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Leo W. Gerard
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

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

(29) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:25 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 | 7:42 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 | 8:21 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 | 7:42 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 | 7:33 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 | 8:21 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 | 10:00 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 | 7:47 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 | 7:54 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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Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Americans devoted Friday to celebrating independence. Flags and fireworks, picnics and pledges of allegiance abounded.

But there’s no liberty and justice for all if Americans aren’t economically independent.  Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises....

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Asian Steel Industry Eats America's Lunch

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:47 AM

In the depth of the recession, some foreign countries made a simple calculation. They’d subsidize their steel industries even though that violates international trade rules. It paid off by keeping their citizens employed, paid and fed.

These countries banked on dumping their excess steel in the United States. That has...

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Americans Can Do Anything

(14) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:40 AM

Ketchup king H.J. Heinz Co. announced last week that it’s working with Ford to convert tomato waste into auto parts. Now that’s an innovative Fusion!

In addition, it is further proof that Americans can do anything. They sent a man to the moon and a rover to Mars. They...

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GOP Overlords Rule with Handcuffs

(64) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:17 AM

A dozen North Carolinians had the brazen idea that, as American citizens, they could exercise their right to express their concerns to one of their elected representatives, Thom Tillis, who is the general assembly’s Speaker of the House.

They waited patiently for 10 hours in Tillis’ office in...

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My Workers Are Better Than Your Workers

(52) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 7:46 AM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw a little hissy fit last week, stomping its Gucci-shod feet over a new rule requiring corporations to report the difference in pay between their median workers and their CEOs. 

As usual, the naval-gazing Chamber got it all wrong. The big business lobby whined and wailed...

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An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Steelworkers and CEOs, Democrats and Republicans are rallying together this month across the country to alert their fellow Americans to a threat to independence.

These groups, often at each other’s throats, have allied to confront a surge in dumped foreign steel, an illegal practice that jeopardizes the viability of...

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GOP Divorced From Reality on Obamacare

(296) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:37 AM

The GOP wants America to divorce Obamacare so badly that Republicans are willing to stoop to the tactics of prototypical evil mothers-in-law – nitpicking, backbiting, and straight up lying. 

Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly – at their own hearing on Obamacare. As...

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Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

(213) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 8:04 AM

Those of the ilk of rancher Cliven Bundy and billionaire Donald Sterling believe there’s a place for African-Americans. And, Sterling said in a taped conversation, that place certainly is not in photographs with his girlfriend posted on Instagram.

Bundy, who stiffed the federal government for $1 million in grazing...

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Lucky to Be Alive on Workers' Memorial Day

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:36 AM

On Feb. 12, Edward Lewis Neal told his wife goodbye and drove to the Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana, Ark., where his co-workers called him Preacher because of his ministry at the Springdale Church of God and Christ.

When an ambulance took Preacher from Cooper Tire that day, he left...

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The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

(230) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 7:51 AM

Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It’s the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much.

The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 an hour for...

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GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

(165) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:26 AM

Rejecting dozens of heroic characters, from Captain America to Underdog, Republicans last week chose instead a villain for their figurehead. 

They selected Prince John, the guy who coddled the rich and tried to crush Robin Hood. House Republicans voted to elevate Prince John as their champion when they passed a...

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