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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

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

(7) 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

(42) 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

(38) 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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Oil Corporations Scheme to Export America's Security

(42) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Oil honchos and their legion of lobbyists petitioned Congress last week to pad corporate profits at the expense of American energy independence and national security.

And Republicans on a Senate committee voted to comply.

On the demand of oilmen, the committee agreed to end America’s 40-year ban on exporting...

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Anti-Presidential: Money Grubbing, Community Disdaining Candidates

(54) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:48 AM

Donald Trump says exactly what the GOP believes. It’s a simple axiom: personal wealth accumulation is everything. Republican Party officials believe individuals like The Donald attain riches through their own guts, glory and gumption with not an iota of aid from community, country or, frankly, inherited wealth. 

It’s just that...

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Jeb! Cracks the Whip

(195) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Jeb! Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, whose family owns not a home but a compound of dwellings in Kennebunkport, Maine, and whose wife plunked down $25,600 for one pair of earrings, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.  

If Americans would...

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There's Always Money for the Boss

(15) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Businesses always find big bucks for the boss. He wants a raise; he gets it. No problem. For workers whose sweat of the brow produces profits, well, somehow there’s never a cent for them.

In fact, last week when President Obama proposed making more workers eligible for overtime...

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Obamacare Reconciliation

(31) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:48 AM

The Supreme Court last week ensured millions of Americans retained their health insurance. Those who kept their coverage sighed with relief. Democrats cheered.

Republicans reacted with vitriol and recrimination. Even the GOP dissenters on the Supreme Court couldn’t stop themselves from responding with bitter sarcasm. Weirdly too, with language like...

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Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

(21) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 8:58 AM

In a close vote last week, a majority in the U.S. House chose to continue glomming onto the same tired old broken-down trade tactics that have closed American factories, cost American jobs and caused massive trade deficits.

The majority voted to sustain for the next six years trade policies...

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Democracy Demoralized

(56) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 8:52 AM

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it’s no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

The extent of Americans’ cynicism about purchased politicians was revealed last week in poll results...

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