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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015
Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.
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.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 14 November 2015
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to an autoworker about working and growing up in Kokomo, Indiana.
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.
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.
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.
By Brad Dixon, 14 November 2015
The Novartis settlement is but another example of the rampant criminality and parasitism found throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
12 November 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.
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.
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”
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.
By James Brewer, 11 November 2015
State and local officials ignored health warnings in regard to the water supply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.