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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

Outlaw Chinese Steel

(164) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 7:43 AM

Forged with the despicable dividend of stolen trade secrets, priced with monopoly collusion, then traded with fraudulent labeling to dodge U.S. duties, steel from China violates every principle of capitalism. That’s in addition to defying both U.S. and international trade laws.

It’s outlaw steel. And last week, U.S. Steel Corp....

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GOP: It's OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 7:42 AM

Alan White couldn’t shout jubilation from the rooftop on March 25 when he heard that the U.S. Department of Labor, after decades of trying, had finally issued a stricter rule to limit exposure to potentially deadly silica dust in workplaces.

He was happy, all right. After all, he’d worked...

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American Workers Crushed Under China's Deliberate Overproduction

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 7:39 AM

I went to Washington, D.C., last week to ask trade experts and lawmakers to stop the relentless, lawless, callous dumping of Chinese steel, aluminum, paper, rubber, glass, chemicals and other products, which has closed mills, killed jobs, destroyed lives, devastated American communities and imperiled national security.

American steel is made...

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Pensions: For CEOs Only

(60) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 7:48 AM

Grandma skips meals. Her house is always cold. She barely skimps by, subsisting on just Social Security because of a bunch of pension-killing CEOs and self-dealing financial “advisers.”

The U.S. Labor Department offered some rules last week to help grandma with half the reason she’s got no pension or 401(k)...

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GOP Hate Exacts a Toll

(58) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 8:22 AM

For years, Republicans have kept a gambit going where they gin up hate for political gain.

They condemn marriage equality. They throw a hissy fit about what bathroom transgender people use. They try every dirty trick in the book to prevent black people from voting. They blame undocumented immigrants for...

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Senate GOP Disses American Voters

(61) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 7:45 AM

Senate Republicans are flipping off the President of the United States by refusing to conduct a confirmation hearing for his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By doing this, the majority party in the Senate is saying it doesn’t acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate, twice-elected U.S. President with...

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When a Coin Drops in Asia, Jobs Disappear in Detroit

(41) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 7:01 AM

Last year, free trade hammered Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, located between Detroit and Flint, killing manufacturing, costing jobs and crushing dreams.

It’s not over, either. Another 11th District company, ViSalus Inc., told the state it would eliminate 87 jobs as of last Saturday, slicing its staff by nearly...

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When Too Much Is Terrible

(23) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 6:51 AM

It’s lights out in Lorain on March 31. The town’s steel mill, site of a new electric arc furnace and $120 million investment, had given 1,200 Ohioans good middle-class jobs this time last year.  

But by April, a relentless avalanche of underpriced Chinese steel will have shoved

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Murdering American Manufacturing: 'Strictly Business'

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 7:05 AM

In the week before Valentine’s Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, their communities’ resources to Mexico.

A few workers shouted obscenities...

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One Percenters Get Their Own Special Social Welfare Deal

(59) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 6:37 AM

One percenters have it all, extra houses, extra cars, even an exclusive legal defense if they kill, “affluenza,” to keep them out of jail.

But until last week, they felt unfairly denied access to the benefits of social welfare organizations, United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the like. Now, these...

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TPP Would Further Emasculate America

(69) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 1:07 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 | 7:21 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 | 7:29 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 | 6:46 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 | 6:50 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 | 6:27 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 | 12:55 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 | 6:44 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 | 6:30 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 | 6:49 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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