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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

Donald 'You're Fired!' Trump, Kills Jobs

(22) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 7:46 AM

After mouthing off in ways that had the effect of repeatedly shooting himself in the foot, Donald Trump tried to recover last week by puffing himself up as the jobs candidate.

“When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports, or the factories moving overseas to Mexico...

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Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses

(10) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 7:55 AM

Using rape-and-pillage corporate practices favored by Wall Street, Donald Trump made himself billions while swindling and bankrupting untold numbers of hourly workers and small businesses.

In recounting his “deal-making” experience, Trump says the important thing is that he made a buck, that he came out rich. He ignores the...

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Small Mindedness, Not Small Hands, Disqualifies Trump

(131) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 11:05 AM

Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum when labeled a small-hands man because he believes everything about him is huge: big wealth, big wall, big mouth.

There’s some evidence he thinks expansively about business because he built a billion-dollar empire out of what he called a “small” $1 million loan...

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The Buck Never Stops at Donald Trump

(20) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 7:35 AM

Way back in January, Donald Trump got himself a ton of prime publicity on the backs of veterans. He organized a benefit that he said was for them. But really he did it because he didn’t feel like debating other GOP presidential candidates that night.

At the event, he boasted...

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Dodgin' Donald's Hiding Something in Those Unreleased Tax Returns

(373) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 12:16 PM

Donald Trump scorns traditional presidential candidate standards. The Donald doesn’t do what’s expected. And he certainly doesn’t do what he tells other candidates they must do.

If Donald doesn’t feel like debating, he stiffs his opponents and grabs attention doing something different. If he finally realizes there’s no way to...

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Really, Really Rich Trump Is No Workers' Champion

(143) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 7:30 AM

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald  “I am really, really rich” Trump is, according to Forbes, the 121st richest person in America. So, yes, he is really, really rich.

He loves the perks of being really, really rich, like flying to campaign events in one of his own private...

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Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 8:00 AM

On the fourth anniversary of the Korean trade deal, its lofty promises have been revealed as putrid pie in the sky:  More jobs lost. No exports gained.

Just like NAFTA, just like China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), free traders swore that the Korean deal would shower jobs...

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Outlaw Chinese Steel

(173) 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

(35) 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

(56) 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

(60) 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

(27) 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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