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Marco Trbovich
Marco Trbovich is Vice President of Strategic Communications for
Tricom Associates, his most recent position in a 30-year career of
progressive activism that has included work as a journalist, political consultant, public official and union communicator. Trbovich served as Assistant to the International President of the United Steelworkers, following work as a reporter
covering politics for the Detroit Free Press and the 1980 presidential election
for the Boston Phoenix.

Marco has served as Director of Public and Governmental Affairs for the
Massachusetts Port Authority, Assistant Director of a White House Task
Force on Youth Employment in the Carter Administration, and as Director of
Labor Policy for John Kerry's Presidential campaign. Recently, Marco published a novel, Unmoored, available at

He and his wife Mitza reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Entries by Marco Trbovich

Workers' Capital Stewards Urge United Commitment to Economic Impact Investing

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Stewards of some of the nation's sizeable pension funds assailed Wall Street's excessive management fees, condemned the financial sector's business model for pension fund investments, and urged greater collaboration among investors of workers' capital in job growth and community wellbeing.

The critiques occurred during an Economic Impact Investment Forum in...

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Transitional, Not Transformative

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Before a final vote had been tabulated, the Beltway punditry were already at work speculating on how the newly reelected president would cope politically with the reactionary intransigence of Republican opposition and the so-called "fiscal cliff" that he had allowed them to frame as the most consequential issue in the...

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Responsible Private Equity Investors Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Private equity firms and their investors from Taft-Hartley and state pension funds offered compelling accounts of their success in securing profitable returns on investment in U.S. manufacturing -- especially in the Midwest -- at the Heartland Capital Strategies fourth and final Responsible Investment Forum, organized in collaboration with the Blue...

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Chair of Financial Inquiry Commission Assails Wall Street's Continuing 'Breaches of Ethics'

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 6:34 PM

On the very day that Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith announced his resignation in revulsion over how the firm is callously "ripping their clients off, " Phil Angelides, chair of the nation's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, expressed his continuing disgust with how Wall Street has become "a casino floor as...

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Atlanta Mayor Joins Heartland Forum to Urge Investments in Sustainable Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 10:55 AM

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed led a presentation on his city's initiative to retrofit a wide range of commercial, public and residential buildings in a 400-block area of downtown that proved the highlight of a gathering of investors, pension fund managers, business, labor and community leaders at Heartland Capital Strategies' first...

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The State of Charade

(17) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 11:27 AM

The "Be Your Best Buddy" seating arrangement for the State of the Union address, cited by mainstream media commentators as a symbol of renewed political comity, eliminated more than partisan aisles. In concert with the president's address, it swept away any doubt that American politics has become a single-party system...

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George Will Redefines History

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 11:46 AM

Flush with triumphal passion, Washington Post columnist George Will's celebratory screed in the aftermath of the midterm Republican victories offered ample evidence that he will not easily surrender to President Obama the gold cup for world-class hauteur.

Unwilling to settle for the nation's joblessness and disgust with Wall Street as...

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Emerald Cities Shines a Light on Green Jobs

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 4:10 PM

The possibility that green jobs may be the key to economic recovery and environmental sustainability is all the rage in media coverage these days. The New York Times has run several features on their prospects, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published a 50-page, four-section feature entitled, "Going for the Green:...

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Obama Skirts the Real Jobs Issue: Industrial Employment

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 3:17 PM

A Miller Lite TV commercial currently airing features a young fellow unable to disgorge the word "love" to his adoring female companion. President Obama appeared plagued by a similar inability to say the word "manufacturing" in his State of the Union address, ostensibly designed to exhibit a renewed focus on...

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Greening Workers' Wallets

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 2:54 PM

Recent research by Ralph Whitehead at the University of Massachusetts goes a long way toward explaining why a significant portion of the electorate was so anxious for change on election day. For the 70 percent of working Americans who do not have a college education, prosperity has been disturbingly beyond...

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Reactionary Republicanism Reaches New Low

(46) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 2:41 PM

The mendacity of the Republican Senate's decision to scuttle a bail out of Big Three automakers is only surpassed by their venality in trying to finger the UAW as the culprit in the piece. There is little question that management at the Big Three has been clueless for years, but...

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Obama's Global Challenge

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2008 | 4:08 PM

A recent Huffington Post piece by high ranking Obama campaign strategist Steve Hildebrand urged that progressives stop calling out some of the president elect's appointees as fellow travelers of the Clinton era triangulators, and suggested in effect that progressives give progress a chance -- a mild protest that might easily...

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Obama's Industrial Challenge

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 11:34 AM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently made a blunt pronouncement that the incoming Obama administration would be well advised to take to heart. "Once the factories go," he said, "everything goes."

With America's industrial sector going bust at an alarming rate, Sarkozy's prophecy could prove the biggest impediment to the...

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Paulson Cuts Goldman Sachs a Sweetheart Deal

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 5:28 PM

An analysis of the bailout deals Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has been cutting with taxpayer dollars reveals he's giving the culprits who created the nation's credit crisis what amount to sweetheart deals, including what one outraged critic calls a $5-billion "gift" to Goldman Sachs, the firm Paulson headed before joining...

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Regulating the Deadwood on Wall Street

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 11:49 AM

The sensible reaction to last week's Congressional testimony by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is: beware of deregulators bearing contrition.

The high rollers whose Wall Street casinos Greenspan heralded for years are unlikely to surrender their latter-day Deadwood without a fight. Indeed, Greenspan's testimony is more likely...

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The Seventy Percent Solution

(66) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 1:04 PM

Whoever is elected president on November 4th faces a "honeymoon" so troubled that he may sue for annulment before it's over.

Politicians seldom relish dealing with harsh realities, let alone dire economic straits. More often than not, they make tough choices only grudgingly, like the equivocating character in a Woody...

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