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Forced Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

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.

The Words of Dead Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Like the USW, the United States is a union. It is a collection of diverse states and diverse people. Standing together, they are stronger.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

If Budgets Are 'Moral Documents,' At Least We Know Where the GOP Stands

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

When the House released its budget last Tuesday, Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall said, "A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are." His chamber's spending plan shows that Republicans highly value war and place no value on health care for America's elderly, working poor and young adults.

The GOP's Big Squeeze

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Every adult American, of course, has the right to work. What this legislation does is help corporations and state governments cut workers' pay. Its intent is regressive. Republicans want to return America to the days when robber barons controlled workers' lives completely.

Workers at Louisiana Refineries Assess Tentative USW-Shell Deal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

The United Steelworkers Thursday reached a possible four-year pact with Shell Oil in a seven-state strike that spread to 12 refineries and three other plants. Three weeks ago, most of the USW's more than 700 combined members joined the walkout.

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.

Biggest Oil Refinery Strike In Decades Spreads To Largest U.S. Plant

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business

(Adds Shell letter, background, detail) By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. refinery strike widened on i...

Like a Bad Neighbor, Chevron Is There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The federal agency that investigates refinery catastrophes released its final report late last month on the massive fire, volatile vapor release and toxic smoke plume at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery in 2012 that imperiled 19 workers and sickened 15,000 residents of surrounding communities.

Demanding Respect for Worker Safety

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In Anacortes, Wash., last week, approximately 200 Tesoro workers began picketing the oil refinery where an explosion incinerated seven of their co-workers five years earlier.

Steelworkers Strike Spreads

AP | By DAVID KOENIG | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business

DALLAS (AP) — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United ...

Organized Labor Showing Signs of Life

David Macaray | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
David Macaray

On Sunday, when 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) walked off their jobs at nine oil refineries across the country (including two in my home state of California), it marked the first national oil refinery strike in more than three decades, going all the way back to 1980. Congratulations, USW. With this strike, organized labor is finally showing signs of life.

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.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

Good People Don't Get Good Jobs

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

This mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability called the precariat.

Dave Jamieson

Republicans Fight Union For College Football Players

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After holding a hearing to air their concerns over college football players unionizing, congressional Republicans took their opposition ...

Asian Steel Industry Eats America's Lunch

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In the depth of the recession, some foreign countries made a simple calculation. They'd subsidize their steel industries even though that violates international trade rules. It paid off by keeping their citizens employed, paid and fed.

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The average net worth of the 41 GOP senators who opposed the first minimum wage increase in half a decade is $6.26 million.

Lucky to Be Alive on Workers' Memorial Day

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Today, my union, the United Steelworkers, will toll a bell for each of the 33 Steelworkers killed on the job since last Workers' Memorial Day 12 months ago.

'Shut Up!' -- Really GOP?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The result of the Republican budget would be opportunity only for those who already have money. So, of course, the GOP had to try to kill a budget conceived under the proposition of opportunity for everyone.

Rights Only for the Right People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

All those rights Americans cherish, those fundamental human and political freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution, Republicans contend those aren't really inalienable rights or anything solid or permanent like that.