The High Cost of Fighting for $15

Minimum wage workers know the risks of striking for pay hikes. They’ve seen bosses fire co-workers. To lose a job is terrifying. Still, thousands will participate in Wednesday's National Day of Action in the fight for $15. That's valor.
Leo Gerard
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Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway.
Leo Gerard
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Bad Trade

Everyone who testified at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. As it is now, trade rules require Americans to forfeit a pound of flesh before trade enforcement can occur.
Leo Gerard
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The GOP Has Money to Kill

The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
Leo Gerard
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The GOP’s Big Squeeze

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s signing a right-to-work-for-less law, to lower private sector workers's wages, is part of a Republican pattern. They slash paychecks while cutting government services, squeezing the middle class and working poor.
Leo Gerard
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GOP’s Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
Leo Gerard
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13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
Leo Gerard
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Like a Bad Neighbor, Chevron is There

Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Leo Gerard
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Demanding Respect for Worker Safety

More than 5,000 USW members nationwide are on unfair labor practice strikes demanding corporations respect their bargaining rights and the rights of workers and communities to safety.
Leo Gerard
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Austerity for the Other Guy

Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
Leo Gerard
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Voodoo Trickle-Down Be Damned

President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
Leo Gerard
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Not So Fast, Congress

Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
Leo Gerard
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Put Working People First

The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
Leo Gerard
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Ensuring the Uninsured Suffer

America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.
Leo Gerard
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Bargaining Power to the People

To more permanently tip the scales closer toward equality for workers, President Obama should support workers’ right to form unions and collectively bargain for a fair share of the profits derived from the sweat of their brows.
Leo Gerard
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Bad Trade

Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
Leo Gerard
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Moocher CEOs

CEOs somehow are not derided as moochers, even though their million-dollar pay packages are propped up by tax breaks. It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts.
Leo Gerard
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GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
Leo Gerard
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Demand Representation from the Reds

Republicans could wrongly perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something different: Voters don’t like GOPers any better than Democrats. What they mainly think is that the economy stinks. And they want DC to fix it.
Leo Gerard
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Vote for Yourself Today

It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
Leo Gerard
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Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn’t Vote

The Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, fears rule by the majority – just as U.S. Republicans do. It’s the reason the GOP has launched a massive voter suppression campaign across the country.
Leo Gerard
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Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

Both Wall Street and Main Street want action. They want incomes, consumer confidence and purchases all to rise, triggering business profits to do the same. They’ve recognized the enemy to their bottom lines.
Leo Gerard
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Happy Halloween from the GOP

Republicans want frightened America to summon the GOP to save the day, like it’s the political version of Ghostbusters. Most Americans, though, see right through the GOP, like it’s a gooey glob of ectoplasm.
Leo Gerard
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Good People Don’t Get Good Jobs

A 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
Leo Gerard
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GOP Defrauds Voters

Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
Leo Gerard
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Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

After Citizens United, everyone retains free speech rights, but the wealthy and corporations, who can afford gigantic amplifiers, can now use their money to buy the loudest voice, one that overwhelms and silences those of tens of millions.
Leo Gerard
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Let’s Sue the GOP

Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue.
Leo Gerard
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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
Leo Gerard
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Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

The decision of the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the Harris v. Quinn case is another example of the one percent’s unrelenting erosion of the 99 percent’s economic independence.
Leo Gerard
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Asian Steel Industry Eats America’s Lunch

We’re not seeking special deals, subsidies or handouts. We’re asking Congress to implement the trade laws to level the field of competition. If the same rules apply to everyone, U.S. industry can compete and win.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Overlords Rule with Handcuffs

GOP hardliners believe the North Carolina House Speaker speaks, and everybody else shuts up and listens. They are overlords self-empowered to muzzle and handcuff those who disagree.
Leo Gerard
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An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Steelworkers and steel company CEOs, red and blue politicians, often at each other’s throats, have allied to confront a surge in dumped foreign steel, an illegal practice that jeopardizes the viability of American mills.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Divorced from Reality on Obamacare

Republicans are right that Americans don’t like Obamacare – the name Obamacare, that is. When they judge it for the content of its insurance, they love it.
Leo Gerard
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Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

Republicans see poor people as subhuman, three-fifths people. And that is the primary reason that the GOP last week blocked a measure to raise the minimum wage.
Leo Gerard
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Lucky to Be Alive on Workers Memorial Day

Sometimes, corporations place profit above human safety. As a result, workers lose lives and limbs. Cooper Tire announced it will spend $970,000 to improve safety. That’s good. But it comes too late for the two workers who are now amputees.
Leo Gerard
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The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

Republicans’ fear of paying too much is terrible. Not because of GOP angst. No, because it causes underpaid workers to suffer. Because it means Republicans will continue to blockade efforts to resolve growing, corrosive income inequality.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
Leo Gerard
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