By our reporter, 29 September 2020
Australian health workers speak out over the lack of PPE and proper training to deal with COVID-19, and the government’s run-down of the healthcare system.
By Alex Johnson, 26 September 2020
Students say their calls for adequate support and transparency, quality education, reduced costs and licensing accommodations have been met with indifference and hostility from university administrators.
SEIU and Illinois Nurses Association announce tentative agreements with University of Illinois at Chicago
By James Martin and Marcus Day, 25 September 2020
Simultaneously with the announcement of the deal, SEIU 73 shut down the 10-day strike by 4,000 university workers without releasing the full details of the agreement.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2020
Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.
By Andy Thompson and Fabian Salgado, 23 September 2020
To oppose the sellout being prepared, striking hospital workers must follow the examples of auto workers and educators by forming rank-and-file committees.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 23 September 2020
The indifference expressed by Trump to death on a mass scale expresses not only his personal outlook but the social policy of the ruling class.
Johnson government says UK COVID-19 infections could hit 50,000 per day as pandemic spins “out of control”
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2020
Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, an early advocate of a “herd immunity” strategy, conceded that only an estimated 8 percent of the population had been infected and that the majority of the population remain susceptible.
Whistle-blowers speak out as German authorities cover up coronavirus cases at schools and day-care centres
By Martin Nowak and Gregor Link, 22 September 2020
Despite hundreds of teaching and care facilities being infected, school and health authorities, as well as the federal and state governments, with the support of the trade unions, are doing everything in their power to continue reopening schools.
By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2020
The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases is the direct outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal back-to-work and back-to-school policies, which are aimed at guaranteeing corporate profits regardless of the cost in human lives.
By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020
The possibility that the university administration delayed the public announcement of the cases until after the strike was officially smothered cannot be discounted.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 September 2020
The only way for service workers and nurses at UIC and UIH to combat poverty wages and the threat of the pandemic is to take their struggle into their own hands.
By Jonas Boquist, 21 September 2020
The cancellation of the strike comes as 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in SEIU Local 73 remain on picket lines in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.
By Julie Hyland, 21 September 2020
The largest intended privatisation is the £100 billion-plus expansion of the national coronavirus testing programme “Operation Moonshot.”
As COVID-19 deaths approach one million
By Bryan Dyne, 21 September 2020
The pandemic has exposed the contradiction between the highly integrated nature of modern society and the outmoded and irrational nation-state system of capitalism.
By George Gallanis and Fabian Salgado, 19 September 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association ended the strike without a new contract and isolating 4,000 staffers on the picket line.
By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 15 September 2020
The number of new cases of COVID-19 hit a new one-day high of nearly 308,000 worldwide, bringing the global total to almost 30 million cases and 930,000 deaths. The United States alone will reach 200,000 deaths by mid-week.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 September 2020
Israel now tops the world rankings in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita.
By Kristina Betinis and Marcus Day, 15 September 2020
The now nearly 5,000 university health and staff workers are locked in a battle against the Democratic state leadership and must expand their struggle for health and safety.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2020
The announcement comes despite a late-July decision banning in-person teaching throughout the fall.
By Owen Howell, 15 September 2020
The official death toll reached 4,371 on Saturday, but the record of incorrect figures suggests that the real total could be much higher.
By Kevin Reed, 15 September 2020
The merger plans have been slowed down by opposition from Beaumont staff and a group of donors who are calling on the Board of Directors to fire the management team.
By Frank Gaglioti, 15 September 2020
An examination of the historical record demonstrates that infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be eliminated.
“In the end, it is all about profit"
By Benjamin Mateus and George Gallanis, 14 September 2020
UIH nurses in Chicago walked out Saturday to demand patient limits and safe work environments.
By Josh Varlin, 12 September 2020
Inequality, including in-hospital care, determined whether thousands of people in New York City would die of COVID-19.
By Norissa Santa Cruz and Carlos Reed, 12 September 2020
The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has done nothing to prevent the virus from claiming the lives of tens of thousands, most of them poor workers.
By Henry Hakamaki, 12 September 2020
Smoking and e-cigarettes are directly associated with increased risk of infection by the novel coronavirus.
By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020
University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020
Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.
By John Mackay, 10 September 2020
The data shows that services remain woefully inadequate to deal with the impact of the pandemic and its aftermath.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2020
UIH nurses in Chicago are set to begin a week-long strike over unsafe staffing ratios, which have provoked several stoppages by nurses across the country during the pandemic.
By Henry Hakamaki, 31 August 2020
Several recent studies suggest that survivors of the coronavirus can come down with a second case after recovering from a first infection.
By Benjamin Mateus, 27 August 2020
The change in guidelines has been met with a barrage of anger and dismay among various health experts and physician groups who have repeatedly stated that the key to suppressing the infection is broad, mass testing of the population.
“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”
By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020
Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.
By Alexandra Greene, 27 August 2020
A recent study found that 25,000 Canadians were either hospitalized or died due to self-harm last year, the equivalent of about 70 self-harm incidents per day.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 August 2020
Government claims that health staff had primarily contracted COVID-19 at home and in the community, as opposed to their places of employment, have been exposed as lies.
By Ali Elhassan, 26 August 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is preparing to place the burden of the pandemic-triggered budgetary crisis on workers, including frontline health care workers.
By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2020
The failure of health care facilities and employers to provide adequate paid leave has left health care staff with the cruel “choice” of risking hunger and homelessness by forfeiting their paychecks or becoming transmitters of the coronavirus in their workplaces.
By Margaret Rees, 21 August 2020
The Victorian Labor government is attempting to downplay the growing number of infected healthcare workers in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 August 2020
As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2020
The main “crime” of PHE for the ruling elite was that it was part of a “bloated” NHS still not sufficiently responsive to the expertise and “flexibility” of the private sector.
COVID-19 overtakes accidents as third leading cause of death in the US as testing continues to decline
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 August 2020
Despite the deadly nature of the virus, which has already killed more than 175,000 in the US, testing capacity is declining as states move to resume in-school learning.
By Marc Wells, 19 August 2020
The restructuring of the US union’s health plan will reduce coverage for thousands of current and retired performers and media professionals, along with their families.
By Alex Johnson, 14 August 2020
The largest healthcare chains, including Anthem, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group, have reported second-quarter earnings at double the rate from the same period last year.
By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government failed to undertake mass testing and left the country unprepared for a second outbreak of COVID-19.
By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020
A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.
“They are treating us all like pawns—we are the ones who suffer”
By our reporters, 11 August 2020
Thousands of health workers took part in demonstrations and rallies across the UK demanding a pay rise and adequate protection from COVID-19.
“They spout in the news ‘thank you to health care heroes’ but what thanks do we get?”
By Julian James, 11 August 2020
The NNU study shows that only 24 percent of nurses think their employer is providing a safe workplace.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 August 2020
Without any serious explanation by the government, the number of tests being done every day in the United States has dropped significantly over the past two weeks.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 August 2020
The number of daily COVID-19 tests in the US has dropped significantly in recent weeks in line with the increasingly feverish drive to reopen the schools.
Unions’ big lie to Quebec health care workers battling the pandemic: “The government will protect you”
By Richard Dufour, 10 August 2020
With the unions unable and unwilling to defend them, health care workers must take matters into their own hands, to protect their own health and lives and those of the public.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020
The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.
By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020
Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.
Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge
By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020
Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.
By Martin Scott, 7 August 2020
Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.
By Rory Woods, 7 August 2020
Hundreds of health workers demonstrated in London last week and dozens of protests are scheduled in cities across the country this Saturday, organised by Facebook groups.
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By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020
A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City’s health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020
The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2020
Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020
The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.
By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020
Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.
By John Braddock, 4 August 2020
A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020
July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.
By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020
Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.
By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2020
Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.
By Ben Oliver, 1 August 2020
Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.
By Stephen Fuller, 1 August 2020
A group of doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.
By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020
The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.
By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020
Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020
While the government claims that it is mounting a “successful battle,” the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020
The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 July 2020
Today’s toll of 723 infections and 13 deaths in Victoria demonstrates that the authorities have completely lost control of the state’s coronavirus surge.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020
Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.
By George Kirby, 29 July 2020
The medical center owned by the University of Michigan is cutting the jobs of hundreds of nurses, emergency technicians and other hospital workers.
By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020
Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020
Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.
By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020
Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.
By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2020
The pandemic has been exacerbated by the casualisation of the workforce that was engineered over the last four decades by successive Labor and Liberal governments.
By John Braddock, 23 July 2020
The global health and economic crisis is having a catastrophic impact on the fragile and impoverished former colonies across the Pacific.
Health and safety of medical workers jeopardized by world leaders’ negligent response to the pandemic
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 July 2020
Health care workers have faced the brunt of the pandemic, with tens of thousands who have contracted the coronavirus and thousands who have died caring for those infected with COVID-19.
By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2020
A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.
By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020
The pandemic has left approximately 5.4 million American workers uninsured between February and May, according to an analysis by the Families USA consumer advocacy group.
By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020
The nurses have taken a defiant stand not just for themselves but for all health care workers, but the unions are isolating their strike.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2020
Preliminary data shows that nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, a staggering increase of 5 percent from 2018, and that the toll will be even higher this year.
By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020
As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2020
Infections are spiralling out of control, because governments are refusing to implement measures that would impinge on the profits of the corporate elite.
By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020
Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020
The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.
By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020
As far as the capitalist class is concerned, if more workers die, particularly elderly workers no longer able to produce profits for employers, this can be a positive good.
By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020
Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020
The United States is leading the global toll of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, with nearly 3.2 million cases and 134,092 deaths as of Friday evening, about a quarter of the global total.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020
AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Joliet should reject the Illinois Nurses Association's deal, which does nothing to address chronic understaffing.
By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020
Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.
By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020
Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.
“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020
The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 8 July 2020
Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.
By Ali Elhassan, 8 July 2020
The warnings by mental health experts about the traumatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers are now being tragically borne out.
By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020
As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.
By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020
Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.
By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.