“You can’t treat human beings this way”
By a WSWS reporting team, 30 July 2014
The police killing of Staten Island resident Eric Garner has sparked broad outrage against the daily brutality unleashed on working people in New York City by police.
By Sam Davidson and Steve Filips, 26 July 2014
Steven Cooper, a contract worker in the Novelis Aluminum plant in Upstate New York, was killed June 30 while working at the plant’s remelt and recycling area.
By Alan Whyte, 26 July 2014
The LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions and New York’s Democratic-led state and city administrations.
“The NYPD is a gang”
By a reporting team, 21 July 2014
The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.
By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2014
A Staten Island man died Thursday after officers from the New York Police Department put him in a chokehold, piled on top of him and held his head down, constricting his breathing.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
By Jason Melanovski, 28 June 2014
Following the California court ruling striking down teacher tenure in the state, a corporate-backed education “reform” organization is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging New York state tenure and seniority laws for teachers.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 June 2014
Met general manager Peter Gelb’s announcement is an attempt to appease the right-wing Zionist lobby.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014
The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014
The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
The Working Families Party delivered its endorsement for the governor after bitter recriminations at its convention.
By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
A recent report provided details on the beatings, arrests, deportations and other abuses.
By Dan Brennan, 2 June 2014
New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is continuing the attacks against school bus drivers begun a year and a half ago.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014
An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.
By Sandy English, 20 May 2014
In a ruling designed to intimidate opponents of social inequality in the US, a judge in New York City sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to 90 days in jail.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 May 2014
The contract proposal includes a pay package designed to deprive teachers what is owed to them, and new attacks on public education.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 May 2014
The tentative agreement, designed to set a pattern, shows the role of the unions as guarantors of “labor peace.”
By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2014
Teacher evaluations were cited as a means of targeting and victimizing teachers in high-poverty areas.
By our reporters, 2 May 2014
By Sandy English, 24 April 2014
Within an hour of the first postings, hundreds of people had uploaded photographs of police brutality.
By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014
This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2014
Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014
The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 April 2014
In exchange for taking the 250 workers back, the company has obtained a statement from the union that the walkout was “illegal and unauthorized.”
By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014
The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.
By Our reporters, 9 April 2014
The lecture was a part of the tour to promote the new book, The Sky Between the Leaves, a selection of film reviews, interviews and essays on cinema and cultural issues.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 April 2014
Governor Cuomo, who is running for re-election this year, has made cutting taxes on the rich a primary goal of his administration.
By Steve Filips, 19 March 2014
This winter’s bitter cold, shabby housing and benefit cuts are driving New York’s fire wave.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2014
The gas explosion in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood is just one of a growing number of deadly incidents resulting from the decades-long neglect of infrastructure.
By Gabriel Black, 14 March 2014
The gas explosion that has killed at least eight people and demolished two buildings in New York City is a product of the metropolis’ failing and antiquated infrastructure
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014
Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 March 2014
Ten people are still missing and 60 were injured in the massive explosion, which destroyed two apartment buildings. There are signs that aging infrastructure is to blame.
By Clare Hurley, 11 March 2014
The relentless gentrification of working class neighborhoods poses the urgent need to fight for housing as a social right.
By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014
The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2014
New mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals reveal the emptiness of his campaign promises to address the growing poverty and unemployment that have made New York one of the most unequal cities in the world.
By Sandy English, 26 February 2014
District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2014
The stage is being set for concessions deals between the Democrat in City Hall and his partners in the trade unions.
By Alan Whyte, 18 February 2014
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has rejected a non-binding mediator’s proposal that Long island Railroad employees receive a wage increase.
By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014
The ATU’s betrayal of the New York City school bus strike a year ago has exposed the workers to savage attacks and revealed the utter bankruptcy of the trade union bureaucracy.
By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014
Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014
A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.
“No company will hire full-time anymore”
By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 6 February 2014
Economic conditions in Syracuse, in the center of upstate New York, reveal the real state of the Obama “recovery."
By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2014
De Blasio’s “reforms” add up to more of the same as far as the working class in the financial capital of the US is concerned.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2014
New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, presented a budget proposal that funds major tax cuts for corporations and wealthy individuals by continued austerity for the working class.
By Dan Brennan, 22 January 2014
Hospital workers occupied part of Interfaith Medical Center last Friday in response to the diversion of ambulances away from the financially troubled hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2014
Two thousand pages of newly released documents point to a coverup in regard to the closure of bridge lanes last September.
By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014
As with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, extreme weather has exposed the blight of extreme social inequality in New York City.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014
The new mayor, who cast his campaign as a crusade for equality, was sworn in by an ex-president whose policies were key to the record rise in inequality over the past two decades.
By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014
According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.
By Philip Guelpa, 31 December 2013
Following the recent stripping of constitutional protection for public pensions in Detroit, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for an all-out attack on public worker benefits.
By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013
The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 23 December 2013
Obama, backed by New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the teachers’ union, is promoting efforts to privatize public education.
By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2013
The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods
By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2013
The new first deputy mayor is an experienced member of the political establishment, and the return of Police Commissioner William Bratton assures Wall Street that there will be no “softness on crime.”
By Jeff Lusanne, 6 December 2013
Several technological systems in use for decades could have prevented the Metro North crash that killed four people.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013
The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013
An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.
By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013
Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.
By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013
Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013
General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.
By Philip Guelpa, 29 October 2013
One year after Hurricane Sandy, inadequate funding and bureaucratic delays have left hundreds of thousands in desperate conditions.
By Dan Brennan, 29 October 2013
The horrific fire that engulfed a Bronx apartment complex Friday evening and killed three young children has exposed the miserable conditions of life facing a large section of the working class in New York City.
By our reporters, 28 October 2013
The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013
The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.
By Alan Whyte, 22 October 2013
Hundreds of tenants demonstrated on Saturday in Manhattan against the decision by New York City housing officials to compel them to move from apartments deemed too large.
By Steve Filips, 19 October 2013
Every other child in Syracuse and other upstate New York cities is growing up in poverty.
By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013
Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.
By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2013
GE, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has announced hundreds of layoffs at its production facilities in Fort Edward and Schenectady, New York.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013
Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”
By Fred Mazelis, 2 October 2013
The sad end of the 70-year-old “people’s opera” will leave a void in New York and reflects the deepening inequality that permeates every sphere of social life.
By Sandy English, 23 September 2013
On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.
By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013
The Obama administration’s decision to intervene in opposition to the separation of church and state is entirely in line with its general assault on democratic rights.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 September 2013
In the latest incident of indiscriminant shooting by New York City police, bullets struck two bystanders during an attempt to subdue an unarmed, mentally unstable man.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2013
Bill de Blasio, New York City’s current Public Advocate, was the front-runner by a wide margin in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to select its candidate for mayor in November’s election to succeed Michael Bloomberg.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2013
Whoever is eventually chosen from among the big business candidates for the next mayor, workers will be facing major political battles.
By Alan Whyte, 29 August 2013
Tenants in both public and private housing are impacted by a deepening housing crisis in the world's wealthiest city.
By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013
Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.
By Sandy English, 23 August 2013
Developers of a new luxury condo have planned separate entrances for tenants who purchase million-dollar condos and workers renting lower-cost apartments.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 August 2013
A district court ruling draws renewed attention to the assault on the democratic rights of youth and the working class as a whole.
By Alan Whyte, 30 July 2013
The city proposes to deal with cuts in federal housing aid by making further attacks on the living conditions of tenants in housing projects.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013
The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.
By Dorian Griscom, 24 June 2013
As the numbers going into New York City’s shelters continue to rise, new housing is going up, but not for the homeless.
By Dan Brennan, 18 June 2013
Approximately 2,000 New York City school bus workers are facing layoffs next week as the city continues to dismantle job protections.
By Steve Light and Philip Guelpa, 7 June 2013
Democrats and United Federation of Teacher bureaucrats have forced through a new, right-wing evaluation program on teachers and students in New York City.
By Sandy English, 29 May 2013
With New York City education officials accepting bids without job protection provisions, some 2,000 out of the 9,000 school bus employees will lose their jobs when school ends.
By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013
A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 9 May 2013
The New York City Department of Education announced the next round of school bus contracts, which threaten to lead to mass layoffs and the replacement of current drivers and escorts with part-time workers earning a fraction of the pay.
By a reporting team, 9 May 2013
Workers discussed the daily problems they face as well as the broader lessons raised by the storm and the response to it.
By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 9 May 2013
The class divisions, inequality and environmental crisis laid bare by last fall’s hurricane continue to deepen.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2013
Consolidated Edison is giving its top executives bonuses for “exemplary” work in 2012, a year marked by a month-long lockout of 8,000 workers and a collapse of electrical power during Superstorm Sandy.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013
A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2013
Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2013
The recent arrests of numerous New York Democratic and Republican politicians on charges of bribery and influence-peddling provide a glimpse of the corruption that is an integral part of capitalist politics.
By Jerry White, 8 April 2013
A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 April 2013
School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.
By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013
Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013
After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.
After shooting of Kimani Gray
By Sandy English, 25 March 2013
The New York City Police Department has stationed hundreds of officers in the working-class neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn since protests erupted over the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 March 2013
The latest attack on school bus workers underscores the need for a united struggle to mobilize the industrial and political strength of the working class.
By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013
As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.