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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

TPP Would Further Emasculate America

(68) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 2:07 PM

A century ago, Carl Sandburg dubbed Chicago the City of Big Shoulders: “hog butcher for the world, tool maker, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler; stormy, husky brawling.”

All of this was true of America itself as well: Nation of big shoulders. The United...

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Donald Trump: The Answer to Curses

(18) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Donald Trump dares to say out loud what many people secretly think.

It’s a dark secret some people never share because they know it’s so offensive. Sometimes they say it only when they feel safe, when they’re among like-minded family members or with friends trying to drown financial fear in...

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Government Run Like a Business Poisons Kids

(240) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 8:29 AM

The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint.

That is, what they got was a government run based on GOP business values. 

To line the pockets of CEOs and shareholders, corporations cut...

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GOP Vows Sickness and Ill-Health

(194) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 7:46 AM

The grandest and most majestic first act of 2016 by the Republican majority in Congress was to take a meat clever and sever 17 million Americans from their Affordable Care Act health insurance.   

No chemo for you, cancer patients, the GOP declared. No plaster or slings for you, bone...

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Joy to the Workers

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 7:50 AM

The spirit of the season is generosity. Eight toys for Hanukkah. A partridge in a pear tree and 11 other quirky presents. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

It’s the thought that counts. And the thought is good-hearted. That’s why the season works so well.

To keep it all rolling happily...

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Burn the TPP

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 7:27 AM

Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shored community-sustaining factories, killed family-supporting jobs and crushed opportunity. 

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stokes that fire by urging Americans to blame anyone but corporations and corporate honchos like himself....

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It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP

(19) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 1:55 PM

We serve as representatives of American organized workers on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) and together have stated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a bum deal we cannot support.

By registering our dissent to the ACTPN report that endorses the agreement, the Teamsters, the United...

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One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 7:44 AM

This Thanksgiving, in dining rooms across America, the turkey will be smaller, the stuffing more meager, the pumpkin pie sliced thinner. Gratitude will be given. But roiling just below the surface, for far too many families, will be economic anxiety.

The vast majority of working Americans haven’t seen a...

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The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off.

That’s because just two years ago, in October of 2013, Markus and 750 fellow aluminum workers lost their jobs at Ormet when...

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The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 7:49 AM

Americans who once earned family-supporting wages working in factories, foundries and mills across this country began destroying themselves at a shocking rate five years after implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

That’s because such deals – schemes exactly like the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement released...

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Retirement Insecurity for Workers; Decadent Pensions for CEOs

(46) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 7:35 AM

Workers received a terrifying message last week, one far more bone-chilling than Halloween ghouls or Freddie Krueger. It was this: Retirement security is only for CEOs, not for workers. 

Two sources delivered this frightening news. One was a dozen Republican presidential candidates insisting during last week’s debate that Social Security...

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Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

(5) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 8:39 AM

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed.

He wasn’t speaking of his own aspirations, though. He conveyed absolutely no bitterness about relinquishing the potential to serve as president.

Instead, he voiced deep concern about an...

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TPP: Foie Gras for Corporations; Dead Rats for Workers

(41) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Some terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the 12-nation trade proposal completed last week, are so repulsive that the New Zealand trade minister who helped negotiate the scheme described accepting them as swallowing dead rats.

Here’s what New Zealand Minister Tim Groser said: “On the hardest core issues, there are...

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More Free Stuff for Corporations

(39) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Republicans and the rich guys who imposed 35 years of stagnant wages on American workers now offer a prescription for easing this pain!

Their solution for robber-baron-level income inequality is not the obvious: Give workers raises. They don’t want to increase the minimum wage, which would eventually push up...

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GOP: No Bootstraps for You, Baby!

(164) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Last week, Scott Walker one-upped the gang of GOP presidential candidates all jostling for the coveted Republican title of Best Billionaire Bootlicker.

He accomplished that by announcing with pomp and fanfare that, unlike those other Republican pansies, a President Walker wouldn’t stop at crushing labor unions. No. That wouldn’t hamstring...

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Disgraced United CEO Jeff Smisek Is the Reason for Income Inequality

(206) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Jeff Smisek, the guy forced by scandal to resign last week as CEO of the world’s fourth-largest airline, is a major reason American workers can’t get a raise.

Smisek and his overpaid boardroom buddies nationwide have swindled American workers and American communities in a scam to amass wealth for...

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On Labor Day: Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

(68) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 8:24 PM

Instead of picnicking, Steelworkers in six states will spend this Labor Day picketing the gates of a dozen Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) specialty mills.

These 2,200 Steelworkers are not on strike. They never even took a strike vote to threaten a walkout.

ATI locked them out of their jobs.


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Killing Uncle AL

(27) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Specialty metals manufacturer ATI reinvented itself in recent years. Instead of serving as a vital organ in the dozen communities where it operates mills, it decided to be a boil, blight -- a bane upon civic life in six states.

Communities once cherished their ATI specialty mills and the feeling...

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China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Confronted with a dire situation, a world power last week took strong action to secure its domestic jobs and manufacturing.

That was China. Not the United States.

China diminished the value of its currency.  This gave its exporting industries a boost while simultaneously blocking imports. The move protected the Asian...

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Lacie Little: You're Un-Fired

(82) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Lacie Little won back last week everything Indiana University Health Inc. took from her – except her job. Her beloved nursing job.

She got back wages and a formal public statement by the hospital corporation saying that it removed the firing from her work record. So she’s un-fired.

But she’s...

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