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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

Killing Uncle AL

(26) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 6:00 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 | 7:34 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 | 8:45 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 | 7:30 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 | 7:48 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

(204) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 7:44 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 | 7:32 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 | 7:48 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 | 7:58 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 | 7:52 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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Trade Enforcement Failure

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 7:22 AM

It’s all the rage now for Republican presidential candidates to spurn the Royal Romney approach and, instead, fawn over workers.

When former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announced his presidential bid last week, he did it from a factory floor and called for increasing the minimum wage. Former New York...

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Forced Trade

(13) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades.   

Under the free trade regime, rich and powerful corporate interests have...

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New Rules

(8) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week.  Felonies! They are scandalous crimes, too: fraud and antitrust violations.

Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy dressed in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks...

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Trade Abuse

(29) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:39 AM

America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations.

Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these lawmakers and CEOs contend workers should believe that their new proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be different. President Obama...

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The Words of Dead Workers

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 7:52 AM

To give voice to 35 workers killed on the job over the past 35 years at a massive refinery in Texas City, hundreds of surviving family members, co-workers and friends gathered there last month to erect white crosses marked with their names.

They conducted the ceremony on the 10th...

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Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

(69) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Free traders in Congress formally proposed last week that lawmakers relax, put their feet up and neglect the rigor of legislative review for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade scheme.

The TPP is a secret deal among 12 Pacific Rim nations that was covertly negotiated by unelected officials and corporate bosses....

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The High Cost of Fighting for $15

(18) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 7:59 AM

This is no plea for pity for corporate kingpins like Walmart and McDonald’s inundated by workers’ demands for living wages.

Raises would, of course, cost these billion-dollar corporations something. More costly, though, is the price paid by minimum-wage workers who have not received a raise in six years.  Even more...

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Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

(736) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 7:37 AM

After Indiana Republicans passed a license to discriminate law, a restaurant called Memories Pizza in the Hoosier town of Walkerton stepped up last week to make sure potential customers knew its religious rules: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Certification of Heterosexuality, No Service.”

Indiana GOP Gov. Mike...

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Bad Trade

(27) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 7:50 AM

Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama.

That’s in just the past three months.

The families of furloughed workers are struggling to pay mortgage bills. The communities, losing tax dollars, are...

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The GOP Has Money to Kill

(8) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 7:37 AM

Shock and awe describes the budgets issued last week by Republicans in the House and Senate. The shock is that the GOP never stops trying to destroy beloved programs like Medicare. Awe inspiring is their audacity in describing their killing plans as moral.

When the House released its budget last...

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