By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013
A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 9 May 2013
The New York City Department of Education announced the next round of school bus contracts, which threaten to lead to mass layoffs and the replacement of current drivers and escorts with part-time workers earning a fraction of the pay.
By a reporting team, 9 May 2013
Workers discussed the daily problems they face as well as the broader lessons raised by the storm and the response to it.
By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 9 May 2013
The class divisions, inequality and environmental crisis laid bare by last fall’s hurricane continue to deepen.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2013
Consolidated Edison is giving its top executives bonuses for “exemplary” work in 2012, a year marked by a month-long lockout of 8,000 workers and a collapse of electrical power during Superstorm Sandy.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013
A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2013
Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2013
The recent arrests of numerous New York Democratic and Republican politicians on charges of bribery and influence-peddling provide a glimpse of the corruption that is an integral part of capitalist politics.
By Jerry White, 8 April 2013
A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 April 2013
School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.
By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013
Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013
After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.
After shooting of Kimani Gray
By Sandy English, 25 March 2013
The New York City Police Department has stationed hundreds of officers in the working-class neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn since protests erupted over the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 March 2013
The latest attack on school bus workers underscores the need for a united struggle to mobilize the industrial and political strength of the working class.
By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013
As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.
One month after strike
By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013
Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.
By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013
More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2013
The Coalition for the Homeless reports an average nightly total of more than 50,000 in New York’s shelters, a record “since modern homelessness emerged three decades ago.”
4 March 2013
New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .
By Sandy English, 1 March 2013
The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City
By Jerry White, 27 February 2013
As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013
On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.
Many workers replaced by strikebreakers
By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013
The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2013
This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.
By Sandy English, 18 February 2013
Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013
The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.
By Sandy English, 16 February 2013
In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013
With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013
Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013
The New York City school bus strike has reached a critical turning point following the Department of Education’s opening of bids Tuesday for 1,100 school bus routes.
“I see this as an attack on public education.”
By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013
The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.
New York City bus strike in danger
By Jerry White, 13 February 2013
The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.
By Dan Brennan, 12 February 2013
Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on school bus workers’ job security is not merely a matter of individual cold-bloodedness, but rather the product of a decades-long process of deregulation and privatization.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2013
A glaring contradiction exists between the wide support for the striking school bus workers and the isolation of these workers from their genuine allies in New York and around the world.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2013
Hundreds of thousands remain without power after a massive snowstorm dumped three feet of snow in some parts of New England, paralyzing travel.
By a reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.
9 February 2013
The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013
An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.
By Jerry White, 7 February 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2013
Pretending to support both striking bus workers and parents, New York City’s Democratic politicians have joined the union in calling for a “cooling-off period” and negotiations on cost-cutting givebacks.
5 February 2013
A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 February 2013
In addition to penning workers behind barricades and blocking them from mounting effective picket lines at bus yards, New York City police have come to the direct aid of strike-breakers.
“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”
By our reporters, 4 February 2013
Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013
The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.
By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013
The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.
By a reporting team, 31 January 2013
The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.
By Sandy English, 30 January 2013
Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.
By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 29 January 2013
New York City’s school bus companies have threatened to begin using scabs to break the two-week-old strike in defense of jobs and decent transportation for 150,000 school children.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013
The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.
By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013
The National Labor Relations Board says it has begun an investigation of company complaints that could lead to an injunction to declare the school bus drivers’ struggle illegal.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013
Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.
By a reporting team, 19 January 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.
By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013
New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.
By Sandy English, 17 January 2013
Nearly 9,000 school bus drivers struck on Wednesday to ensure that job security provisions remain in New York City’s contracts with the private bus companies that transport children.
By a reporting team, 17 January 2013
The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013
The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013
The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.
By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2013
Stop-and-frisk has become notorious for making large numbers of New York City residents virtual prisoners in their own homes.
By Sandy English, 8 January 2013
School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2013
A new recovery package to meet needs after Hurricane Sandy barely scratches the surface in dealing with the devastation.
By Alan Whyte, 29 December 2012
The MTA has voted to increase bus and train fares, as well as tolls on the bridges and tunnels it controls.
By a reporting team, 29 December 2012
The WSWS spoke to New York City transit workers and to subway and bus riders in Brooklyn about the impact of the latest fare hike.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012
Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.
By Sandy English, 1 December 2012
Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.
By Dan Brennan, 20 November 2012
The scope of devastation wrought by Sandy was predicted by numerous scientific studies commissioned by government agencies over the past decade.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 November 2012
Residents of Knickerbocker Village had called for a rent strike over the lack of electricity, heat and hot water, conditions that led to the deaths of two elderly residents last week.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.
By our reporting team, 6 November 2012
Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
By Sandy English, 3 November 2012
New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.
By Kate Randall, 2 November 2012
More than 4.5 million remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while the threat of a fuel crisis grows and transit remains crippled in the Northeast.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012
Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012
Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2012
Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has left New York, America’s largest city and financial capital, paralyzed because of damage to aging transit and power infrastructure.
Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn
By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.
By Sandy English, 30 October 2012
SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012
The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012
Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.
By a reporting team, 3 October 2012
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.
By Sandy English, 18 September 2012
The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.
By Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012
Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By a reporting team, 18 August 2012
The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2012
The NYPD’s pursuit and execution of a 51-year-old man in New York City’s Times Square was only the latest in a series of killings by police that take place every day and in every part of the country.
By Dan Brennan and Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2012
Increasingly exposed as tools of management, union bureaucrats at Con Ed and elsewhere welcome the assistance provided by groups like the International Socialist Organization.
By Socialist Equality Party, 6 August 2012
The Socialist Equality Party calls on Con Ed utility workers to reject the contract agreement proposed by the Utility Workers Union of America, which includes all the major concessions demanded by the company.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 August 2012
The official summary of the proposed contract confirms that the union has made significant concessions, sparking an intense debate among workers.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2012
New York power utility Con Edison ended a nearly four week lockout of over 8,000 workers in advance of a major storm after the union makes major contract concessions.
By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012
The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.
By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.
By Alan Whyte, 16 July 2012
New York City bus and subway workers have been working without a contract since the last arbitrators’ award expired on January 15.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 July 2012
Con Ed workers spoke to the WSWS at a rally outside the company’s New York headquarters Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 July 2012
On the third day of its lockout against 8,500 utility workers, Con Edison is increasingly running the risk of power outages, delays in service and even deaths in New York City’s worst heat wave of the year.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012
Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2012
Scholars and researchers are protesting plans to change the character of the historic central branch of the New York Public Library.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012
The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.
By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”