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Austerity

‘It’s Devastating’: NYC Schools Face Enormous Budget Cuts

Left Voice publishes an interview with a teacher at New York City’s MS 839, who has been organizing with his school community against the city’s school budget cuts.

Emma Lee

June 20, 2022

Puerto Rican Unions to Hold Biggest National Strike since 2019

Today in Puerto Rico, workers and activists are calling for a national strike and mobilizations in response to the privatization of Puerto Rico’s electric grid under the U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy.

Maryam Alaniz

June 3, 2021

More Cuts at CUNY: Interview with a Grad Student Worker

Students, faculty, and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) are grappling with another series of cuts by the administration. Left Voice interviewed a graduate student worker who holds multiple part time positions at CUNY to learn more about the austerity being imposed on the university.

Left Voice

February 8, 2021

MTA Temporarily Averts Austerity. A Wealth Tax Could Save It.

The full MTA budget includes anticipated funding from a yet-to-be-passed coronavirus relief package. Cuomo could easily solve the MTA’s budget problem by taxing the rich.

Zed Simon

December 20, 2020

Governor Cuomo’s “Pay Cut” Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

All bourgeois politicians are cynical manipulators of public perception, but New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a master of the genre. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Cuomo has tried to sell himself as a tough, no-nonsense advocate of public health and shared sacrifice, but he is still the same run of the mill neoliberal that he has always been.

James Dennis Hoff

November 20, 2020

New York Postpones Raises for Public Employees; CUNY Workers Push for a Strike

As the state and city governments try to balance the budget without raising taxes on the rich, more than 100,000 public employees in New York are being denied their contractual raises and back-pay. Workers at the City University of New York are bringing a resolution for a strike authorization vote to the table, and other public unions must do the same.

Olivia Wood

November 14, 2020

What’s Next: Stimulus or Austerity?

Joe Biden will become president at a moment when the global economic downturn poses a critical question for U.S. capital: austerity or stimulus? The answer appears to be federal stimulus and austerity through state budgets. However it plays out, capital calls the shots.

Scott Cooper

November 13, 2020

Massive Protests Erupt in Indonesia Against Austerity

Thursday, October 8, the third day of protests in Indonesia against a legislative reform that slashes labor rights and threatens the environment, was marked by clashes with the police. Some 300 demonstrators were arrested in the capital, where thousands of people mobilized.

Salvador Soler

October 8, 2020

If You Kill the USPS, You Kill Us

Recent attacks on the Postal Service have weakened the infrastructure needed to get medications to working class, rural, and disabled people, which has become even more critical during the pandemic. 

K.S. Mehta

August 22, 2020