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Leo Gerard

Scalia on Retirees Losing Their Health Insurance: 'I Can't Feel Bad About It'

Nan Aron | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

In Apple Grove, West Virginia, there are some retirees from a chemical plant whose Christmas wishes probably include this: They want to keep the health insurance they were promised.

Winning the Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a major victory. The shutdown's ending, the government isn't defaulting (at least not yet), and Democrats didn't yield in the face of threats and bullying. But what happens next could shape our fate for many years to come.

Dave Jamieson

Mr. 47 Percent Has A New Gig | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Now that he's gone public, Scott Prouty, the man behind the infamous "47 percent" video of Mitt Romney's remarks at a Florida fundraiser...

The Left Unfiltered

Richard Brodsky | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

What comes across TV screens and printed pages as muddy and remote was given a sparkling clarity by an unlikely trio. Demos honored Republican former FDIC chief Sheila Bair, founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-Jen Poo, and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.

An Anti-Worker Union

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Ken Blackwell

Union leaders supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline understand that supporting jobs for their members is the reason the unions exist, not to join with the enemy and fight against their own members' best interests.

Why Do Unions Want to Hurt Job Creators?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Why do unions oppose repatriation, a proposal to allow a lower tax rate for a defined time period for U.S. companies seeking to bring money earned overseas back into the country, as a solution to stimulate the economy?

Who Knew That Cairo Was This Chilly?

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Bottari

In addition to absurd suggestions that President Obama is behind the whole thing (he has been AWOL and unhelpful), one aspect missing in the debate surrounding this bill is the role of Wall Street.

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

Steele Blasts Buy America For Being Too Weak, but GOP Opposed Buy America

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Steele's criticism is interesting because stimulus money going to overseas firms was the direct result of conservative opposition to attempts to keep that money in America

Gallup: Americans Think the Best Way to Create Jobs Is to Protect Manufacturing

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Senate Democrats should go back to the drawing board and do a real job bills that makes America competitive with China by investing in infrastructure with Buy America provisions.

Ron Bloom: Obama's Manufacturing Czar, 'The Proletarian Schlub' Charged With Saving American Jobs

The New Republic | Noam Scheiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A few weeks after the 2008 presidential election, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard got a call from an Obama transition aide frantic for advice...

Key Senators, Krugman Call for Tariffs on High-Carbon-Footprint Imports

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

In the wake of the China tire-import decision, we have heard a lot of rhetoric falsely labeling it as the beginning of a trade war. It is not. Workers around the world are engaged in an effort to protect themselves.

New Reason for Devotion to Employee Free Choice Act

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For Ted Kennedy, for Crystal Lee Sutton, for us all, America ought to have the Employee Free Choice Act.

Obama Shows Encouraging Signs on China, But Is It A Smokescreen?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

While the Administration is making some initially encouraging signs on trade, only over time will we know whether the Administration truly intends to pursue a policy of fair trade that leads to prosperity in all nations.

Forging a Green Economic Recovery at Home

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

Manufacturing is moving into a new, energy-efficient stage, but it's in danger of leaving out the American worker altogether without an aggressive approach in Washington to encourage its domestic growth.

Lobbyists Paid Off by China vs. 30,000 U.S. Workers: Which Side Will Obama Choose?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

So far over 8,000 people have lost their jobs, and over 20,000 more jobs are at risk if the Chinese are allowed to continue with this strategy of not obeying trade laws.

GE Promotes Manufacturing Jobs in US, Then Ships 'em Overseas

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Without a new American manufacturing policy there will be no economic recovery. We need to move beyond a bubble economy built on debt and financial speculation and into a real economy that actually makes products.

Will Protectionism Protect Our Workers?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Many in China already resent US economic bullying and blame Wall Street for selling them junk loans and infected financial products that have caused vast economic losses.

July 11th: Giant Employee Free Choice Act Events Across Arkansas

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Never before in Arkansas history, have two of the most important national labor leaders led such a high profile march and rally in Little Rock.

Did Barack Obama "Kill" the Progressive Movement?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand that nobody wants to be on the outside like they were during the Bush years, but the price of a few cocktail parties at the White House -- and the threat of lost donors -- is buying a lot more than it should.