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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Rights Come with Responsibilities; the Right Shirks Theirs

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

Five years ago, a 47-year-old Missouri woman began a duplicitous on-line courtship through MySpace with a 13-year-old neighbor who once had been frien...

Honeywell Spending More to Keep Workers Locked out Than the Cost of Their Demands

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Union officials claim it's outrageous for Honeywell to claim they do not have $20 million to maintain their current health and retiree benefits over three years when they are willing to lose $22 million alone through lost production.

Republicans Don't Trust Americans

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

Republican operatives want to shield voters from knowing who is actually paying for GOP attack ads. They fear the consequences if Americans know the truth.

Assert Yourself, America; Don't Be an Illegal Trade Victim

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

How is it that America finds herself in the position of schoolyard patsy, woe-is-me casualty of China's illegal trade practices that are destroying U.S. renewable energy manufacturing and foreclosing an energy-independent future?

GOP Vilifies Workers Who Serve the Public

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Redmond

While Republicans are blasting public sector workers, they voted against reforming Wall Street, where compensation and bonuses remain immorally high even after taxpayers footed a bailout.

U.S. Files Historic Labor Complaint Against Guatemala

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akito Yoshikane

The United States filed a complaint against Guatemala for failure to enforce labor agreements outlined in a free trade deal with Central American countries, making it the first time the U.S. has brought a case against a trade partner.

For the Strength of Rosie the Riveter: Make It in America

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

Shuttered factories and off-shored manufacturing are sapping American strength. Manufacturing needs help, and with unemployment stuck at 9.5 percent, so do the American people. "Make it in America" is that aid.

More Regulation the Solution, Not the Problem

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

The governors of the Gulf Coast states, all Republicans, asked the federal government for help dealing with the BP oil spill -- yeah, the government, ...

Q&A with Veteran Labor Organizer Stewart J. Acuff

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

The economic history of the twentieth century is crystal clear. When unions were strong, working people had the lion's share of income and the economy worked well.

U.S. Politicians Deny the Obvious Injury; U.S. Manufacturing Bleeds

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

In the trade clash between China and America, the Asian giant has gravely wounded the US. China knows it. U.S. voters of all political stripes know it. But too many American politicians are in denial.

American Wind Turbines Sound Like Freedom

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

The sound that American wind turbines produce as their giant, breeze-propelled blades whip around is a distinctive: Neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh. The anti...

An Enduring Memorial for Slaughtered Miners: Criminal Liability for Reckless Owners

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

America needs its own statute -- an Upper Big Branch Law -- holding corporate managers and directors criminally accountable for ditching safety for dollars.

Greed Explains the Disasters and the Lying Afterwards

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

Middle class workers are the ones who die in coal mines and on oil rigs. Afterwards, CEOs say anything to save the bottom line -- the one that will determine their bonuses.

End the Denial: Label China a Currency Manipulator

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

America and China share a terrible delusion. They are in denial about currency manipulation. Both officially state that China is not devaluing its currency. This is too costly to America.

GOP Wants a Country by Corporations for Corporations

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

Rand simply said what Republicans believe -- that this country should focus on promoting corporations and those corporations should have privileges, but not responsibilities.

Safety Awards That Endanger Workers' Lives

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

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the after...

Raze the Bethlehem Steel Tower of Mismanagement

Tom Conway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Conway

Lehigh Valley has proposed using tax dollars to enshrine the defunct Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s dilapidated, 38-year-old headquarters building in Eastern Pennsylvania as a national monument to mismanagement.

Business Council Honors Vale CEO for Clipping Workers, Wacking Towns

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

A business group is honoring Roger Agnelli, the CEO of Vale, one of the largest mining companies in the world, which, coincidentally, is in the midst of its longest ever labor dispute.

CEOs, Union Leader Agree: Manufacturing Strategy Crucial

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

Since precious few Americans, even those in the same political party, agree on how to realign America, a typecast smack down between CEOs and unionists might have begun when they met. But it didn't.

"Anything Goes" Capitalism Destroys Companies and Workers' Lives

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

Anything Goes capitalism workers' lives, but it sure does work for the private equity firms. They made around $750 million in profits from the now-indebted and bankrupt Simmons.