North America

UAW announces tentative agreement with GM, keeping strikers in the dark on contract terms

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

A major factor in the UAW’s move to shut down the month-long walkout is the growing strike wave nationally, which threatens to break the union’s isolation of the GM workers.

As strike wave grows, UAW scrambles to shut down GM walkout and impose sellout contract

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

With the walkouts by Mack-Volvo truck workers and copper miners in Arizona and Texas, and the announcement of an impending strike by 30,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, the UAW is anxious to shut down the GM strike as soon as possible.

Wildfires and forced blackouts lead to multiple deaths in California

By Evan Blake, 14 October 2019

In total, Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to over 700,000 homes or businesses in two phases last Wednesday and Thursday, likely equivalent to over two million people.

Two dead, one missing after hotel worksite collapses in New Orleans

By Aaron Murch, 14 October 2019

The area remains under evacuation, with at least 100 people being forced from their nearby homes due to the danger of further collapses.

Four homeless men murdered in New York City’s Chinatown

By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 14 October 2019

The tragic incident, involving six of the poorest people in the United States, is a product of the city’s social decay, the most unequal large American city.

NDP advocates spending tens of billions on Canada’s military

By Roger Jordan, 14 October 2019

Canada’s social democrats are full-throated supporters of the Trudeau Liberal government’s plans to buy new fleets of warships and fighter jets.

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

US sends 3,000 more troops to defend Saudi monarchy

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2019

The escalation of the US troop deployment in the region followed on the heels of a missile attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea.

Auto strike in peril: UAW, GM prepare to end strike and impose contract betrayal

By Tom Hall, 12 October 2019

Having isolated the strikers for four weeks, the UAW is moving to end the walkout on GM’s terms.

As wildfires, power outages spread throughout California, tens of thousands ordered to evacuate

By Dan Conway, 12 October 2019

Fires burned throughout the Southern California region on Thursday and Friday, leading to deliberate power outages with dozens of homes and buildings destroyed.

US and China reach limited trade deal

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2019

The markets responded enthusiastically with the Dow finishing up by more than 300 points, but for all the celebrations, the agreement is very limited.

US immigration policies sending thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico

By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2019

The Trump administration has ordered 16,000 migrants under the age of 18 to await their US immigration court hearings in Mexico, including nearly 500 infants.

Canada’s NDP spouts “progressive” rhetoric while planning to prop up minority Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 12 October 2019

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s push for a de facto coalition with Trudeau’s Liberals is in keeping with the NDP’s traditions as a nationalist, pro-capitalist party allied with the union bureaucracy.

Seattle Democrats endorse Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant

By Julio Patron, 12 October 2019

As the working class moves to the left, Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative are even more fully integrating themselves into the Democratic Party.

UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request

By Eric London, 9 October 2019

The UAW is keeping workers in the dark as the strike has forced furloughs or layoffs of at least 150,000 workers across the auto industry.

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2019

The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers

By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019

The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.

Workers in stone fabrication industry worldwide at high risk of deadly lung disease, CDC finds

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019

The CDC investigation highlights the international character of the risk of silicosis, a deadly and incurable occupational lung disease, among stone fabrication workers.

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2019

The Democrats have chosen quite deliberately to base their opposition to Trump on the most reactionary, anti-democratic grounds possible: support for the intelligence agencies and American imperialism.

Trump continues to defy Democrats’ impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 5 October 2019

On Friday, President Donald Trump stepped up his defiance of the impeachment inquiry launched by the Democrats with the support of the intelligence agencies.

GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces ‘good progress’ on temps, health care

By Tom Hall, 5 October 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors are making “good progress” towards an agreement, UAW Vice President for GM Terry Dittes said in a letter published Friday evening.

20,000 jobs and six plants threatened at German tire maker Continental

By Marianne Arens, 5 October 2019

The company’s executive announced what is alleged to be its biggest ever reorganisation—a frontal attack on workers.

Ontario education workers set to strike Monday against Ford’s savage cuts

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the teachers unions are terrified that a strike will result in a head-on clash with the hated Ford government and trigger a broader working-class challenge to the capitalist elite’s austerity agenda.

White supremacist Coast Guard officer pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges

By Matthew Taylor, 5 October 2019

A list of potential targets found on Paul Hasson’s computer included the Democratic Party politicians and media figures routinely attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Illinois steelworker killed on the job, police launch investigation

By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2019

Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.

New York City transit workers exposed to toxic asbestos for decades

By Philip Guelpa, 5 October 2019

Dangerous, antiquated conditions at the East New York bus depot are only one symptom of the severely deteriorated condition of the city’s transit system.

CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2019

Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

US and Mexican autoworkers call for united struggle against GM and auto companies

By Tom Hall, 28 September 2019

More than 200 autoworkers and other sections of the working class discussed an international perspective to win the General Motors strike in a call-in meeting Thursday hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

Sacramento, California killer cops return to work 18 months after murdering 22-year-old Stephon Clark

By Dan Conway, 28 September 2019

The two Sacramento, California, police officers who fatally shot unarmed Clark 20 times last year returned to work Thursday after no federal civil rights charges were brought against them.

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Striking University of Chicago nurses return to work after five-day lock-out

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019

The nurses returned to work on Wednesday without any resolution of their grievances.

Majority of West Virginia counties rank worst in US for water quality

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2019

A new report finds 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties rank among the worst in the country for drinking water violations.

US political warfare explodes over Trump and Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

The US president admitted Sunday that he had discussed with the Ukrainian president a possible investigation into Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir

By Kevin Reed, 23 September 2019

The 26-page lawsuit is aimed at intimidating other whistleblowers and publishers who might be thinking about telling the truth and exposing the crimes of the US government.

Millions march against climate change, capitalism and war

By Bryan Dyne and Will Morrow, 21 September 2019

“Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”

Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism”

By our reporters, 21 September 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with climate strike protesters in cities around the globe.

Wall Street to General Motors: End strike and ram through cuts

By Tom Hall, 21 September 2019

Statements from credit agencies and the financial press demonstrate that striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class.

“We will not submit, and we will not bow out.”

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss GM strike and global strategy in online meeting

By Marcus Day and Evan Blake, 21 September 2019

Over 300 workers from the US, Mexico, Canada and other countries participated in the second WSWS Autoworker Newsletter online forum, with many expressing their desire to expand the GM strike.

“Go on strike ‘til you get it right!”

Detroit rapper GmacCash supports striking autoworkers

By Kathleen Martin, 21 September 2019

The former autoworker spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about life in the auto plants and why he supports the striking workers.

US drone massacre in Afghanistan

By Jacob Crosse, 21 September 2019

At least 30 Afghan farmers and day laborers were killed and 40 others injured Wednesday night in a US drone attack, despite previous notification given to local officials of farming activity in the area.

US sending more troops to Saudi Arabia amid rising war tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2019

The announcement followed a White House meeting between US President Donald Trump and his National Security Council to discuss proposals for military action against Iran.

University of Chicago nurses locked out for conducting a one-day strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 September 2019

More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center who conducted a one-day strike face a five-day lockout as temporary nurses were hired to fill in.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren mixes anti-corruption demagogy with identity politics at New York City rally

By Sandy English, 21 September 2019

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sought to bolster illusions that the Democratic Party is capable of reining in the domination of the US government by the super-rich.

BREAKING: Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving American jobs."

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers at the Wentzville, Missouri and Arlington, Texas assembly plants confirmed that GM is hiring strikebreakers to operate the plant during the strike.

“All the union officials should be put back on the line and work ten years as TPTs”

GM workers determined to fight as Ford and Chrysler workers press to join strike

By Jerry White, 17 September 2019

On their first day on the picket lines, General Motors workers are expressing their determination to fight the auto giant. Workers are winning broad popular support for their stand in defense of health care and an end to the abuse of younger second-tier and temporary part-time (TPT) workers.

Inspector general report details Trump’s abuse of immigrant children

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2019

Thousands of children have been subjected to intense trauma in the detention facilities of the Trump administration.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians reject contract proposals, launch strike

By Dmitri Church and Harvey Simpkins, 17 September 2019

The overwhelming votes changed the BSO musicians’ struggle from a summer lockout into a full-scale strike.

Video: GM workers speak out on strike

By our reporters, 16 September 2019

GM workers from the Flint Assembly and Romulus Engine plant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the issues behind the walkout of 46,000 GM workers.

Abrupt closures of two hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio leave region reeling

By Naomi Spencer, 16 September 2019

The termination of critical healthcare services will have a deeply damaging impact on the communities, and potentially deadly consequences for individuals who rely on them.

New York City mayor declares end of measles public health emergency

By Gary Joad, 16 September 2019

During a nine-month period, 52 people were hospitalized and 16 individuals placed in intensive care units. Eighty percent of those contracting measles were children.

Two years on, Foxconn’s Wisconsin boondoggle continues under Democrats

By Jacob Crosse, 16 September 2019

With the aid of state and local government officials, the Foxconn swindle rolls on even as job expectations fell short for the second year in a row.

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019

With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.

US autoworkers want all out strike as contract deadline approaches at GM, Ford and Chrysler

By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2019

As the contract deadline for 158,000 autoworkers nears its expiration this weekend, workers at the Detroit automakers say they are ready to walk out to win back decades of concessions.

Fascistic elements in Republican Party threaten Democrats O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez

By Matthew Taylor, 14 September 2019

Both incidents reflect the growing threat of political violence from the far-right.

Ohio jury acquits young woman on murder charges in baby’s death

By Casey Gold, 14 September 2019

The jury’s verdict comes as a rejection of barbaric laws and the common practice of prosecutors excessively charging individuals for what amounts to non-criminal behavior.

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody

By Kevin Martinez, 14 September 2019

The recent Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminating the right to asylum is but the latest and sharpest expression of the attack on the rights of immigrants.

Two workers crushed to death at Michigan granite supplier

By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019

The fire department immediately shut down the Stone Warehouse shop after the accident for multiple safety violations.

Boston transit system limps along as MBTA carries out disruptive repairs

By Andrew Timon, 14 September 2019

After five train derailments so far this year—and an astounding 43 from 2014 to 2018—along with mass delays and commuter outrage over fare hikes, the MBTA is in crisis mode.

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

The 10 candidates on the stage in Houston avoided any discussion of the deepening social crisis in America and the growing opposition to social inequality.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.

BREAKING: UAW President Gary Jones, former President Williams are unnamed co-conspirators in latest corruption charges, Detroit News reports

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

The Detroit News reported Friday that Jones and Williams are “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B” in Thursday’s criminal complaint against UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.

BREAKING: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019

The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against UAW President Gary Jones.

Washington Post pushes xenophobic campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 10 September 2019

The Washington Post has published an editorial giving its stamp of approval to a report by the Hoover institution arguing that Chinese nationals and ethnic Chinese Americans potentially pose a national security threat to the United States.

Federal court says secret US terrorism watchlist is unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2019

A ruling on September 4 in the US Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said that the Terrorist Screening Database violates the due process and equal protection rights of US citizens.

GM fires and harasses Mexican workers to speed up production

By Andrea Lobo, 10 September 2019

GM is trying to switch production to Silao to continue its massive extraction of profits in the event of a strike in the US, but Mexican autoworkers are expressing strong opposition to being further super-exploited, and much less being used as scab labor.

US agency warns of lung illness epidemic among young people, attributed to e-cigarettes

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2019

The FDA has issued a public warning of a rapidly developing epidemic of severe lung illnesses associated with “vaping,” with 450 cases confirmed spanning 33 states.

“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches

By our reporter, 3 September 2019

The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.

Eight dead, 26 missing in deadly boat fire off Southern California coast

By Norisa Diaz, 3 September 2019

Given the high likelihood that the remaining passengers will not be found alive, the fire on the Conception will rank among the deadliest maritime tragedies in California and US history.

Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants

By Adam McLean, 3 September 2019

Force-feeding typically can causes excruciating pain, is dangerous when performed on unwilling participants, and is recognized by international doctors’ associations as a form of torture.

New York cook arrested by ICE after filing lawsuit for $200,000 in stolen wages

By Owen Mullan, 3 September 2019

There is no doubt that the agency was tipped off on Xue Hui Zhang’s whereabouts in order to make his suit for repayment more difficult.

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 2019

PART ONE | PART TWO | COMBINED
The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

Roger Waters holds concert on Monday

Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!

By Joseph Kishore, 2 September 2019

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are the victims of a monstrous criminal conspiracy, involving the most powerful governments in the world, the intelligence agencies and the corporate media.

Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president

By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2019

Strike votes over the past week have registered autoworkers’ determination to fight, with near unanimous votes in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, from 94 to 99 percent to authorize a strike.

Former Fed official calls on central bank to end accommodation to Trump

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2019

An extraordinary intervention by former New York Federal Reserve president Bill Dudley reflects rising political tensions, fuelled by the growing prospect of a US recession.

Chicago-area college advertises for strikebreakers as faculty walkout looms

By Michael Walters, 31 August 2019

After years of pay freezes, hundreds of College of DuPage teachers are determined to restore their wages and prevent further attacks on working conditions.

Home video security systems increasingly linked to US police departments in violation of democratic rights

By Kevin Reed, 31 August 2019

More than 400 police department partnerships have been established by Amazon’s Ring home security system across the US over the past year.

New York Police Department collecting DNA from unsuspecting workers and youth

By Erik Schreiber, 31 August 2019

In violation of Fourth Amendment protection, the policy has targeted individuals who have not been accused of any crime.

Canada to go to polls amid geopolitical crisis, mounting working-class resistance

By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2019

The October 21 federal election campaign will not seriously address any of the pressing issues confronting the working class, as all of Canada's establishment parties lurch to the right.

Only one-third of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide—so why does the New York Times?

By David Walsh, 31 August 2019

Three weeks of media propaganda to the effect that anyone who doubts the official story are under the influence of “conspiracy theories” has only had a limited effect. A stubborn percentage of the population continues to be skeptical.

Newark water crisis: The latest chapter in the capitalist poisoning of America

By Kate Randall, 27 August 2019

Five years after Democratic government officials of Flint, Michigan exposed tens of thousands of people to lead in their drinking water, the residents of Newark, New Jersey are also being poisoned.

AT&T strikers show their power, but face union-company gang-up

By Samuel Davidson and Patrick Martin, 27 August 2019

Even though the the 22,000 AT&T workers on strike in nine states throughout the South are determined to fight, the CWA union is doing everything possible to isolate and contain the struggle.

“We need to be paid back”

Autoworkers vote to strike, denounce UAW treachery ahead of contract deadline with GM, Ford and Chrysler

By our reporters, 27 August 2019

Nearly unanimous votes for strike authorization express the determination of autoworkers to reverse decades of concessions.

Oklahoma judge finds Johnson & Johnson guilty in opioid epidemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 August 2019

While the $572 million judgment fell short of the $17 billion sought by the state, the court’s ruling was an unambiguous finding that the giant corporation deliberately downplayed the dangers of the opioids it manufactured.

Tensions rise as unions and district attempt to head off strike by Las Vegas teachers

By Dan Conway, 27 August 2019

After thousands of teachers flooded a meeting of the Clark County School District demanding their contractually-mandated raises, school board members abruptly ended the meeting before being escorted out by police.

US Steel to lay off 150 workers in Indiana as Trump administration escalates trade war

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2019

The announcement of the layoffs in East Chicago follows US Steel’s declaration earlier this month that up to 200 workers will lose their jobs at its Great Lakes Works facility outside Detroit.

“There’s a lot of people who are ready to get rid of them”

GM Wentzville workers speak out against UAW corruption

By Marcus Day, 26 August 2019

The expansion of the corruption scandal to UAW officials for GM has brought to the surface the simmering anger of workers over decades of union-enforced concessions.

Democrats join Trump in fundraising from the moneyed elite

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2019

Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are raking in the bulk of the high-dollar contributions being collected at fundraisers in the Hamptons and Cape Cod this month.

“This is a prison city”

Immigrants hold four days of protest outside Mexican detention center

By Alex González, 26 August 2019

Two hundred protesters staged sit-ins and blocked vans with migrants bound for deportation.

Del Monte Foods to close plants in Illinois and Minnesota

By Andy Thompson, 26 August 2019

Packaged food company Del Monte will lay off over 800 workers and close two plants in small towns in Illinois and Minnesota.

Two utility workers electrocuted on the job in upstate New York

By Leslie Murtagh, 26 August 2019

Two utility workers conducting maintenance on a transmission power line in New York’s Hudson Valley region died this week when they came into contact with a wire that wasn’t supposed to be carrying electricity.

20,000 AT&T workers strike as GM, Ford and Chrysler contract deadline looms

By Eric London, 26 August 2019

The largest strike in the American South in recent history captures a growing mood of militancy among workers worldwide.

Trump escalates economic confrontation with China

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2019

Trump’s “order” for American companies to leave China marks a milestone in the global descent into economic nationalism and preparations for military conflict.

Wall Street falls as US-China trade conflict intensifies

By Nick Beams, 24 August 2019

Tweets by Trump in response to tariff measures by Beijing were his most belligerent to date, taking aim not only against China, but US corporations and the Federal Reserve.

Strike votes continue as autoworkers gear up for contract fight against GM, Ford, and Chrysler

By our reporters, 24 August 2019

The balloting is taking place under conditions in which the union has been widely discredited by its role in forcing through decades of sellout contracts and an expanding corruption scandal.

Texas prisoner executed despite debunked forensic evidence pointing to his innocence

By Kate Randall, 24 August 2019

The US Supreme Court denied Larry Swearingen’s appeal for a stay, clearing the way for his execution.

Machinists on strike at Berkshire Hathaway-owned Special Metals in New Hartford, New York

By Steve Filips, 24 August 2019

More than 200 workers at Special Metals rejected the company’s last contract proposal and have been on strike since last Saturday.

Hundreds of workers laid off, have healthcare eliminated as Philadelphia refinery closes

By Samuel Davidson, 24 August 2019

Workers at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, which is being shut down after a major explosion in June, will receive no severance pay and have had their healthcare coverage terminated.

Michigan: Two million gallons of untreated sewage spill into Flint River

By Mitch Marcus, 24 August 2019

Exposure to or ingestion of raw or partially treated sewage, as the city maintains is the case here, can cause immediate harmful effects.