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Olivia Wood

Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and an adjunct English lecturer in the NYC metropolitan area.

Student Workers of Columbia Reach Tentative Agreement

After more than two months on strike, the Student Workers of Columbia reached a tentative agreement for their union’s first contract with Columbia University.

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“Doomsday” Glacier Is Melting, Accelerating Sea Level Rise

Antarctica’s “Doomsday” Glacier is melting, and the ice sheet at its base will likely shatter into icebergs in the next five years. This will accelerate the pace of sea level rise, and the global working class will pay the price.

I Was Right Not to Vote for Biden

A Left Voice editor reflects on her own decision not to vote for Joe Biden, particularly in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and the COP26 climate conference.

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Imperialism Is Responsible For Omicron

With capitalism acting as an incubator for pandemics, and vaccine nationalism preventing an effective global response, it is no surprise that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has emerged. Waive the patents!

Columbia Gay Straight Alliance Supports Striking Workers. They Are Part of a Long Tradition of Queer-Labor Solidarity

An undergraduate queer student group at Columbia University hosted a screening of “Pride” (2014) in support of the student workers currently striking for their first contract. This is just one instance of a long history of queer worker organizing.

Wealthy Liberal Arts Colleges Are Exploiting International Students for Cheap Teaching Labor

Left Voice spoke to a teacher at Grinnell College about the working conditions of the severely underpaid “language assistants,” student workers who teach for-credit classes. Such practices are widespread across the United States.

The side of a yellow-orange school bus that reads "North Carolina Public Schools" and "Wake County"

North Carolina School Bus Drivers Begin Wildcat Strike for Higher Wages

In Wake County, North Carolina, about a third of all school bus drivers are refusing to drive their routes in protest of low wages and doubled and tripled workloads with no additional pay.

Healthcare workers at the picket line at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Buffalo Healthcare Workers Strike for Better Patient Care and Fair Wages

Left Voice visited the picket line at Mercy Hospital near Buffalo, New York. Nurses and other hospital workers have been on strike for three weeks, calling for safe staffing ratios and better pay.

10,000 John Deere Workers Go On Strike

Ten thousand workers at John Deere will walk out Thursday morning after management failed to reach an agreement with union negotiators.

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Abortion Rights Are a Labor Issue — Unions Must Fight for Them

Abortion is a labor issue, and workers should fight within their unions for a mass movement to protect abortion rights across the United States.

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As the School Year Begins, America’s Children Are the Sacrificial Lambs of “Return to Normal”

Recent CDC data suggests that without masking or systematic testing, 91% of children under 12 could become infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus within three months. In many states, ICUs are already full. This could have been avoided if not for capitalists choosing profits over people’s lives.

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Colleges and Universities Poised To Repeat The Coronavirus Surges of 2020

As the Delta variant continues to spread and cases of coronavirus in the United States climb to levels not seen since February, many colleges and universities are nonetheless preparing for a year of in-person learning.

Members of UniteHere! Local 23, wearing red shirts with their Local's logo, raise their firsts behind a sign that reads "Voting Rights Now!"

Texas Voting Rights Battle: All About Power, Not Democracy

Democratic lawmakers from Texas are attempting to prevent a vote on two bills that would restrict voting rights in their state. Republicans’ best shot at maintaining power may well be restricting ballot access, but the purpose of the Democrats’ response is to protect their own party’s power rather than to protect the democratic rights of Texans.

The Pandemic (Still) Isn’t Over

An overview of recent Covid-19 news and global capitalism’s role in creating the current situation.

CUNY Union Passes Resolution Demanding End to All U.S. Aid to Israel

Rank-and-file activists in CUNY’s faculty and staff union fought against bureaucratic machinations to pass a resolution calling for internal discussions of BDS and demanding that Joe Biden end all aid to Israel and other countries participating in human rights violations.

Why We Are Voting Yes on the PSC CUNY’s “Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People”

On Thursday, the PSC CUNY Delegate Assembly will consider a resolution introduced by rank-and-file members of several PSC committees, that condemns the Israeli massacres in Palestine and calls for CUNY divestment from firms that support the occupation. As elected delegates of the union, we support this resolution and call on our union to go further to end U.S. aid to Israel and the occupation of Palestine.

CUNY Students Turn Out in Support of Palestine

On Friday, May 28, students and allies demonstrated at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in solidarity with Palestine. This is just the latest manifestation of growing support for the Palestinian cause that has seen many rallies in NYC throughout the month.

A crowd of protesters in Dearborn, Michigan protest Biden's visit, they hold Palestinian flags

Arab Americans in Michigan Protest Biden’s Support for Israel’s Bloody War on Gaza

Thousands gather in Dearborn, Michigan to protest Joe Biden’s support for Israel and the ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people.

“You don’t speak for us. You harm us”: Elon Musk Does Not Represent Autistic People

Elon Musk has said he has Aspergers. Autism does not make you support imperialist coups or force your employees to work in unsafe conditions during a pandemic. Those are all symptoms of being a billionaire.

Graduate Workers of Columbia Reject Tentative Agreement in Historic Vote

The Graduate Workers of Columbia are the first graduate student union ever to reject a tentative agreement with their university. Student workers at other universities should take lessons from the successes of the strong fighting stance they have taken against the wishes of the union bureaucracy.

The Pandemic Isn’t Over

Joe Biden says that America is recovering. But whose America? The capitalists’ America might be doing okay, but working people are still suffering.

Book Review: The Tragedy of American Science, by Clifford D. Conner

Can science solve the world’s problems? Not as long as researchers are dependent on capitalist investment and access to new technology is limited to those who can pay for it. In his new book, Clifford D. Conner explains why.

Every Government Agency Serves the Bourgeoisie — Even the Post Office

A recent report revealed that the USPS has been secretly surveilling social media sites and reporting to the Department of Homeland Security. But the bourgeois function of the Post Office didn’t originate with online surveillance.

Columbia Graduate Workers Organize to Vote No on Proposed Contract

Graduate student workers at Columbia will soon be voting on whether to accept a proposal for their first union contract. But the proposed contract sells out almost all of their demands.

Biden Wants $715 billion for the Pentagon — Republicans and Democrats Alike Love Militarism

President Biden has proposed $715 billion for the Department of Defense in 2022, maintaining its funding at Trump-era levels. The U.S. capitalist economy cannot survive without a huge engine for death, and no amount of progressive legislative pressure can change that.

CUNY Student Senate Clashes over Palestinian Rights

Today, the CUNY Student Senate is voting on two resolutions concerning antisemitism, one of which uses a definition linking it to any criticism of the state of Israel. Under this definition, students advocating for justice for the Palestinian people could be subjected to disciplinary action on the grounds of discrimination.

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Columbia Grad Students On Strike for a Living Wage

Graduate student workers at Columbia University walked off the job yesterday, demanding pay raises and improved health care. Read our report from the picket line.

A group of people, mostly white men, mostly wearing dark jackets, jeans, and masks, stand in the street carrying signs that read "College Street Music Hall Stagehands Deserve a Fair Contract." One man is holding his fist into the air.

Stagehands Picket for Contract in New Haven, Connecticut

Stagehands working at a theater in New Haven, Connecticut, have been picketing to demand a new contract for a week. They work in jobs that have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Democratic Supermajority Won’t Save New Yorkers

The current state legislature in New York State is being heralded as “historically progressive,” and many unions and community organizations have high hopes for what they may be able to achieve in Albany. Organizing for direct change, using our strategic positions as workers, has the potential to be much faster and more effective than lobbying politicians.

Democrats Never Cared About Minimum Wage

Last night, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that a $15 minimum wage cannot be passed with a simple majority. Democrats have said that they will not challenge her ruling, making it clear that they will always prioritize the interests of big business over workers.