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Leo Hindery, Jr.
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Leo Hindery, Jr. is co-chair (with USW President Leo Gerard) of the Task Force on Jobs Creation, founder of Jobs First 2012, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former CEO of AT&T Broadband and its predecessors, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media, and is currently a private equity investor in media companies.

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Glum and Glummer: Democrats (and Voters) Keep Overlooking Jobless Households

(10) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Every month for the last six years, I've published an analysis of America's Real Unemployment crisis, which includes several groups of unemployed American workers that the official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate does not factor in. We now know that in August, the Real Unemployment Rate decreased by 0.2...

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Manufacturing Jobs Remain an Imperative -- And We Still Need Millions More

(14) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Last week, BloombergBusinessweek ran an article entitled "Factory Jobs Are Gone. Get Over It" by guest columnist, Charles Kenny. Even the title of the piece seemed to us to be pejorative, and we feel that a much more honest assessment of the continued imperative for a robust American...

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Further Unmasking Corporate Political Spending

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Every day, more and more of the nation's leading companies are voluntarily adopting or strengthening their policies to provide for detailed disclosure of their political contributions and the extent of their lobbying activities.

Yet they're having to do so against very strong opposition from their own leading trade associations...

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Apple to American Workers: 'Scr__ You!'

(22) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Never has there been a bigger "Scr__ You" to American workers and manufacturing than tax-avoider Apple's tag line on all of its national advertising:

"Designed by Apple in California"

In his brilliant and brilliantly titled 2006 polemic Take This Job And Ship It, now-retired U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) called...

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Elections Have Consequences -- and Carry Messages

(131) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Dick Gephardt, the esteemed former House Leader, often said that "elections have consequences" and always "carry messages."

The consequence of the elections just past is pretty obvious. Despite a staggering $6 billion having been spent on all of the federal races ("Consider the Source," Center for Public Integrity,...

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We Need to Make Campaign Finance a Civil Rights Issue

(69) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In his final State of the Union address in 1944, recognizing that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had proven "inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness," President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on Congress to implement a "Second Bill of Rights," an...

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A More Honest Assessment of Private Equity

(62) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 8:54 AM

Last week, Jack and Suzy Welch published a no-warts-at-all 'defense' of private equity ("Mr. Biden, here's the truth about private equity"), which was little more than an attack on the administration and an endorsement of Governor Romney.

Jack Welch had a stellar 21-year-long run as CEO of General...

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Re Jobs, Pick the Low Hanging Fruit (Part 2)

(118) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Last September we renewed our earlier pleas to Congress to 'pick' the four low-hanging initiatives that would, if the administration and Congress together would only pick them, quickly create millions of new jobs. They were and remain:

1. Buy-Domestic Procurement Requirements. All infrastructure projects funded and guaranteed by the...

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Free Trade Run Amok: The 'TPP'

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Last summer, I described the then three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia as "clunkers" (see here). Each failed to meet the only standard which matters: Is it in the best interests of American workers and the U.S. economy? Regrettably, these three agreements...

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Lessons of MF Global: Stop Starving the Regulators, Especially the CFTC

(16) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Accountability through the "Sustainable Funding Act"

Anyone who thinks we've shut the barn door on misdeeds in the financial, commodities and futures markets just because of the well-intentioned Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (that became law on July 21, 2010) apparently has never heard of the latest...

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Making Corporate Actions Visible

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:01 AM

In a recent article we wrote: "America today is very different from the country that fought the Revolutionary War and framed the Constitution. Then, it was a nation of farmers; today, it's a nation of corporations."

Though we are today a nation of corporations, there is remarkably...

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China Trade: A 'Target Rich Environment.' Now, It's American Auto Parts

(26) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 9:53 AM

The post-Crash intervention by the Obama administration in mid-2009 in righting the General Motors and Chrysler ships was an extraordinary example of ideal cooperation between industry and government. And anyone who argues against it ignores the realities of the surrounding financial marketplace, which at the time offered absolutely no luxury...

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China's Latest Target in Its Trade War Against American Manufacturing: The U.S. Solar Industry

(139) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 8:30 AM

On March 27 in D.C., I will be part of a panel at the Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing, along with Leo Gerard (International President of the United Steelworkers) and Mike Mandel (Chief Economic Strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute).

Building off of Mike's ongoing...

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"Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?" -- They Both Need It and Deserve It

(155) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In one of the most uninformed -- and counter-productive -- op-eds we've read in the last five years, President Barack Obama's first chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina D. Romer, just spent 1,200 words arguing that we should do nothing about the crisis in American manufacturing....

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China: Continued Abusive Trade and Now a "Blue Water Navy"

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Two weeks ago, as the New Year loomed and many people were on holiday, the Obama administration -- specifically Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner -- announced, as quietly as possible, its decision not to label China as a "currency manipulator" even though in its required semi-annual report it stated that...

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The Reciprocal Market Access Act and IP Protection -- Too Long Overdue!

(5) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 8:30 AM

"America's trade policies often force domestic industries to compete on an unfair playing field with foreign competitors, and it's costing us jobs. To help address this problem, we have introduced H.R. 1749, The Reciprocal Market Access Act."
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY)
Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC)

Right...

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The Payroll Tax Cut Extension, the Republicans and Mitt Romney (et al)

(10) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 10:50 AM

I think I've more than shown that I'm willing to criticize certain Members of Congress and members of the administration alike when they miss the mark on fully resuscitating our wheezing economy and bringing fairness -- and full employment -- back to the middle class.

Through one and a...

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Campaign Finance Reform -- Now More Than Ever

(50) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM

Campaign finance in this country is in a very bleak place after decades of direct attacks and equally sad unintended consequences. The Supreme Court's 2010 landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC was the final straw in the corporate hijacking of our political system which began fully thirty years ago....

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Public Pension Reform and the "Little Engine That Could"

(44) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Rhode Island's General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is easily my nominee for the "Little Engine That Could" award.

Her politically courageous efforts to reform her state's broken and dramatically underfunded $14.8 billion public pension system are a high-stakes, against-the-odds example of lofty political leadership that deserves accolades. And if she...

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It's (Still) All About (Manufacturing) Jobs

(249) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 11:17 AM

It's hard to believe that nearly four years into the worst Recession since the Second World War, while mired in a jobless recovery of unprecedented length and magnitude, we continue to hear that manufacturing jobs don't matter.

Take, for example, the recent uninformed (and insensitive) remark of Steven Rattner,...

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