the political establishment, from local prosecutors to the Obama administration.