North America

“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”

As COVID-19 cases surge, Texas GM workers demand closure of factory

By Jerry White, 2 July 2020

Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.

“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”

Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19

By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020

Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.

Senate votes unanimously to extend CARES Act loan program despite businesses' plans to lay off thousands more

By Jacob Crosse, 2 July 2020

The corporate-government fraud known as the Payment Paycheck Protection program has done little to stave off massive job losses or small business closures while large banks and well-connected industries have profited handsomely

Arizona Department of Health Services activates plan to ration healthcare for COVID-19 patients

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 July 2020

As the pandemic surges throughout Arizona, the governor is seeking emergency support from the federal government to supplement the beleaguered hospital staff in hard-hit counties.

As union works with companies to beat back wildcat strikes

UAW president meets with prosecutor to avoid government takeover

By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020

There are signs of growing pressure within the state to shut down the investigation, with officials worried that this airing of the union’s dirty laundry could serve to further encourage rebellion.

“It’s back to the way it was before I made things public,” says whistleblower

As flights increase, airline workers face more COVID-19 dangers

By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020

Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.

Riverside, California Nurses strike continues as ICU beds reach capacity

By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020

Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity

After multiple shootings and two deaths

Seattle police forcibly end Capitol Hill Occupied Protest

By Kayla Costa, 2 July 2020

The protest tent site was overrun by more than one hundred local police and FBI officers armed with heavy riot gear and military-grade vehicles.

As pandemic spread accelerates

Wall Street celebrates biggest quarterly surge in more than 20 years

By Nick Beams, 2 July 2020

In the course of less than three months, the actions of the Fed—its reduction of interest rates to zero and purchases of debt across the board, including junk bonds—have put $7.1 trillion into the hands of stock investors and speculators.

Reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

By Kevin Reed, 2 July 2020

On Monday, the news aggregation site Reddit banned the pro-Trump r/The_Donald and the left-radical r/ChapoTrapHouse, along with hundreds of other subreddits, in a censorship move aimed at satisfying the demands of advertisers.

Teen shot in back by Louisiana police, charged with resisting arrest

By Aaron Murch, 2 July 2020

Tre’mall McGee’s mother has been demanding answers from the sheriff’s office for three months to no avail, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office until recently has been concealing that there was a shooting at all.

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives

By Andre Damon, 2 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy.

SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP Vice Presidential Candidate, 2 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates argued in court filings Tuesday that the state’s requirement that the candidates gather 200,000 voter signatures is impossible to meet during the pandemic and a violation of basic democratic rights.

Workers, young people denounce undemocratic efforts to keep Socialist Equality Party off the ballot in Michigan

By our reporters, 2 July 2020

Workers and youth voiced support for the SEP election campaign in the United States.

Caterpillar slashes jobs in Illinois, rewards corporate shareholders

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 July 2020

Caterpillar is one of many US-based corporations that have laid off workers and cut jobs and pay since the pandemic took hold in the US, as it continued to pay out dividends to investors.

Record 47.2 percent of working-age Americans without jobs

By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2020

According to the employment-population ratio, a more accurate measure of joblessness than the unemployment rate, a postwar record number of Americans were without work in May.

As COVID-19 infections explode in the US, Fauci warns of 100,000 new cases a day

By Barry Grey, 1 July 2020

Fauci's testimony underscored the grim reality that the pandemic in the US is now far more widespread than it was at its previous height in late March and early April.

New York City transit worker suffers miscarriage on the job

By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020

Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.

US House passes Washington D.C. statehood bill

By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2020

If made law, the bill would make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state.

Quebec’s hard-right premier reshuffles cabinet for stepped-up class-war assault

By Louis Girard, 1 July 2020

The cabinet shuffle inaugurates a new phase in the efforts of the Coalition Avenir Québec government to exploit the pandemic to restructure class relations at workers’ expense.

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 1 July 2020

Gilead’s declaration that it will charge over $3,000 per patient for the drug remdesivir sends a clear message that pharmaceutical companies plan to use the COVID-19 crisis to make billions of dollars.

New York Times’ Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other “amoral monsters”

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

The Times’ latest assault on the American Revolution is a part of the effort by the Democratic Party and its operatives to derail the popular multiracial protests against police violence in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

New report exposes staggering level of social inequality in Canada

By Louis Girard, 30 June 2020

Revealing the oligarchic character of Canadian society, the report found that the top one percent of Canadians own as much as the poorest 80 percent of the population.

Pandemic surpasses 10 million COVID-19 cases and over 500,000 deaths globally

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 June 2020

COVID-19 cases in the United States have careened out of control, with health care systems in Texas, Florida and Arizona nearing collapse.

Citing COVID-19 spread, EU denies US citizens entry to Europe

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2020

The American ruling elite’s catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is undermining Washington’s position overseas, with far-reaching implications.

COVID-19 cases surging rapidly in Florida

By Alex Johnson, 29 June 2020

The swelling of cases demonstrates the disastrous and homicidal nature of the back-to-work campaign and lifting of social distancing measures.

Arkansas continues to be ravaged by COVID-19

By Cordell Gascoigne, 29 June 2020

The state government has been pressing forward with reopening the economy at the expense of worker safety even as confirmed infections and deaths have been rising.

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting, “White Power”

By Jacob Crosse, 29 June 2020

Seeking to bolster an administration in crisis by appealing to the most backward and reactionary elements in society, Trump left the video on his timeline for over three hours before deleting it.

Ontario accelerates “reopening” of the economy as COVID-19 cases rise

By Matthew Richter, 29 June 2020

The Ford government announced that workers who test positive can be made to remain on the job if they show no symptoms, meaning that workplaces will become centres of mass infection.

Republicans introduce Senate bill to abolish strong encryption on consumer devices

By Kevin Reed, 29 June 2020

Three Republican Senators introduced a draft bill that would force tech companies to decrypt private consumer data on-demand for law enforcement.

University of Michigan Flint cuts 41 percent of lecturers

By Sheila Brehm and Sam Wayne, 29 June 2020

“I think higher education is over for the working class,” sociology lecturer Laura MacIntyre told the WSWS.

Autoworkers initiate new wave of struggles in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

By Marcus Day, 29 June 2020

Workers are forming new democratic organizations in order to protect their lives.

Another anti-Russian smear from the New York Times

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2020

The front-page article claiming the Russian government offered “bounties” for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan offers not a single fact to support its charges.

One person killed in attack on anti-police violence protest in Louisville, Kentucky

By Warren Duzak, 29 June 2020

The suspected shooter, Steven Lopez, had been arrested by police earlier this month and was known to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition.

Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions

Detroit Fiat Chrysler workers halt production for second day to demand COVID-19 protection

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020

The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.

As pandemic rages, Trump administration calls on Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 27 June 2020

An overturn of the Affordable Care Act would wipe out health care coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.

New York City police commissioner defends vehicular assault on protesters

By Erik Schreiber, 27 June 2020

Secure in the knowledge that city and state officials will support him, Commissioner Dermot Shea testified that officers who drove into a crowd of protesters last month did not violate department policy on the use of force.

New York City officials accused of undercounting and mismanagement after dozens of homeless COVID-19 deaths reported

By Sam Dalton, 27 June 2020

A new report gives an insight into the consequences of the city authorities’ malign neglect as the virus spread amongst the homeless in the center of global finance.

COVID-19 cases rise in Louisiana but governor refuses to reverse economic reopening

By Emma Arceneaux, 27 June 2020

The state's Democratic governor says restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls, gyms and many other businesses can operate at 50 percent occupancy.

Dole Foods in Ohio hit by 230 COVID-19 cases as food processing plants globally are ravaged by infections

By Alex Findijs, 27 June 2020

Food processing plants around the world continue to be hit by mass infections, even in countries that had largely stopped the spread of the disease.

Why the rush to end the Canadian military’s deployment in coronavirus-ravaged nursing homes?

By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2020

From the start, the military’s more than 20,000-strong COVID-19 deployment has been focused on protecting the interests of Canadian imperialism, at home and abroad.

Against public opposition, Michigan Democrats and Republicans push for unsafe reopening of schools

By Mitch Marcus, 27 June 2020

Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.

US professional sports confront an opponent that may be unbeatable: COVID-19

By Alan Gilman, 27 June 2020

Major League Baseball plans to begin play during the pandemic, but as with the other professional sports, and college football, the hope of resuming in the midst of the pandemic seems delusional.

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

As the globe rapidly approaches ten million cases of COVID-19, the United States continues to ignore any public health measures to contain the pandemic.

YDSA develops ties with SYRIZA youth, Greek party of austerity and police repression

By Sam Wayne, 27 June 2020

Members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America have published a joint statement with the youth section of SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left.”

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

In the one month since the killing of George Floyd, the mass, multi-racial and international demonstrations against police violence are in danger of being hijacked by a faction of the ruling class that is aggressively promoting a brand of racial-communal politics.

The United States nears a new one-day high of COVID-19 infections

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 June 2020

The United States neared a new one-day high in new cases of COVID-19, with 38,386 new infections, only a few hundred below the high set back on April 24 with 39,072 cases.

COVID-19 cases rapidly surge in Texas

By Trévon Austin, 25 June 2020

Texas confirmed over 5,000 cases for the first time on Tuesday.

IMF downgrades forecast for global economy

By Nick Beams, 25 June 2020

The global economy is predicted to take a $12 trillion hit over 2020 and 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic having a “catastrophic” effect on the world labour market.

As COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota, Wisconsin warehouses

Amazon worker’s job in limbo after seeking to take time off for injury

By Nick Barrickman, 25 June 2020

Seeking to take time off after breaking his wrist in a fall, the worker was denied access to his jobsite and had his identification card deactivated.

Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

Four nurses who worked at Sinai-Grace Hospital have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tenet corporation that operates the facility where dozens of people died from COVID-19 due to management’s cost-cutting.

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout US

Hundreds of thousands of Illinois workers forced to risk health for profits under “Phase 4” of economic reopening

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2020

A real answer to mass unemployment does not require putting hundreds of thousands of more workers’ lives at risk.

Tuesday primaries show rising popular discontent with Democratic Party establishment

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2020

Voter turnout swelled despite the coronavirus threat, with many voters choosing to vote early or cast mail-in ballots.

US Appeals Court orders case against Michael Flynn dismissed

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

A three-judge panel ruled by two-to-one on Wednesday that the perjury charges against the former Trump national security advisor—to which he had already pleaded guilty—should be quashed immediately.

California Democrats collaborate with state employees union to cut workers’ wages by 11 percent

By Alan Gilman, 25 June 2020

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 agreed to a two-year wage cut of over 11 percent for 96,000 custodians, administrators and nurses employed by the state government.

Canada: Media report says Ford may target Oakville assembly plant for closure

By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2020

Just weeks before contract negotiations are set to begin for almost 20,000 Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers, the media is reporting that Ford may phase out production at its Oakville assembly plant in coming years.

New York Times column: Pandemic shows need to curtail “unnecessary” and “wasteful” doctor’s visits

By Kate Randall, 25 June 2020

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar makes the remarkable argument that patients who have stopped going to the doctor during the COVID-19 outbreak “seem to have done OK,” and concludes that Americans have too much access to health care.

As the pandemic spirals out of control, Trump attacks testing, holds indoor rally in Phoenix

By Barry Grey, 24 June 2020

The deadly back-to-work drive is bipartisan, with Democratic governors and mayors taking the lead in reopening businesses and forcing workers back on the job without any real protection.

US: Bath shipyard workers strike over subcontracting and job cuts

By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2020

Some 4,300 workers walked out Monday at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, which builds destroyers for the US Navy.

US police received over $760 million of military gear in the past two years

By Trévon Austin, 24 June 2020

In the last three decades, over $5 billion worth of military equipment has been doled out to police departments across the country by the Department of Defense.

Fascist US Army soldier faces terrorism-related charges

By Jacob Crosse, 24 June 2020

Ethan Melzer, 22, is facing life in prison for passing on information regarding the deployment of his unit to an occult neo-Nazi organization, Order of the Nine Angels.

Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions

By Kevin Reed, 24 June 2020

The order extends and expands anti-immigrant restrictions on workers coming to the US for jobs in multiple industries.

Tennessee legislature passes anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill

By Warren Duzak, 24 June 2020

The Republican-backed bill would require doctors to refuse to provide abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Canada’s New Democrats prop up pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals

By Roger Jordan, 24 June 2020

Underscoring its support for the government’s $650 billion corporate bailout, the NDP again voted to keep the Liberals in office.

Trump in Tulsa: Fascist ranting and political debacle

By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2020

The BOK Arena was less than half-filled, according to official estimates, a signal of the deepening crisis of the Trump administration and his reelection campaign.

World coronavirus cases rocket past 9 million as pandemic accelerates

By Bryan Dyne, 22 June 2020

Public health expert warns that infections will not come in waves, but as “one very, very difficult forest fire of cases.”

Coronavirus spreading among agriculture and seafood workers in the US

By Emma Arceneaux, 22 June 2020

While immigrant farm workers are considered essential by the federal government, there have been no nationwide mandates placed on the agriculture industry to protect them from COVID-19.

Former Amazon worker Jana Jumpp says the nearly 1,600 COVID-19 cases she has counted in warehouses are “just the tip of the iceberg”

By Tom Carter, 22 June 2020

Jana Jumpp has tracked cases across 244 locations worldwide, including 236 in the US, and she has counted at least nine Amazon worker deaths.

Nationwide protests against police violence continue as LA County sheriffs kill two more

By Jacob Crosse, 22 June 2020

Thousands marched to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office Sunday demanding justice for slain 18-year-old Andres Guardado

US school districts posture as opponents of militarized schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 June 2020

The measures to remove police from schools are intended to deflect the anger of students and youth, and will in no way reduce the repressive presence of the state in schools.

New York Governor Cuomo reopens economy as COVID-19 infection rate rises across US

By Philip Guelpa, 22 June 2020

Governor Cuomo is implementing a reopening scheme that will reverse dramatic declines in COVID-19 infection and death rates effected by lockdown measures.

Further evidence of the criminality of the New York Democratic administration response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Clara Weiss, 22 June 2020

A Wall Street Journal analysis of the response by New York state to the COVID-19 pandemic paints a horrifying picture of preventable mass death in New York City hospitals.

Western Massachusetts psychiatric units facing imminent closure

By Ben Oliver, 22 June 2020

Trinity Health plans to close the three inpatient units of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, eliminating 202 jobs, 74 beds and the region’s only pediatric unit.

University of Chicago grad students disaffiliate from the American Federation of Teachers

By Andy Thompson, 22 June 2020

This case is only the latest in a series of bitter experiences grad students all across the country have had with AFT and other trade unions.

Quebec Solidaire backs Canadian elites’ disastrous handling of COVID-19 pandemic

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 22 June 2020

The pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire has endorsed the reckless, premature back-to-work drive which puts profits before human lives.

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

The justifiable demand for the removal of monuments to defenders of slavery and inequality has been unfairly accompanied by attacks against memorials to the men who led the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

The “60 Minutes” program was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Companies vow no more shutdowns for COVID-19 as US auto plants resume full production

By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2020

All the major carmakers have expressed their determination to continue production without interruption even as COVID-19 cases surge in many areas of the US.

Death of two workers sparks wildcat strike by 3,200 workers at auto parts plant in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 20 June 2020

When news broke that Luciano Romero Contreras, a 48-year-old janitor at Plant 52, had died the previous day, workers downed tools and began discussions at the facility and on social media.

US stokes India-China conflict, blames Chinese “aggression” for border clash

By Keith Jones, 20 June 2020

Senior US official David Stilwell provocatively told a press briefing that the Chinese army had “invaded” the “contested area” between India and China.

More provocations, threats from Trump ahead of Tulsa rally

By Barry Grey, 20 June 2020

In the run-up to his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma Saturday evening, President Donald Trump is focusing his energies on issuing threats against counter-protesters and incitements to fascistic elements and police officers.

“How can dissent be illegal when that is how the country was started?”

Oklahoma teachers oppose Trump and his Tulsa rally

By Phyllis Steele, 20 June 2020

Educators in Oklahoma, who waged a wildcat strike in 2018, are still ranked near the bottom in the US in pay and per pupil funding.

Millions across the US mark twenty-fifth day of mass demonstrations against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 20 June 2020

Ongoing demonstrations against police violence merged with celebrations of Juneteenth across the country on Friday as the Democratic Party attempts to adapt itself to the movement and inject racial identity politics.

Amy Klobuchar ends bid to become Biden’s running mate in favor of a “woman of color”

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 June 2020

Neither Klobuchar nor the “women of color” being considered for vice president have anything to do with progressive politics.

Richmond, Virginia police chief ousted following days of violent attacks on protesters

By Ray Coleman, 20 June 2020

Top-level changes at US police departments are bound to continue as public opinion increasingly turns against repressive state measures against peaceful demonstrators.

Aviation industry workers face deep cuts to pay and hours worldwide

By Steve Filips, 20 June 2020

Airlines are slashing jobs, pay, and hours of workers in a desperate attempt to bolster profits at worker expense during the pandemic.

Canada’s political establishment inject racialist narrative into protests against police violence

By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh are working to divert the mass anger over police brutality and racism along reactionary racialist lines.

Canada: Unifor urges acceptance of historic concessions in oil refinery lockout

By Carl Bronski, 20 June 2020

While the locked out workers have fought valiantly against an employer-government-police assault, the union has systematically isolated their struggle.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

The lawsuit is part of the SEP’s fight against an undemocratic electoral system that is designed to prevent any opposition to the two parties of the ruling class, the Democrats and Republicans.

Quebec film distributors censor Roman Polanski’s J’accuse

By Louis Girard, 20 June 2020

Yielding to the anti-democratic #MeToo campaign, distributors in Quebec refused to buy the rights to Polanski’s remarkable film about the Dreyfus Affair.

US jobless disaster intensifies as 1.5 million filed for unemployment last week

By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2020

Mass joblessness in the US is unlike anything seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Mass protests against police violence expand in advance of Juneteenth rallies across the US

By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020

Demonstrations have taken place in 1,670 US towns and cities in response to the killing of George Floyd, other murderous acts of violence by police and the repression of protesters.

Hundreds rally outside sheriff’s office demanding justice for Missouri woman killed by police

By Jacob Crosse, 19 June 2020

Friends, family and supporters turned out Thursday night in front of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office in rural Sedalia, Missouri, demanding justice for 25-year-old Hannah Fizer.

Bolton account of Trump White House: Another volley in the conflict within the US ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2020

Press reviews indicate that Bolton’s book attacks Trump entirely from the right, expressing particular bitterness that the administration did not go to war against Iran.

Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s plan to “immediately end” DACA

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 19 June 2020

A 5-4 majority cited the administration’s failure to provide a “reasoned explanation” as the basis for Trump’s decision to rescind an executive order issued by Obama in 2012.

US escalates trade and economic conflicts

By Nick Beams, 19 June 2020

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has delivered a broadside against the World Trade Organisation and indicated that trade negotiations with the European Union were going nowhere.

Anatomy of a Massachusetts nursing home catastrophe in the COVID-19 pandemic

By Julian James, 19 June 2020

The high-profile mass fatality events at nursing homes in Massachusetts have shown the state government’s unpreparedness to face the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 infections skyrocket in American prisons

By Sam Dalton, 19 June 2020

With coronavirus cases doubling in one month, US prisoners are at growing risk of infection and death.

CIA acknowledges its trove of cyber warfare tools was exposed by WikiLeaks in 2017

By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020

Portions of an internal CIA report on the 2017 exposure have been released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Frontier Communications executives receive bonuses with firm in bankruptcy

By Mark Witkowski, 19 June 2020

A U.S bankruptcy judge in late May approved $37.7 million in bonuses for executives at Frontier Communications corporation as the telecommunications firm navigates its way through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.