Health & Safety at Work
By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2020
With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.
By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020
The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.
As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020
The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.
By Chase Lawrence, 22 October 2020
The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.
By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020
As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.
By Harvey Simpkins, 21 October 2020
The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 21 October 2020
This homicidal policy is provoking growing anger and opposition within the working class to the ruling class’ response to the pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2020
Employees at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing in Westland, Michigan walked out Monday morning to demand better wages, increased staffing and safe working conditions.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 October 2020
What is animating Burnham’s opposition to the government are tactical differences and conflicting interests between different groups of capitalists, rather than any consideration of principle
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Julie Hyland, 20 October 2020
The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020
In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.
By Margaret Rees and Paul Bartizan, 20 October 2020
Perth apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn fell 20 metres to his death when the glass roof of a university building under construction collapsed despite concerns raised by other workers of excessive deflection.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020
The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.
By Our reporters, 19 October 2020
Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.
“The pandemic is not over yet”
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020
The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.
By Valery Tsekov, 17 October 2020
Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.
By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2020
As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.
By Marianne Arens, 17 October 2020
The German chancellor and leaders of the federal states are maintaining their policy of herd immunity despite the eruption of a second wave of coronavirus cases.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By Andre Damon, 16 October 2020
The White House’s embrace of “herd immunity” is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 October 2020
The policy of “herd immunity,” effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.
By Simon Whelan, 16 October 2020
What occurred in care homes was mass murder due to the policy of herd immunity.
By Tim Rivers, 16 October 2020
In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.
By Rory Woods, 15 October 2020
Treatment and care for the victims of the government’s herd immunity strategy is under threat, with the NHS facing a “triple whammy” of staff burnout, a massive backlog of treatment built-up during the pandemic, and a huge surge of COVID-19.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 October 2020
The ultra-right government of billionaire President Piñera criminally mishandled the pandemic, inflicting suffering upon the most oppressed layers of the population.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2020
The working class is manifesting its discontent with the situation in a resurgent wave of political radicalisation that had briefly abated after the onset of the pandemic.
By Andre Damon, 14 October 2020
On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of “herd immunity.”
“If they don’t figure out what’s really going on there, people are going to continue to die”
Whistleblowers: Colorado meatpacking plant used threats and lies to keep potentially infected workers on the job
By Cordell Gascoigne, 14 October 2020
Two former health screeners at the JBS beef processing facility in Greeley, Colorado after a coronavirus outbreak have blown the whistle on flagrant violations of basic safety measures by management.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 October 2020
Super spreading events are the primary mode of transmission for COVID-19 infections. The recent declaration at Great Barrington, Massachusetts, attempts to establish herd-immunity as a global policy that will have catastrophic consequences for the working class.
Johnson UK government rejected scientific advisers’ call for temporary national lockdown in September
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2020
The measures advised by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies fell way below a full lockdown, but such was the Tories’ determination to enforce their herd immunity agenda that every measure was rejected bar one.
By Emma Arceneaux, 14 October 2020
At least eight more educators across the US have died from COVID-19 in the past two weeks alone.
By Alex Johnson, 14 October 2020
Public schools in Florida are experiencing a dangerous growth of COVID-19 infections as the state government aggressively pursues in-class instruction in locations ravaged by the pandemic.
By Markus Salzmann, 13 October 2020
In the last months, protective measures against the virus have been almost completely dismantled. The government has done nothing to prepare hospitals for the inevitable rise in serious cases.
By Josh Varlin, 12 October 2020
Even as the need for mental health services reaches new heights, psychiatric units remain closed and are unlikely to fully reopen.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 October 2020
More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.
Pennsylvania educators, bus drivers and school workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to put an end to in-person instruction
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
Educators across Pennsylvania have formed a new rank-and-file safety committee to mobilize the working class against the unsafe reopening of the commonwealth’s schools.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.
By Stephan McCoy, 9 October 2020
Teachers are demanding that as frontline workers they should have regular testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and risk allowances before they are prepared to start work again.
By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2020
The spread of COVID-19 in the north of England is presented in the media as a regional disparity. But the most infected areas are in deindustrialised, socially deprived regions where fewer people work from home.
By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020
The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.
By David Brown, 7 October 2020
Health care workers in the East Bay confront chronic understaffing, lack of PPE and attacks on wages while serving on the front line against the pandemic.
Service workers at University of Illinois hospital vote on contract after nurses union pushes through sellout
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 October 2020
After a 10-day strike by 4,000 workers last month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is attempting to force through concessions on the heels of a similar sellout by the Illinois Nurses Association last week.
By Matt Rigel, 6 October 2020
One month after voting to authorize a strike over safety conditions, medical and tech workers at Allina healthcare in the Minneapolis area have begun a two-day walkout.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 October 2020
Besides giving a completely false picture of the spread of the disease, the failure to report 15,841 positive Covid-19 cases has left tens of thousands of their potentially infected contacts untraced for up to a week.
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2020
The memorandum of understanding signed by the Amalgamated Transit Union does nothing to seriously address the needs of drivers, let alone resolve the deplorable state of public transit in the most impoverished big city in America.
By Karen Maxwell, 3 October 2020
Behind the backs of teachers, the Australian Education Union is working closely with the state Labor Party government to stifle resistance.
By Tom Carter, 3 October 2020
The increase in Amazon’s market capitalization since the start of the year amounts to $34 million for each worker who got sick.
By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2020
Former mining company executive Robert Murray, notorious for opposing mine safety standards, is now seeking black lung benefits.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 3 October 2020
The poultry processor in Merced County, California bitterly resisted all efforts at regulation despite the unchecked spread of the deadly virus at the facility.
“It’s not safe to have students in the classroom”
Arizona teacher speaks on the death of her colleague from COVID-19 and contracting the virus herself
By Renae Cassimeda, 3 October 2020
Angela Skillings spoke to the WSWS about the loss of her coworker, the dangers of schools reopening, and the necessary fight by educators to keep schools closed.
“I think teachers need to organize like they did in West Virginia”
Tennessee governor Bill Lee hails “strong safety measures” in schools amid growing anger from teachers
By Isaac Finn, 3 October 2020
On Monday, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee praised “very strong safety measures” in schools in Knox County, despite over a thousand students and staff in quarantine.
“The unions were like ghosts throughout the pandemic”
By our correspondents, 2 October 2020
WSWS reporters recently spoke with workers from several municipalities of the greater Istanbul area on the COVID-19 pandemic.
After teacher dies of COVID-19 in rural Michigan, Detroit educators call for unified fight against unsafe school openings
The Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 October 2020
“We pledge to step up our fight to unify educators across the state around demands that put the well-being of our children, co-workers and communities first.”
By Barry Mason, 2 October 2020
The government and its agencies have done everything to play down the scale of the spread of the virus, particularly in workplaces, to keep the profits rolling in.
Australia Post workers denounce union-enforced restructure, call for independent rank-and-file committees
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 2 October 2020
“On the eve of the biggest battle of our lives, the union has gone around in the middle of the night and emptied our guns of bullets. Just as the war begins they take away our right to withdraw our labour.”
By Kimie Saito and Marc Wells, 29 September 2020
In Orange County, California, educators in at least four school districts are taking part in courageous protests against returning to work under unsafe conditions in defiance of their own unions’ recommendations.
More than 2,000 schools in UK hit by COVID-19 outbreaks as thousands of children and staff sent home
By Tom Pearce, 29 September 2020
Thousands of children are being sent home to self-isolate, in some cases to isolate with vulnerable parents.
By our reporters, 29 September 2020
Drivers are calling for urgent safety measures to prevent the further spread of infection. Their open letter to Metroline is published in full.
Unite educators, students and parents to protect our lives against COVID-19
the Detroit Rank-and-File Educators Safety Committee, 28 September 2020
The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) is seeking to ram through a one-year contract as part of the preparation for a return to full in-person learning.
By Tomas Castanheira, 26 September 2020
The efforts of Brazil’s ruling elite to reopen schools amid the catastrophic spread of COVID-19 are being met with a growing wave of resistance.
By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2020
Chancellor Sunak’s announcement was unveiled outside his office in Downing Street, flanked by Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady and Confederation of British Industry Director General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn.
By Simon Whelan and Barry Mason, 26 September 2020
The former regional director for public health in northwest England, Professor John Ashton, said it was “almost inevitable” that the return of students would lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Everyone I work with thinks that it is absurd to put us all in harm’s way”
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 26 September 2020
The teachers and parents often shared similar complaints about the unsafe conditions in schools and pressure to accept the reopening policies.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 September 2020
Throughout the course of the strike, many students admirably asserted that their fight was not only about the health and safety of themselves, but of the community as a whole.
By Bryan Dyne, 25 September 2020
While seeking to minimize the impact of school reopenings on the spread of the virus, the study implies that some 18,600 teachers and 115,000 students have already been infected with COVID-19.
By Chase Lawrence, 25 September 2020
A surge in COVID-19 cases in Lubbock and Brazos counties coincided with the start of fall semester at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University which are located in those respective counties.
Report demolishes government claims that reopening UK schools reflects concern for disadvantaged children
By Margot Miller, 25 September 2020
The education of poorer children is of as little concern for the Johnson government as the health of the working class.
By Marc Wells, 25 September 2020
After months of negotiations behind closed doors, the Hollywood unions reached a return-to-work agreement that will expose entertainment industry workers to the COVID-19 contagion as television and film production resumes.
By Alice Summers, 25 September 2020
The Morenoite Workers Revolutionary Current, and its daily publication Izquierda Diario, is refusing to oppose the return to classrooms, aiming instead to divert opposition to it into impotent channels.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 23 September 2020
Two contract workers at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina tragically died Monday in a fire of still unexplained origin during maintenance operations.
Johnson government says UK COVID-19 infections could hit 50,000 per day as pandemic spins “out of control”
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2020
Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, an early advocate of a “herd immunity” strategy, conceded that only an estimated 8 percent of the population had been infected and that the majority of the population remain susceptible.
Whistle-blowers speak out as German authorities cover up coronavirus cases at schools and day-care centres
By Martin Nowak and Gregor Link, 22 September 2020
Despite hundreds of teaching and care facilities being infected, school and health authorities, as well as the federal and state governments, with the support of the trade unions, are doing everything in their power to continue reopening schools.
By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2020
The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases is the direct outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal back-to-work and back-to-school policies, which are aimed at guaranteeing corporate profits regardless of the cost in human lives.
By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020
The possibility that the university administration delayed the public announcement of the cases until after the strike was officially smothered cannot be discounted.
By Melody Isley, 21 September 2020
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, San Diego County supervisors are lobbying to artificially lower case numbers by excluding the recent outbreak at San Diego State University.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 September 2020
The only way for service workers and nurses at UIC and UIH to combat poverty wages and the threat of the pandemic is to take their struggle into their own hands.
By Jonas Boquist, 21 September 2020
The cancellation of the strike comes as 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in SEIU Local 73 remain on picket lines in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.
By A. Woodson and Steve Light, 21 September 2020
School bus drivers will begin transporting thousands of special education children today, as the nation’s largest school district prepares to restart in-person instruction by September 29.
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 September 2020
The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.
As American Federation of Teachers shuts down UM graduate student strike
By Joseph Lorenz, 19 September 2020
The decision to open campuses is part of the drive by governments everywhere in line with so-called "herd immunity" policies.
By Alex Findijs, 19 September 2020
The campus in upstate New York is the second state university to be forced into a temporary shutdown this month due to the spread of COVID-19 cases.
the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020
Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.
“This district is not ready at all”
By Evan Winters, 19 September 2020
Despite weeks of unhealthy wildfire-fueled air quality, the Evergreen School District is preparing to reopen elementary schools for partial in-person learning.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 September 2020
Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro declared: “We are the country with the highest number of days of lockdown of schools. This is absurd.”
By Shuvu Batta, 18 September 2020
Battered by crippling debt and collapsing demand for taxis, drivers staged a protest Thursday calling for relief from their enormous debt burden
Network of Action Committees for Safe Education holds first online meeting
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
In his report to the meeting, SGP deputy leader Christoph Vandreier noted that infections have already been reported at over 1,000 schools and 300 childcare facilities across Germany.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 18 September 2020
The two fines amount to less than $2,500 for each worker who died at the JBS and Smithfield plants in Colorado and South Dakota
Washington D.C. transit system announces budget cuts and layoffs due to ridership drop off amid pandemic
By Harvey Simpkins, 18 September 2020
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has seen a nearly 90 percent ridership drop-off since the beginning of the pandemic.
By John Braddock, 18 September 2020
More than 10,000 Auckland University students have signed petitions opposing the resumption of lectures and classes amid ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.
By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 15 September 2020
The number of new cases of COVID-19 hit a new one-day high of nearly 308,000 worldwide, bringing the global total to almost 30 million cases and 930,000 deaths. The United States alone will reach 200,000 deaths by mid-week.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 September 2020
Israel now tops the world rankings in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita.
By Kristina Betinis and Marcus Day, 15 September 2020
The now nearly 5,000 university health and staff workers are locked in a battle against the Democratic state leadership and must expand their struggle for health and safety.
By Alberto Escalera, 15 September 2020
Public school educators in New York City have conducted protests and written petitions in the last several days to oppose the reckless reopening of schools by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 September 2020
The re-opening of schools in Detroit is threatening the lives of teachers, support staff, children and parents.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2020
The announcement comes despite a late-July decision banning in-person teaching throughout the fall.
By Owen Howell, 15 September 2020
The official death toll reached 4,371 on Saturday, but the record of incorrect figures suggests that the real total could be much higher.
By Kevin Reed, 15 September 2020
The merger plans have been slowed down by opposition from Beaumont staff and a group of donors who are calling on the Board of Directors to fire the management team.
By Frank Gaglioti, 15 September 2020
An examination of the historical record demonstrates that infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be eliminated.
University of Michigan grad students set to extend strike as opposition grows to the US back-to-school drive
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2020
Nineteen of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the US are in communities with colleges that have reopened for in-person learning, sparking growing anger over the homicidal back-to-school campaign.