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One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Working Americans haven't seen a real raise in 35 years. Meanwhile, every year, their health care costs rise. Their employers eliminate pensions. And their kids struggle with rising college tuition and debt. By contrast, on the other side of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the richest 1 percent are supersizing their feasts.

The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed. He wasn't speaking of his own aspirations, though.

More Free Stuff for Corporations

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans and the rich guys who imposed 35 years of stagnant wages on American workers now offer a prescription for easing this pain! More free stuff for corporations!

GOP: No Bootstraps For You, Baby!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a GOP field filthy with candidates who kiss up to corporate bosses and systematically suppress workers' wages, Walker is a stand out. But the whole motley GOP crew is determined to do whatever it takes to deny workers and their children economic mobility.

On Labor Day: Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of picnicking, Steelworkers in six states will spend this Labor Day picketing the gates of a dozen Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) specialty mills. These 2,200 Steelworkers are not on strike. They never even took a strike vote to threaten a walkout. ATI locked them out of their jobs.

Killing Uncle AL

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

ATI is butchering that time-honored relationship. It has demanded tax abatements and special electrical rates and forced excessive overtime on weary workers. Its disdain for civic engagement is most clearly demonstrated by its decision to unlawfully lock its 2,200 skilled union workers out of their jobs on Aug. 15, despite the steelworkers' willingness to continue working.

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Currency manipulation violates free market principals, but for China, doing it makes sense. This potent action by a major economic competitor raises the question of when the United States government is going to stop pretending currency manipulation doesn't exit.

Lacie Little: You're Un-Fired

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Studies show the number of illegal firings of union activists increasing and the number of union members in the United States dwindling. Workers need legislation to stop it.

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.