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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.

GOP Denies Workers' Right to Unionize

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans believe, for example, that business should be free from the kind of government regulation that would prevent chemical companies from spewing poison into West Virginia drinking water. When it comes to freedom for workers, though, the GOP is all about squelching that.

Northwestern University Football Players Form Their Own Team

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.05.2014 | Sports
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, college football players absorbed some pretty cheap shots from their schools and the NCAA.

Republicans Feign Concern About Health of ACA

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a shocking turn of events, Republicans now care about whether Americans have health insurance! It happened quite suddenly. The moment can be precisely pinpointed. It occurred early in the day of Oct. 1 when the media declared the launch of the Affordable Care Act website a fiasco.

Stop in the Name of Love - of Country

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The conduct of the New York State Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in rehabilitating the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge can only be described as anti-American.

America Feeds the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.

West Blast Obliterates Safety Lie

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

You are not safe. Not at work. Not at home in your bed. The biggest threat is not terrorism. It's corporate negligence leading to a blast or collapse or release of toxic chemicals.

GOP Worships the 'Hand,' Disrespects Those Who Work With Them

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The invisible hand of the market, which the GOP worships as an infallible god, is curled into a fist and is pounding America's lowest-paid workers.

Immigration Reform Prevents Employer Abuse

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President Obama has proposed new legislation that would provide a path to citizenship and further secure the boarders, but, critically, it would also crack down on companies that lure undocumented workers into the country by illegally hiring them.

A Job Creation Saga

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Industry can survive in the USA. Unions can thrive in the USA. Government can work. And private equity can do good things.

Workers of the World Unite -- With Shareholders

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In the wake of Wall Street recklessness that caused economic collapse, Congress gave shareholders and citizens Dodd-Frank to help them constrain self-dealing corporate executives. The 99% Coalition and shareholders are working with those tools even as Republicans vow to take them away.

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.

American Workers: The Best Bet

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Three years later, after President Obama placed his faith in workers, the nation's economic outlook is brighter. As is that of GM and Chrysler. President Obama wagered on American workers. And it paid off.

Kicking Underdogs When They're Down

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

At a time of dwindling union membership, at a time when labor union participation is so small as to be nearly negligible, state legislatures across the country are taking up right-to-work (for less) laws that will further decimate union ranks.

America's Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Although conservative candidates revel in ridiculing Western Europe, America could learn crucial economic lessons from Germany, which maintains trade surpluses, including one with China in auto parts.

Retirees Occupy Century Aluminum

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

On Dec. 18, a dozen retirees, men and women in their 60s, 70s, even 80s, began occupying a median strip along Route 33 in front of the closed Century Aluminum smelter in Ravenswood, W.Va.

Emblematic of 1 Percenters, Cooper Tire Punk'd Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

A corporation is accountable to its workers, its customers, its community, its country. The executives who run American corporations have forgotten that. Or they reject it.

Traditional Voting Fails; Alternative Works

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday was "move your money" day. Wall Street banks won't tell how many customers they lost. But depositors, more than 78,000 of whom pledged to make the move, made their point. They voted differently. They voted with their feet and their wallets. And they won.

Sacrilege: Wall Street Worship

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans have been worshiping a bull. Too many citizens, and particularly politicians, prostrate themselves to Wall Street's bronze idol.

Wisconsin Subterfuge Violates American Democratic Values

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

Scott Walker & Crew got what they wanted. They commandeered from workers the right to collectively bargain for a better life. They did it with nefarious methods that disrespect the Constitution, disrespect democracy and disrespect workers.

On Women's Day, GOP Attacks Women

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is intent on setting women back. If Republican governors across the country succeed in confiscating collective bargaining rights from public sector workers, women will be hurt most.

Lila Shapiro

Toxic Chemicals, Cancer And Steelworkers: Labor Dispute Reaches Head In Superman's Hometown | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This post has been updated. A tense labor dispute involving hundreds of union workers and a highly toxic chemical compound is coming to head this wee...

Making America the Best Place on Earth to Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The most telling line in the State of the Union address was this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business." Especially because it wasn't matched by this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to work."

Time to Wield the Foreign Policy Stick

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.

What Hu's Washington Visit Says About Climate Change

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Firger

China's enormous domestic market provides the perfect laboratory for experiments in clean energy innovation, with winning ideas reproduced on a scale large enough to drive down costs worldwide.