By Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2020
The AFT’s “Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities,” released on April 29, is entirely in line with the demands of Wall Street.
Lawsuit against US Department of Education claims wages being garnished to pay off student loan debt
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 May 2020
The lawsuit alleges 285,000 students had their wages garnished in the second half of March, despite being banned by the CARES Act during that period.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 6 May 2020
Absent the independent intervention of the working class, workers face a ruinous choice between risking their health and lives by returning to work or being driven into destitution.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 May 2020
There is increasing uncertainty about when live concert performances will resume, a demonstration of how culture is threatened by the criminal policy of malign neglect.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 May 2020
The recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths heralds even greater suffering by the population as states continue to reopen.
By our reporters, 4 May 2020
Hospitals are rationing masks even for frontline health workers treating COVID-19 patients.
US Amazon worker describes callous attitude toward safety as management reports $75 billion in 2020 revenue
By Nick Barrickman, 4 May 2020
Amazon did little to protect its workforce during the first several weeks in March, when the COVID-19 disease was declared a pandemic.
“They are sucking the lifeblood out of us”
By Kayla Costa, 4 May 2020
On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.
By Erik Schreiber, 4 May 2020
The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.
By Stephen Fuller, 4 May 2020
As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.
By Warren Duzak, 4 May 2020
Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey has refused to release figures on “probable” deaths where symptoms were present but no test was done.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2020
The Pittsburgh-based steel company sent out notices of potential layoffs to 6,500 in a devastating blow to workers, their families and communities.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 4 May 2020
US combat training of Sri Lankan navy personnel forces is part of Washington’s military preparations throughout the Indo-Pacific against China.
Scapegoating China for US administration’s failures
By Andre Damon, 4 May 2020
Knowing that its policy will lead to a rapid growth in fatalities, the White House is preparing a narrative to argue that whatever happens, it is China’s fault.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020
The killing of four students by National Guard soldiers touched off an unprecedented national wave of antiwar protests involving millions of youth.
By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020
US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.
By Kevin Reed, 2 May 2020
The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
By Anthony Bertolt and Christopher Davion, 2 May 2020
The Trump administration and local officials are trying to enforce a return to work in meatpacking plants while shielding owners from any liability for the deadly consequences.
“They are willing to kill us for their profits”
By Shannon Jones, 2 May 2020
Detroit auto companies are pushing for a May 18 restart but workers are resisting this attempt to force them into the factories during the uncontained COVID-19 pandemic.
As southwestern states begin to reopen
By Evan Cohen, 2 May 2020
Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020
While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.
By Carl Bronski, 2 May 2020
FCL responded to the contract rejection with a terse and arrogant statement that it will continue with its massive government-backed scabbing operation.
Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020
Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.
By the International Amazon Workers Voice, 2 May 2020
This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.
By David Walsh, 2 May 2020
The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2020
Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the “Future to Believe In” political action committee.
By Clare Hurley, 2 May 2020
Lange’s turn to documentary photography was spurred by the Great Depression as she sought to address economic inequality and social injustice through activism and the lens of her camera.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 May 2020
While it has been a public relations boon for NASA, Hubble’s true importance lies in its continued and vast contributions to astronomy.
2 May 2020
By Kevin Reed, 29 April 2020
An Economic Policy Institute survey shows that the real number of unemployed workers in the US is far higher than the official 26.5 million who have filed unemployment claims.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2020
The continued spending of trillions on arms and war amid the present pandemic represents a crime against humanity.
Round two of the “Paycheck Protection Program”: Another disaster for US small businesses and their employees
By Barry Grey, 29 April 2020
The abortive start of the second round of the “small business” program demonstrated that the vast majority of small businesses and their employees will receive little or nothing in relief from the economic collapse.
By Shannon Jones, 29 April 2020
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was among the top 20 highest paid executives in 2019 with Ford and Fiat Chrysler execs not far behind.
By Christopher Davion and Marcus Day, 29 April 2020
Trump’s executive order is aimed squarely at shielding the profits of Tyson Foods and other corporate firms, not at defending the food supply chain or the safety of workers.
By Richard Dufour, 29 April 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the reopening of the province’s elementary schools and daycares.
“This pandemic is showing that something is wrong in our society”
10,000 nursing home workers vote to strike in Illinois in the face of life-threatening working conditions
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage nursing home residents and staff, accounting for 35 percent of COVID-19 cases in Illinois.
As states plan billions in budget cuts to schools
By Alexander Fangmann and Nancy Hanover, 29 April 2020
As the ruling class prepares to use the ongoing pandemic as an excuse to carry out long-planned attacks on public education, pseudo-lefts promote Biden.
By Clare Hurley, 29 April 2020
Ninety-five percent of arts workers in the US have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with 62 percent now unemployed, according to a recently published survey by Americans for the Arts.
US billionaires increase wealth by $280 billion since March, as millions are unable to get unemployment benefits
By Gabriel Black, 27 April 2020
The wealth of the ultra-rich has surged since the March stock market slump, as the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic further concentrates the wealth of society.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2020
Whatever the claims of the various governors, there is no medical or scientific basis for lifting social distancing and isolation measures.
By Alex Johnson, 27 April 2020
An Economic Policy Institute blog reveals that some 9.2 million Americans lost their health insurance coverage over the previous four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Isaac Finn, 27 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized large sections of the nursing home industry, which have become controlled by corporate operators at the expense of residents’ quality of care.
By Carl Bronski, 27 April 2020
While Unifor has been meeting with the Detroit Three to plot a return to work, autoworkers have deluged social media sites with messages opposing a precipitous reopening of the plants.
“Would any worker want to put his or her child back in the plant?”
By Sheila Brehm, 27 April 2020
Travis Watkins, a contract worker and local United Auto Workers bargaining chairman was fired March 18 after he made a Facebook post alerting workers to possible infections at his plant in western Michigan.
By Erik Schreiber, 27 April 2020
As Amazon’s stock price reaches a record high, the company’s belated provision of inadequate protective measures is putting workers’ lives at risk.
By Jacob Crosse, 27 April 2020
Mayor Carolyn Goodman proposed “leaving it up” to the casino and hotel executives to determine what are necessary public safety measures.
“Veritable volcanoes for the spread of the virus”
By Alex Findijs, 27 April 2020
America’s 2.3 million inmates and 420,000 guards and staff are at high risk of infection, threatening tens of thousands of lives.
By Stephen Fuller, 27 April 2020
One-quarter of the residents of the Motor City cannot afford a car and many are forced to ride public buses, which have become a conduit for the spread of deadly disease.
Notes on police violence in America
By Aaron Murch, 27 April 2020
The boy survived the shooting but remains in a local hospital in critical condition.
By Marcus Day, 27 April 2020
From Georgia to Minnesota, US states are beginning to ease social distancing measures and reopen businesses this week, despite the growing death toll from COVID-19.
By Kevin Reed, 27 April 2020
Democratic politicians in Detroit and Michigan are collaborating with the Trump administration and the pharmaceutical industry in the rush to find a pandemic “wonder drug.”
By Nick Beams, 27 April 2020
Summers has a long history of supporting all the measures leading to the financialization of the American economy and the siphoning off of wealth and income to its upper layers.
By Barry Grey, 25 April 2020
Declaring bankruptcy would allow state governments to override laws and state constitutional provisions that guarantee the pension benefits of retired public workers.
By Clara Weiss, 25 April 2020
Every single one of these deaths and the vast majority of infections were preventable.
By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2020
Workers at General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales in Burton, Michigan are being told to report to work April 27 or face losing their medical benefits.
By Christopher Davion, 25 April 2020
JBS USA, the largest meat processing company in Minnesota, shut down its pork plant in Worthington on Monday, resulting in the layoff of 2,000 workers, many of whom are immigrants.
By Kevin Reed, 25 April 2020
Following Beaumont Health, which laid off 2,475 employees and permanently eliminated 450 positions on Tuesday, HFHS told workers they were being put on temporary furlough.
By Warren Duzak, 25 April 2020
While Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee claims the number of cases were leveling off, physicians have described the virus trajectory as “saw-toothed” with no real sign of flattening or subsiding.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 April 2020
The deployment is a tacit admission of the catastrophic conditions in many longterm care facilities.
By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020
The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2020
After a procedural delay, a vote to approve the measure that gives Lightfoot substantial sway over the city budget took place Friday.
By Eric London and David North, 25 April 2020
Ignorance, cronyism and gangsterism at the pinnacle of the American state.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2020
Last week the Nation magazine published an open letter, signed by 60 former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society, which calls on Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Joe Biden.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020
The actions amount to a death sentence for thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.
By Trévon Austin, 22 April 2020
Nurses countrywide are opposing the government’s bank-to-work demands and insisting they be provided with proper protective gear on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2020
Marked by rampant social inequality and economic insecurity and led by a ruling elite mired in aggression and war, Canadian capitalism regularly engenders outbursts of homicidal violence.
By Kevin Reed, 22 April 2020
Michigan’s largest health care provider, Beaumont Health, announced the layoff of 2,475 employees and the permanent elimination of 450 positions at its Detroit-area facilities.
$310 billion more for misnamed “Paycheck Protection Program”
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2020
The Democrats settled for a mere $75 billion for hospitals and a derisory $25 billion for coronavirus testing. They dropped their demand for relief to state and local governments and funding for food stamps.
By Julian James, 22 April 2020
Roughly 1-in-4 COVID-19 fatalities in the entire Veterans Affairs care system have taken place at a single facility in Massachusetts.
By Jessica Goldstein, 22 April 2020
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly received 3,000 complaints related to the pandemic, with state agencies receiving many times more.
By Philip Guelpa, 22 April 2020
Cuts to New York City’s municipal budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a devastating economic impact on the city’s working class.
By Ron Barzel and Nick Barrickman, 22 April 2020
The program would allow the city government to continuously track the movements of the population utilizing technology developed for the US occupation of Iraq.
By Eric London, 22 April 2020
Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Build rank-and-file committees at Amazon! For maximum safety, universal testing, and workers’ control of production!
Statement by the International Amazon Workers Voice, 22 April 2020
Amazon workers need organizations to fight, but the unions which are trying to “organize” them, have a long record of betraying the working class.
“Our life is not a game”
By Andrea Lobo, 20 April 2020
The strikes part of a growing international resistance involving workers across Europe and the US to demand the closure of nonessential workplaces and protection for essential workers as the pandemic continues to spread out of control.
By Carl Bronski, 20 April 2020
After walkouts by transit workers in Toronto and Montreal, rank-and-file workers in Edmonton are planning a work stoppage and circulating a petition.
By Nick Barrickman, 20 April 2020
On Friday, hundreds of people from Maryland and Virginia lined up outside of local MegaMart supermarkets with the hope of obtaining free baskets of groceries to feed their families.
By Kevin Reed, 20 April 2020
The two US tech monopolies that dominate the international mobile devices market have announced a joint effort to implement COVID-19 contact tracing technologies.
By Steve Filips, 20 April 2020
Essential workers such as long-haul drivers and freight service workers face a high risk of infection due to increased workloads and lack of basic safety protections.
By Sandy English, 20 April 2020
New York’s Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio announced deep cuts to education last week, with predictions of more to come.
By Matthew Richter, 20 April 2020
Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ontario’s hospitals were hopelessly overstretched as a result of decades of austerity and job cuts.
By Andre Damon, 20 April 2020
The government’s overriding concern is to ensure that the pandemic does not interfere with the enrichment of Wall Street and the major corporations.
20 April 2020
The letter was a reply to AHR Editor Alex Lichtenstein, who previously wrote a column defending the 1619 Project.
By Barry Grey, 20 April 2020
With his new ads, Biden lines up behind Trump's anti-China witch hunt, seeking merely to turn the chauvinist and war-mongering agitation against Trump himself.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 April 2020
Trump and the political establishment are seeking to enforce a return to work despite the warnings of medical experts that the US is nowhere near prepared to reopen safely.
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2020
Having announced his plan for the state-by-state reopening of the economy, Trump is seeking to mobilize his far-right base to press for a rapid lifting of barriers to corporate profit-making.
By Kevin Reed, 18 April 2020
Corporate health care providers in the Detroit area are attempting to impose financial losses associated with the health crisis onto the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2020
The shift of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to operational mode indicates rising concern within the US government that the crisis will unleash social upheavals.
By Andrew Timon, 18 April 2020
Maria Krier’s death is another tragic outcome of the appalling conditions in nursing homes throughout New England and the US.
Letter from Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos seeks to cover for efforts to exploit the COVID-19 crisis for profit
By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2020
In a defensively-worded “letter to shareowners,” the Amazon CEO sought to downplay and paper over the conglomerate’s abusive and reckless behavior during the crisis.
By Erik Schreiber, 18 April 2020
This ghastly discovery is symptomatic of the disaster unfolding at nursing homes in the state, across the US and internationally.
By Matthew Taylor, 18 April 2020
There has been no push for mass testing, with only 236,000 of the state’s more than 21 million residents tested to date.
Washington D.C. legislature endorses limited rent relief, bars assistance to undocumented immigrants
By our reporter, 18 April 2020
The city’s government left it up to representatives of the city’s tourist industry to provide assistance to undocumented workers.
By Roger Jordan, 18 April 2020
The campaign aims to divert anger over the Western powers’ disastrous response to the pandemic and further integrate Canada into Washington’s offensive against Beijing.
By David North, 18 April 2020
For the financial-corporate oligarchy, the pandemic has been viewed, above all else, as an economic crisis. Its principal concern from the start was not the potential loss of life but the destabilization of the financial markets, the disruption of the process of profit extraction, and, of course, a substantial decline in the personal wealth of the members of the oligarchy.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.
By Nick Beams, 16 April 2020
Any notion that there will be a rapid economic recovery once the immediate effects of the pandemic pass is being dispelled.
By Benjamin Mateus, 15 April 2020
Over 2,300 people died from COVID-19 in the United States Tuesday, in the highest recorded daily death toll of any country.
As pandemic deaths continue to rise
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2020
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday congratulated both Trump and the Democratic governors for moving to lift the restrictions on profit-making.
By Kevin Reed, 15 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exploded in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, exposing the catastrophic circumstances facing large numbers of elderly working class people.