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Leo W. Gerard
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Leo W. Gerard, is the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

He also is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Committee and chairs the labor federation’s Public Policy Committee.

President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. He serves as co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and on the boards of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute. He helped create the Washington-based public interest group, Alliance for American Manufacturing.

He is a member of the IndustriALL Global Labor federation and was instrumental in creating Workers Uniting, the first global union, with leaders of the UK-based manufacturing union Unite.

The USW (United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union). is the largest manufacturing union in North America, representing 1.2 million active and retired industrial and service sector workers in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Entries by Leo W. Gerard

Voodoo Trickle Down Be Damned

(10) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 7:50 AM

Reaganomics, the plot to appease the rich and condemn the rest, got its comeuppance last week in President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

The president asked: “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?”

That’s the trickle down economy he’s talking about....

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Not So Fast, Congress

(15) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

He said as Congress convened this month that he wants to fast track Fast Track. He intends to ’git ’er done so...

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Put Working People First

(14) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:22 AM

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a third-quarter GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years.

It’s all so very jolly, except for...

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Ensuring the Uninsured Suffer

(201) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 7:27 AM

America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. It is a time when Americans demonstrate the generosity, caring and kindness that define them as a people.

Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking. Republicans already insisted...

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Bargaining Power to the People

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 7:58 AM

Earlier this month, in the sparsely populated Kentucky county that’s home to Bowling Green, officials voted to convert the place into a right-to-work (for less) sinkhole.

The county officials did it at the bidding of big corporations. They certainly didn’t do it for their Warren County constituents because employees in...

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Bad Trade

(13) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Under billions of tons of imports, the American dream is suffocating.

The American people have lost faith. They know that bad trade has bled factories, middle class jobs and wage increases from the country.

A report issued last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how bad trade...

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Moocher CEOs

(16) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:20 AM

Holiday bells are silent in the homes of America’s struggling working poor, even with gasoline prices at their lowest levels in years.

These are people derided as moochers because their starvation wages force them to accept food stamps to feed their children.

On the other side of town, inside gated...

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GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

(177) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:22 AM

At the first Thanksgiving 383 years ago, Native Americans and Pilgrim immigrants gathered with mutual respect to share a bountiful harvest they’d produced together.

This Thanksgiving, though, there’s no respect or sharing in the homes of GOP nativists.

Suffering amnesia about their personal histories, nativist Republicans want to expel the...

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Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

(42) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 8:02 AM

At a chemical plant called Point Pleasant in a town named Apple Grove in a state John Denver labeled almost heaven, a man known as Freel Tackett helped negotiate three collective bargaining agreements that provided raises and decent benefits for workers and retirees.

Heaven ended in 2007 for Tackett...

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Demand Representation From the Reds

(751) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:42 AM

It’s the redding of America. Republicans spilled Democratic candidate blood across the country last week.

Scarlet covers the map. Republicans took governorships in traditionally blue states. They won U.S. Senate seats in purple states. And they secured majorities in both houses of legislatures in 29 states of all...

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Vote for Yourself Tuesday

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:50 AM

The rich always vote for themselves. They go for their self-interest, their tax breaks, their liability escapes (think Wall Street). Meanwhile, they’ve relentlessly instructed the non-rich that they too must vote for the rich.

They’ve promised for decades that if the 99 percent just comply with the wishes of the...

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Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

(29) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 6:25 AM

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

If Hong Kong’s 99...

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Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Income inequality is killing the economy. Retailers, bankers and Democrats agree on that. Really.

It’s only Republicans who continue to insist that income inequality is great, so no one, least of all them, should make any effort to constrict the abyss between America’s struggling 99 percent and Americans who indulge...

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Happy Halloween From the GOP

(82) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Republicans have adopted a Halloween-themed campaign strategy that they hope will incite voters to run screaming from Democrats.

The GOP message: Americans should be very, very afraid because the homeland is under attack from ghouls and goblins manifest as Ebola and ISIS. Republicans even threaten boogeymen in the...

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Good People Don't Get Good Jobs

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:42 AM

When Mary Grace Gainer anxiously told her master’s and doctoral advisors that she’d noticed want ads for college professors diminishing, they assured her, “Good people get good jobs.”

So she focused on being very, very good. She earned straight A’s. She presented papers at academic conferences, including at Princeton. She...

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GOP Defrauds Voters

(1355) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:33 AM

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn’t like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats. 

Republican politicians have hatched a multitude of schemes in states across the...

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Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

(54) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Senate Republicans voted unanimously last week for elections that are competitions of cash, with candidates who amass the most money empowered to shout down opponents.

The GOP rejected elections that are contests of ideas won by candidates offering the best concepts.

Forty-two Republican Senators on Thursday opposed advancing a proposed...

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On Labor Day: The Tale of Generational Struggle for Middle Class Wages

(17) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM

When Fred Redmond, the Steelworkers’ vice president for human affairs, was a child in Chicago, he and a dozen siblings and cousins spent summers picking cotton for their grandparents in Mississippi.

Fred’s great, great grandparents had been slaves. His grandparents, maternal and paternal, were sharecroppers, working other people’s land. The...

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Let's Sue the GOP

(93) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:47 AM

House Republicans last week overwhelmingly endorsed suing President Barack Obama for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, a law Republicans hate and condemn and voted 50 times to repeal. So, really, the president did exactly what the GOP claims it wants. But they’re suing anyway.

On the other...

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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

(199) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:54 AM

Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will become Irish.

Medical device maker Medtronic deserted America for Ireland...

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