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Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!

CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 November 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Thursday that it is shutting down the 11-day strike, the longest in thirty years, and sending teachers back to work today before giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

By Jerry White, 1 November 2019

The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.

More fires ignite as wildfire season deepens in California

By Kevin Martinez, 1 November 2019

11 fires are presently raging across California, with reports indicating that the state’s utility monopolies likely bear responsibility for the most damaging fires.

US: Murray Energy files for bankruptcy, miners’ pensions in peril

By Samuel Davidson, 1 November 2019

The bankruptcy the coal giant threatens 7,000 jobs and the bankruptcy of health and pension funds for 82,000 current and former miners and their families.

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."

Fed guarantees more money for Wall Street as attacks on workers intensify

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2019

The markets celebrated the latest Fed decision, with the S&P 500 index posting its second record high for the week.

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2019

The tentative agreement announced by the CTU Wednesday night betrays all the aspirations of the 24,000 teachers who have been on strike for ten days.

Washington threatens to fight Syria and Russia for oil

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2019

The restatement of US objectives in seizing Syria’s oil fields came amid border clashes between Turkish and Syrian troops.

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!

CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 31 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has announced it is shutting down the 11-day strike and sending teachers back to work tomorrow without giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

After announcing agreement with Ford, UAW seeking to force through sellout deal

By Marcus Day and Steve Filips, 31 October 2019

The UAW is looking to quickly overcome opposition among workers at Ford and impose its sellout “pattern” agreement reached with GM.

Ford Canada announces more job cuts as GM prepares final shutdown in Oshawa

By Carl Bronski, 31 October 2019

The announcement is part of an ongoing $11 billion global restructuring program initiated by Ford last year.

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

According to new figures released on Tuesday, the United States has detained over 76,000 minors attempting to make the dangerous crossing at the US-Mexico border. This is a new record, 52 percent more than the detentions last year.

Independent pathologist says evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a homicide

By Kevin Reed, 31 October 2019

Private pathologist Dr. Michael Baden found that substantial forensic evidence exists showing that jailed multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein was the victim of “ligature homicidal strangulation” and did not commit suicide.

The Boeing crashes and the criminalization of American capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019

At House and Senate hearings this week, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged that he knew of the dangers of the 737 Max 8, yet not a single congressman or senator suggested that he should be criminally prosecuted.

Trump’s booing at the World Series makes Democrats and the media nervous

By David Walsh, 31 October 2019

What upsets all these people, in the final analysis, is the thought of masses of people taking matters into their hands, outside the established channels, including the “authoritative” media outlets.

Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown

By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2019

The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands in a crackdown against the mass protests that erupted earlier this month.

Democrats to hold House vote to authorize impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2019

The political character of those within the military and intelligence agencies with whom the Democrats are aligned is reflected in the Trump officials who have defied White House orders and agreed to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

GM execs gloat over new UAW contract in call with Wall Street investors

By Jerry White, 30 October 2019

In a conference call, GM CEO Mary Barra said the agreement would allow the company to slash manufacturing costs and expand the use of low-paid temps.

Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested in Washington DC

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2019

The independent journalist was shackled in a cage for five hours on a false charge stemming from protests at the Venezuelan embassy in April and May of this year.

Chicago Teachers Union preparing the betrayal of teachers' strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2019

The CTU is laying the groundwork for the betrayal of the ten-day strike of 25,000 public school teachers, the city's second-longest in over two decades.

PG&E "can tell you what to do and you have to pay them money"

Growing outrage over PG&E role in California fire disaster

By Gabriel Black, 30 October 2019

Millions of people are frustrated and sickened by the regularization of the blackouts.

New York City police kill five in less than a month

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2019

Behind the killings is the undoubted rise in social tension, the product of unprecedented inequality, along with decaying conditions affecting the working-class.

The global youth radicalization and the fight for socialism

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

The political awakening of the most educated, urbanized and technologically interconnected generation in history is of critical strategic significance for the entire working class.

An interview with the author of The Free State of Jones

Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

Bynum is an expert on the attitude of Southern white yeomen farmers and the poor toward slavery.

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019

Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.

New York City transit workers and the fight for social equality

By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019

Working without a contract since May, transit workers are facing unprecedented attacks on working conditions being demanded by Wall Street.

Hundreds of thousands evacuated, more than two million without power as fires continue in California

By Gabriel Black and Dan Conway, 29 October 2019

In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, millions are forced to spend days without power or flee for their lives as wildfires continue to rage.

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

By Jerry White, 29 October 2019

Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.

Trump makes fascist appeal to police in Chicago

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2019

The U.S. president doubled down on his efforts to rally support within the police and military for dictatorial methods and the use of state violence against immigrants and the working class as a whole.

Striking Chicago teachers and staff determined to defend public education

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with teachers picketing in Chicago on Monday who expressed their determination to defend public education and improve conditions in Chicago Public Schools.

Trump booed at World Series game

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2019

The incident came only hours after Trump’s nationally televised gloating over the assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract

By Kristina Betinis, 29 October 2019

In a rush to end the strike, CTU leaders offered to settle for additional school funding amounting to a fraction of a percent of the school district’s budget.

Right-wing politics in a “left” wrapper: Elizabeth Warren’s plan for education

By Nancy Hanover, 29 October 2019

Now hovering at the top of the field, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren continues her “left” populist appeal with her new education plan.

One year since the first Boeing 737 Max 8 crash

By Bryan Dyne, 29 October 2019

The year since the crash in Indonesia has exposed the collusion between Boeing, the federal government and the trade unions that led to the deaths of 346 men, women and children.

As educators enter eighth school day on strike

Chicago school staff union breaks ranks with teachers, signs tentative deal

By George Marlowe, 28 October 2019

The sellout contract agreed to by SEIU Local 73 paves the way for the Chicago Teachers Union to order the teachers back to work.

The murder of Baghdadi and Washington’s crisis in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2019

The targeted assassination of the ISIS leader was politically timed to deflect criticism within the US ruling establishment and its military and intelligence apparatus of Trump’s Syria policy.

“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”

Workers question legitimacy of UAW’s claims on GM contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019

Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.

Trump shifts from ending “forever wars” to sending tanks into Syria’s oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2019

While pitched as a defense against ISIS, the proposed occupation of the oil fields is aimed at denying vital resources to Syria’s government.

Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 26 October 2019

The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Justice Department probe of Russia-Trump inquiry has become a “criminal investigation”

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2019

The Trump administration is using the Justice Department investigation as a counterweight to the House impeachment inquiry.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

Over two million to be without power over weekend as wildfires sweep through California

By Dan Conway, 26 October 2019

Millions of Californians are told to prepare for further power outages as wildfires wreak havoc across the length of the country’s most populous state.

The police murder of Isiah Murrietta-Golding

By Tom Carter, 26 October 2019

The epidemic of police brutality in the US, which enjoys the full backing of the state, is a product of a social and economic system in deep crisis.

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike

The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2019

The strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, now in its second week, is at a crossroads.

Google announces a new breakthrough for quantum computing

By Bryan Dyne, 26 October 2019

By exploiting the quantum properties of matter at an atomic level, quantum computing represents a potentially gargantuan leap in computing power over ordinary machines based on integrated circuits.

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in triumphant return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2019

The current production marks the first time that Gershwin’s masterpiece has appeared at the Met in almost 30 years.

Trump proposal denies free school meals to half a million children

By Kate Randall, 25 October 2019

The USDA rule change would throw more than 680,000 households with children off food stamps. About 540,000 children in these families would no longer be eligible for free school meals.

US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2019

Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The UAW officials can’t be trusted, they’re greedy just like the company”

GM workers denounce UAW moves to end strike on management’s terms

By Jerry White, 25 October 2019

Given the widespread hostility to the contract, workers expressed shock and disbelief at the large “yes” vote reported by the UAW at several locals.

UAW rams through sellout, shuts down strike at General Motors

By Tom Hall, 25 October 2019

The shutdown of the strike, the longest strike in the American auto industry in 50 years, exposes the UAW as an agent of corporate management, organically hostile to the interests of autoworkers.

Walkout enters seventh day

Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union’s effort to isolate their struggle

By Kristina Betinis, 25 October 2019

City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers’ struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.

As Asarco copper workers continue their fight, unions isolate their struggle

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 October 2019

The unions are attempting to put maximum pressure on workers by providing totally inadequate strike pay and other support, forcing many to seek public assistance.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs internet censorship

By Kevin Reed and Andre Damon, 25 October 2019

At a hearing Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez demanded that Facebook “fact-check” political statements and “take down lies,” endorsing calls by the intelligence agencies for technology companies to censor the internet.

Tens of thousands of Chicago teachers and staff rally as Lightfoot administration announces austerity budget

By George Marlowe, 24 October 2019

The powerful strike by 32,000 teachers and school workers in Chicago is completing its third week today, as the city makes clear it will not agree to any of the teachers’ demands.

Chicago Public Schools teachers, staff and students oppose concessions

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 October 2019

Teachers, staff, parents and students spoke on their demands, the conditions in schools and their opposition to the Democratic Party’s decades of attacks on public education.

Trump urges congressional Republicans to “take the gloves off” in impeachment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2019

The White House has been panicked by signs of erosion of support against impeachment among congressional Republicans.

Video shows Fresno police officer shooting unarmed 10th grade boy in the head

By Tom Carter, 24 October 2019

After Isiah Murrietta-Golding’s body drops to the ground, another police officer yells, “good shot.”

Opposition to UAW-GM contract mounts at shuttered Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Samuel Davidson, 24 October 2019

Workers at the GM Lordstown Assembly Plant denounced the contract, which will result in the loss of their jobs and their forced relocation. Treatment of temporary workers was also a top concern.

Reports highlight rising methamphetamine health crisis across US Midwest

By Jacob Crosse, 24 October 2019

The number of meth related cases reported in the state of Wisconsin alone have surged by 450 percent over the last decade.

Police in Washington state seize cache of firearms from suspected Neo-Nazi leader

By Kevin Reed, 24 October 2019

Acting on the provisions of a “red-flag law” in Washington State last month, police from the Seattle area seized a cache of assault weapons from Kaleb J. Cole, a suspected leader of the neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division.

Recriminations within Brazilian ruling classes over Trump’s OECD snub

By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2019

Contrary to expectations, the US State Department didn’t propose Brazil for OECD membership, triggering a wave of criticism of Bolsonaro for the diplomatic failure.

Youth suicide rate skyrockets in the US: A symptom of a rotting social order

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 October 2019

In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 12-18.

WeWork CEO walks away with $1.7 billion as mass layoffs planned at failing office rental company

By Harvey Simpkins, 24 October 2019

While Adam Neumann receives an outrageous “golden parachute,” a jobs massacre is expected at the company which currently operates offices in 29 countries around the world.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe

By Niles Niemuth, 23 October 2019

The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Major distributors and manufacturers of opioids avert trial by reaching $260 million wrist-slap settlement in Ohio

By Brian Dixon and Benjamin Mateus, 23 October 2019

The settlement is seen as a “bellwether” case for future opioid lawsuits, with the companies making no admission of guilt for the drug overdose crisis which has ravaged the US.

Injured Honduran worker detained by US border agents after speaking out about deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

By Aaron Murch, 23 October 2019

Delmer Ramirez-Palma was one of five injured workers suing the owners of a hotel that collapsed while under construction October 12, killing three workers.

Solomon Islands deal with Chinese developer highlights Pacific tensions

By John Braddock, 23 October 2019

Repeated claims that China wants a military foothold in the Pacific turn reality on its head to justify the aggressive build-up for war by the US and its regional allies.

The New York Times, China, and the specter of the “Yellow Peril”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2019

In a full-page editorial in its Sunday edition, the New York Times engaged in a vicious anti-Chinese rant, warning of a “dangerous and growing threat” by the “aggressive … Communist state.”

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

By Jerry White, 22 October 2019

The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019

Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.

United Steelworkers prepare betrayal of Asarco strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 October 2019

The United Steelworkers is colluding along with other unions and the company to wear down the resolve of the workers on strike against Asarco through isolation and poverty.

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

At Sanders’ first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2019

The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

At Tennessee “informational meeting” UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2019

The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.

Opposition to GM deal grows as UAW rushes vote on sellout contract

By our reporters, 21 October 2019

The deal announced by the UAW last Thursday betrays all the demands GM workers struck for.

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site

Two years since the death of temporary autoworker Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 21 October 2019

The still unexplained death of Jacoby, a 21-year-old temporary part-time worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant, exemplifies the brutal treatment of temps, a central issue in the GM strike.

As UAW-company talks restart

Striking Mack Truck-Volvo workers struggle enters second week

By Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2019

Mack-Volvo workers face a conspiracy between the company and the United Auto Workers trade union, which is seeking to isolate them under conditions of growing class struggle.

Newark and New Jersey officials continue to dissemble about statewide lead poisoning crisis

By Shuvu Batta, 21 October 2019

Residents of Newark, New Jersey continue to be exposed to lead in their tap water, as city and state officials attempt to lie their way out of the crisis.

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.

Michigan’s Democratic governor takes lead in cutting 2020 state budget

By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2019

Democratic Party governor Gretchen Whitmer attacked the September 30 Republican budget as “a mess,” and then proceeded to redline major funding cuts.

The GM strike and the global class struggle

By Marcus Day, 21 October 2019

The strike by 48,000 US General Motors is part of an eruption of social struggle throughout the United States and the world.

Why haven’t Boeing’s executives been arrested?

By Bryan Dyne, 21 October 2019

Internal messages leaked last week again highlight the drive by Boeing to secure short-term profits at the expense of human lives.

Form rank-and-file strike committees to expand the struggle!

Chicago teachers’ strike in danger as CTU maneuvers to shut it down

By Kristina Betinis, 21 October 2019

The success of this struggle depends on a clear understanding of what teachers are up against—who are their friends and who are their enemies.

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

With this tentative agreement, the suspicions of many workers have been confirmed: the UAW is a bribed tool of corporate management.

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies

By Andre Damon, 19 October 2019

Clinton’s claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

By Tom Hall, 19 October 2019

The contract creates the conditions for a vast expansion in the use of temporary employees, while the supposed “pathway” to regular employment is worthless.

“They sold us out again!”

Autoworkers denounce UAW-GM tentative agreement

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.

As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down

By George Gallanis, 19 October 2019

What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.

Mack-Volvo Truck strike to idle 3,000 at Volvo’s New River Valley factory in Virginia

By Steve Filips, 19 October 2019

The strike by over 3,500 Mack-Volvo workers at production facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland will force the layoff of 3,000 employees at the New River Valley Volvo Truck Assembly factory in Dublin, Virginia.

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2019

Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump’s removal “the sooner, the better.”

UK police gain access to details of thousands of men, women and children through government’s Prevent database

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2019

In the three years up to March last year, 21,042 individuals were referred to the Prevent programme, giving the police full access to their private information.

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 18 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city’s demands.

No to the sellout contract! Take the GM strike out of the hands of the UAW!

By Tom Hall, 18 October 2019

The UAW is attempting to force through concessions that will set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.