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Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 10 November 2018

If approved, the contract would create a new tier of lower-paid drivers, maintain poverty-level wages of part-time warehouse dockworkers, and continue the undermining of full-time positions.

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2018

The Republican Party retained control of the US Senate, gaining several seats, while the Democrats swept a series of governorships in the Midwest.

Billionaires, corporate money swing toward Democrats

By our reporter, 7 November 2018

The 2018 campaign is the most expensive congressional election ever, with more than $5.2 billion raised and spent.

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

By Will Morrow, 7 November 2018

The Teamsters union has already declared it will refuse to call out UPS small package workers in the event of a strike or lockout in the freight division.

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.

Canada to dramatically hike, expedite deportations to “secure” borders

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2018

The Trudeau Liberal government’s anti-refugee policy is emboldening reaction, including outright fascist forces.

Worker injured in explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 November 2018

The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have remained silent on the injury of a worker at the largest steel mill in North America.

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2018

Washington’s supposed demand for a ceasefire has only produced a sharp escalation in the world’s most murderous war.

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

After six months of campaigning, the meeting reviewed the experiences of members and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2018

Washington’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Two workers killed as wall collapses at Baltimore Amazon facility

By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018

Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.

Former CIA Director Brennan endorses Democrat Beto O’Rourke

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2018

While O’Rourke has been hailed as the new “progressive” standard bearer, the support of a notorious war criminal exposes his real politics.

Israeli government defends Trump in aftermath of Pittsburgh massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018

The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.

The Little Rock Education Association stalls on strike action in Arkansas

By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018

The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.

Inviting Trump to Paris, Macron evokes the specter of fascism and the 1930s

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2018

Macron is inviting America’s far-right president while hypocritically criticizing European neo-fascism as a danger to the pursuit of European imperialist interests.

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 5 November 2018

Regardless of the outcome, the elections will set the stage for a further shift of US politics to the right.

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

By our reporter, 5 November 2018

A voter guide delivered to thousands of residents in Dearborn, Downriver and western Wayne County omitted the SEP candidate in Michigan’s 12th district from a sample ballot.

Illinois governor’s race the most expensive in US history

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2018

Two billionaire candidates are saturating the media to distract from their shared post-election plans to accelerate attacks on the working class.

Washington imposes new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018

Bolton’s speech on the Trump administration’s policy toward Latin America amounted to a demand for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

By Mike Head, 3 November 2018

The measures Washington outlined yesterday are tantamount to a declaration of war.

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2018

Workers voted by more than 62 percent to reject the UPS Freight contract on October 5.

128 years after the first US electrocution

Tennessee revives “Old Smokey,” the electric chair, for an execution

By Kate Randall, 3 November 2018

The US Supreme Court has never ruled execution by electric chair or lethal injection unconstitutional and has consistently upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty itself.

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”

Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018

Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

In the midst of a huge profit bonanza, unions like the USW, working on behalf of corporate management, are shamelessly telling workers it is they who must give back.

Trump manoeuvres in lead-up to talks with Chinese President Xi

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2018

The aim is either to extract major concessions from China or, failing that, create the best conditions for pressing ahead with trade war measures.

Immigrant tent cities and right-wing terror: The new normal in America

By Eric London, 3 November 2018

Halting the growth of political violence and the moves toward dictatorship requires a break with the Democratic Party and the mobilization of the immense power of the American and international working class.

Christine Assange, mother of persecuted WikiLeaks publisher, endorses Niles Niemuth, SEP candidate for Congress

By our reporter, 3 November 2018

Christine Assange posted an endorsement of Niles Niemuth on Twitter, calling on her followers to vote for “an anti-corruption/ pro Assange candidate.”

Letters protest censorship of Niles Niemuth election campaign by WDIV

3 November 2018

The WSWS is publishing a selection of the letters which were sent in response to the open letter written by Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District.

Trump threatens to abolish birthright citizenship

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2018

The proposal to revise the US Constitution by means of an executive order is flagrantly unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

Thousands protest Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh synagogue following mass shooting

By Samuel Davidson, 31 October 2018

The popular rejection of Trump’s far-right policies highlights the cowardice and complicity of the Democratic Party, which offers no principled opposition to Trump’s fascistic attacks on immigrants and democratic rights more broadly.

Underground worker killed in collapse at Nevada gold mine

By Evan Cohen, 31 October 2018

The death of the 42-year-old miner was one of several fatalities in October in metal and non-metal mines across the US.

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda

By Naomi Spencer, 31 October 2018

A former career Army officer, Ojeda has been elevated to national prominence as a fighter for the working class. He is no such thing.

Nearly 40 percent of New Jersey households struggle to make ends meet

By Erik Schreiber, 31 October 2018

A United Way report documenting the rising number of working poor in New Jersey provides concrete evidence of the intensified assault on workers' living standards.

To cheers from big business

Ontario slashes minimum wage, guts labour standards

By Keith Jones, 31 October 2018

In an applause-punctuated address to the Ontario Economic Summit, Ontario Premier Doug Ford made clear his government is bracing for mass working class opposition.

“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”

Amazon workers in Downriver Michigan speak to SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Niles spoke with Amazon workers about working conditions as well as the Trump administration’s deployment of the military against immigrant workers.

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Anti-Semitic violence erupts in America

By Joseph Kishore, 29 October 2018

To understand the significance of the homicidal violence in Pittsburgh that has left 11 people dead, it is necessary to place the event in its international and historical context.

US armed forces deployed to Mexico border in preparation for expected closure

By Norisa Diaz, 29 October 2018

A violent clash is being prepared on the US-Mexico border as Washington readies emergency powers to close the border.

Thousands attend memorial for victims of mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

By Samuel Davidson, 29 October 2018

An overflow crowd packed the hall and hundreds stood outside in the rain to pay respect to those struck down by a fascistic gunman.

“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”

Lear Portage autoworker denounces UAW collusion with management

By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018

Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.

UAW building luxury “cottage” for ex-president Dennis Williams

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2018

The 1,885-square-foot residence features granite countertops, cherry cabinets with a “chocolate glaze finish,” three and one half baths and a patio overlooking Black Lake.

Canada upholds $15 billion Saudi arms deal after Khashoggi murder

By Roger Jordan, 29 October 2018

Ottawa’s muted response to Khashoggi’s murder has been aimed not just at upholding the arms deal, but also strengthening Canada’s predatory partnership with Washington.

Arrest of bomb scare suspect heightens political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2018

The mail bombs are a symptom of a deepening social and political crisis in the United States, the center of world capitalism.

Funeral to be held today for UPS worker Andy Schanding, killed on the job in Lexington, Kentucky

By Will Morrow, 27 October 2018

Andy, 43, leaves behind a loving family, including his wife of 21 years, Sarah Dixon Schanding, a son Elliot and daughter Emilee.

AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team

Union shuts down three-day strike by California health care and service workers

By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018

AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.

Hundreds of bodies and other remains hidden in Detroit funeral homes

By Lawrence Porter, 27 October 2018

With an average cost for a funeral with cremation at $6,800 and burial at $10,000, the phenomenon of unclaimed bodies and burial crises is nationwide.

As federal judge orders Georgia to count tossed-out ballots

Voter suppression looms large in 2018 US elections

By Kranti Kumara, 27 October 2018

The issue of deliberate voter suppression has become a highly contentious issue with less than two weeks before Election Day.

Defend immigrant workers against Trump’s military crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2018

American workers must come to the defense of immigrants and refugees as the Trump administration threatens to close the border and turn armed troops against working class men, women and children.

Comptroller’s report details crisis of New York’s decaying transit system

By Alan Whyte, 25 October 2018

The statistics highlight a fiscal and infrastructure disaster in the making.

$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Lottery fever: A symptom of social desperation

By Kayla Costa, 25 October 2018

The top 24 lottery jackpots in United States history have all occurred since the 2008–09 financial crash.

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2018

Under conditions of mounting social opposition and escalating plans for military conflict, the US political establishment is moving to ever more brazenly implement internet censorship.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Detroit's reality: Infant corpses found piled up in funeral home

By Lawrence Porter, 22 October 2018

Police raids following an anonymous tip and a lawsuit have uncovered dozens of fetuses, several children’s bodies and hundreds of containers of human remains.

Trump says US will withdraw from Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2018

As it targets Russia, China and other major powers, Washington is scrapping the entire framework of nuclear arms control that emerged from the Cold War.

Bernie Sanders tours Michigan to prop up the Democratic Party

By Matthew Brennan, 22 October 2018

The candidate brought his “revolution” to Ann Arbor Michigan to drum up support for establishment and right-wing political candidates.

“The union rammed all these things down our throats”

UPS prepares to impose contract after Teamsters defy workers ‘no’ vote

By Will Morrow, 22 October 2018

Workers have reported that management has already begun to implement the terms of the illegitimate contract.

New York’s Metropolitan Republican Club hosts leader of fascistic street gang

By Tom Carter, 22 October 2018

This event exposes the close ties between a faction of the Republican Party and the political gutter of open racists, bigots and the “alt-right.”

Socialist Alternative and Democratic Socialists of America hold election rally for Democrats in Chicago

By Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2018

The pseudo-lefts are collaborating to refurbish the image of the increasingly right-wing Democratic Party, which is running an unprecedented number of CIA agents in the midterms.

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

By the WSWS Steelworker Newsletter, 22 October 2018

Form rank-and-file committees to mobilize all steelworkers in a common fight!

Pompeo meets with Mexican government as its police attack Honduran migrants

By Eric London, 20 October 2018

Hundreds of women and children were injured in the crackdown on a narrow bridge over the river separating Mexico and Guatemala.

Record high income in 2017 for top one percent of wage earners in US

By Gabriel Black, 20 October 2018

In 2017, the top one percent of US wage earners received their highest paychecks ever, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael reaches 36 as residents struggle to recover

By Matthew Taylor, 20 October 2018

Thousands are homeless one week after the category four storm made landfall.

Trump demands five percent budget cut from each Cabinet department

By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2018

In a move to counter the growing federal deficit, Trump has called upon each Cabinet secretary to cut spending.

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018

AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.

As Trump administration prepares to withdraw from nuclear missile treaty

US charges new Russian conspiracy to interfere in midterm elections

By Will Morrow, 20 October 2018

The charges have been released without the slightest evidence, but have immediately been accepted as gospel and amplified by the American media.

Quebec: Nine-month lockout continues, as talks at Alcoa’s ABI smelter collapse

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018

Confident that the Steelworkers union will continue to leave the ABI workers to fight alone, the aluminum bosses have repeatedly upped their concession demands.

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker

One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 20 October 2018

A year after the tragic loss of this young Ford worker, family, friends and co-workers continue to demand the truth about his sudden and untimely death.

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

The social media monopoly’s removal of left-wing news pages with millions of followers is the latest step in a conspiracy by the state and the technology giants to censor the internet.

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

A worker from southern California reported that during balloting on the contract, UPS management asked workers how they voted and whether they wanted to change their vote.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael continues to climb

By Matthew Taylor, 15 October 2018

Hurricane Michael is now considered to be the third most powerful storm to impact the US.

Trump considers reinstating family separations at the border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 October 2018

The proposal to force parents to choose between separation and deportation to war-torn Central America is a form of emotional torture.

New York judge dismisses a sexual assault charge against producer Harvey Weinstein

By David Walsh, 15 October 2018

Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.

Chicago cop cleared in the 2012 killing of 15-year-old Dakota Bright

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 October 2018

The decision means that Brandon Ternand will not face any discipline for the murder and will be reinstated to active duty with back pay.

Unions to “work with” Quebec’s new right-wing populist government

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018

After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.

Massachusetts: National Grid joins roster of companies risking customers’ lives

By John Marion, 15 October 2018

Another incident by a gas utility has been linked to overpressurization of gas lines.

SEP holds campaign rally at FCA Warren Stamping plant

Autoworkers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By Tim Rivers, 15 October 2018

Autoworkers gave SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth a warm welcome at a plant gate rally Saturday afternoon in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2018

PropOrNot, an organization that published a blacklist of oppositional media organizations in 2016, hailed Facebook’s actions as the precursor to shutting down the targeted organizations' web sites.

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

The workers are rebelling against poverty level wages and inadequate benefits that have left many struggling to keep their heads above water.

Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast

By Kate Randall, 13 October 2018

Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers

By Clara Weiss, 13 October 2018

Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian have struck a well-timed blow against postmodernism, a reactionary obstacle to the development of scientific socialist consciousness.

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

Facebook carries out massive purge of oppositional pages

By Andre Damon, 12 October 2018

In a sweeping assault on democratic rights, Facebook has carried out a purge of oppositional media pages with millions of followers.

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of death and destruction in southeastern US

By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018

The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The billionaire’s political career demonstrates the fundamental identity of the two corporate-controlled parties that comprise the US two-party system.

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

As union ignores strike authorization votes

Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

As APWU keeps workers on the job

US Postal Service workers protest Trump’s privatization plans

By George Marlowe, 12 October 2018

Postal workers in more than 140 cities protested Trump’s privatization proposals while unions keep 200,000 workers on the job weeks after their contract expired on September 20.

Lead at some Detroit schools 50 times the allowable federal level

By Lawrence Porter, 12 October 2018

A new report on lead and copper in Detroit schools reveals the acute health dangers facing working class families due to the massive deterioration in education funding.

Another train derailment in New York strands thousands

By Guillaume Garnier, 12 October 2018

The neglect of infrastructure maintenance for decades has allowed the conditions of the subway and interstate rail systems to physically collapse.

US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China

By Tom Peters, 12 October 2018

Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today

Part 4: The SEP, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 12 October 2018

To defeat the social counter-revolution spearheaded by Ford, workers need to build new organizations of struggle in political and organizational opposition to the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018

Grenell’s piece is an extreme example of the obsession with gender and race that has infected the upper middle class and the pages of the New York Times in particular.

Key provision of USMCA trade deal aimed at China

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2018

A clause in the US trade deal with Canada and Mexico is aimed at nothing less than a “reset” of global trade relationships.

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 October 2018

The 160 strikers in Detroit include housekeepers, cashiers, servers, barmen and desk personnel, who have had no substantial pay rise since 2008.

Obama endorses DSA’s Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2018

The DSA is an instrument for boosting the right-wing, militarist Democratic Party by providing it with a “left” cover.

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009

Limo crash in upstate New York kills 20

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

The tragedy underscores the dangerous state of roads in the US.

The fifth death in two years

Eighteen-year-old found hanged in northern Wisconsin jail

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2018

The tragic and preventable deaths in Wisconsin Rapids reflect an upward trend in suicides throughout the United States’ overcrowded, backlogged and brutal jail and prison system.

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

By Jerry White, 8 October 2018

The naked fact is that the rank and file voted down the contract and the Teamsters union is despotically ignoring their vote and imposing it anyway.