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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

Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

(198) 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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Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

(87) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:29 AM

The billionaire-hugging right-wingers on the Supreme Court, who began poisoning the American political process in 2010 with their Citizens United decision, dumped a truckload more Zyklon B into voting booths last week with their McCutcheon ruling.

While in Citizens United they awarded corporations the right to secretly shower political groups...

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Administrators Tell College Athletes: Don't Worry, Be Happy

(16) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Big league universities want the athletes they recruit to see them as substitute moms and dads. Don’t worry, they say, be happy, ’cause we’ve got you covered.

It’s all very appealing – until an athlete is seriously injured in practice or a game. Then the athlete may lose his scholarship. Then,...

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Directly Destroying Democracy

(60) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:14 AM

In the olden days, buying votes was a risky business. That’s not because the purchaser faced felony charges. No, the real peril was that the guy bribing voters wouldn’t get what he wanted.

The process was too indirect. The man with “walking around money” would tell voters what he wanted...

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Extra Effort Unrewarded

(113) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Republicans despise America’s poor and jobless. The GOP made that perfectly clear by repeatedly denouncing them and cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. But last week, Republicans revealed that they also hate hard-working Americans!

Republicans condemned President Obama for proposing to extend mandatory overtime pay to more workers. The GOP doesn’t...

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'Shut Up!' -- Really GOP?

(42) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:39 AM

“Shut up!” That’s what Republican darling Darrell Issa told a Democrat who tried to speak at a public hearing last week. Issa didn’t deign to actually talk to a Democrat; instead he cut the microphones so the Democrat couldn’t be heard.

Rep. Issa, R-Calif., silenced Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., the...

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Rights Only for the Right People

(75) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:10 AM

All those rights Americans cherish, those fundamental human and political freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution, Republicans contend those aren’t really inalienable rights or anything solid or permanent like that.

See, according to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing....

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Money Can't Buy Votes

(34) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:03 AM

Right-wing billionaires threw a hissy fit in recent weeks.  The 99 percent are persecuting them, the wealthy ones whined. That whole Occupy Wall Street thing hurt their feelings, conservative 1 percenters pouted.

The right-wing rich didn’t threaten to take their Shimansky diamond soccer balls and stomp home...

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No Pill's Gonna Cure GOP Ill

(204) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 6:48 AM

“Doctor, doctor, give me the news
I got a bad case of lovin' you
No pill's gonna cure my ill
I got a bad case of lovin' you

Whooaaa  ~ Robert Palmer, 1979, Bad Case of Loving You  

On this Valentine’s Day, as many as 4.4 million more Americans than...

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