China’s Currency Manipulation Flipping Off America

China is disrespecting America. The Asian giant is an international trade outlaw, and U.S. manufacturers and workers are its crime victims. China illegally subsidizes its export industries and unlawfully manipulates […]
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On Labor Day Work to Save the Middle Class

This Labor Day feels gloomy. It’s a celebration of work when there is not enough of it, a day off when too many desperately seek a day on. America has […]
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What’s Green, White and Blue? American Jobs

Red, as in furiously red, defined the day last fall when a consortium of companies announced it wanted $450 million in U.S. stimulus money to build a wind farm in […]
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Republicans Kiss the Rich; Diss the Jobless

A brutal competition pits worker against worker continually now in this country. Five unemployed people vie with each other for each available job. It’s like a cruel game of musical […]
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We are No. 2; We are No. 2!

For 110 years America has reigned as the world’s number one manufacturing nation. Next year, China is expected to wrest that title from the United States. Last year, the U.S. […]
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Q&A with Veteran Labor Organizer Stewart J. Acuff

Leo W. Gerard: Stewart, you talk about power in a book you’ve written with economist Dr. Richard A. Levins. You called the manual, “Getting America Back to Work.” What’s the […]
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American Wind Turbines Sound Like Freedom

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 anticipation is that those energy-generating, whirling arms would create a whooshing […]
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Greed Explains the Disasters and the Lying Afterwards

As oil mucked the Gulf of Mexico and families mourned 11 dead rig workers, BP officials proclaimed that the corporation’s priority always was safety. This tracked the tack taken by […]
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GOP Wants a Country by Corporations for Corporations

Tea Party darling and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul spoke last week like the political novice he is – revealing unfiltered GOP “truths.” First he informed MSNBC talk show […]
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Safety Awards That Endanger Workers’ Lives

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the aftermath of explosions in April that killed 47 of […]
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Hey, Union-Busters: We’ll Give You Supermajority

Corporate CEOs, union-busting lawyers, and conservative politicians who pander to the rich condemned a National Mediation Board (NMB) Ruling this week. They complained that the NMB gave railway and airline […]
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More Regulation the Solution, Not the Problem

The governors of the Gulf Coast states, all Republicans, asked the federal government for help dealing with the BP oil spill — yeah, the government, the very organization that their […]
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Lies, Damned Lies and Employers

Don Blankenship, the man ultimately in charge of Massey Energy’s West Virginia mine where 29 workers died in an explosion April 5, assured financial analysts last week that safety is […]
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End the Denial; Label China a Currency Manipulator

America and China share a terrible delusion. They are in denial about currency manipulation. Both officially state that China is not devaluing its currency. In mid-March, Chinese Prime Minister Wen […]
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Change To Believe In or Focus for Hate-Mongering?

When President Barack Obama signed the historic health insurance reform bill, he said it was, “Change we can believe in.” He noted that his party has sought reform for more […]
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Financial Reform: It’s the Derivatives, Stupid.

Tricky auto loans didn’t cause the financial meltdown on Wall Street. Unscrupulous payday lenders didn’t cost taxpayers a $700 billion “troubled asset” bailout. So fussing about whether U.S. Sen. Chris […]
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Q&A with Manufacturing Business Expert Richard McCormack

Leo W. Gerard: Richard, when you appeared recently at Youngstown State University as a guest of the Center for Working-Class Lecture Series, you talked about how essential manufacturing is to […]
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In Trade, Too Often, the Victim is Blamed

A screwy thing happened after the United Steelworkers and eight domestic steel producers won their trade case late in December against Chinese manufacturers of the steel pipe used for oil […]
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Q&A With Responsible Pension Investment Expert Thomas Croft

Leo W. Gerard: Tom, your new book, Up From Wall Street: The Responsible Investment Alternative, provides both cautionary tales for those responsible for investing workers’ pension funds and a field […]
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The Gift America Needs Most: Manufacturing

In Columbus Ohio, a 5-year-old girl jumped onto Santa’s lap last month and asked if he could give her dad a job as an elf. Mike Smith, who works the […]
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Some Jobs Taxpayers Don’t Need to Buy

Can’t buy me love Everybody tells me so Can’t buy me love No, no, no, no From the 1964 Lennon/McCartney song, “Can’t Buy Me Love” Maybe you can’t buy love, […]
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Hell No! We Won’t Send Our Tax Dollars to China

Taking candy from a baby: A consortium of Chinese and American companies goes to Washington and announces plans to build a $1.5 billion windmill farm in West Texas using $450 […]
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Foment a Green Industrial Revolution

We need to foment a new American industrial revolution. Specifically, we need a 21st-century burgeoning of green manufacturing in the United States. Americans going green – manufacturing windmills and solar […]
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Enforcing the Rule of Trade Law on Illegal Paper Imports

My union, the United Steelworkers (USW), and three paper manufacturers will have free traders and editorial boards across the nation sputtering, spitting and name calling again this week. They started […]
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Obama Plans to Reform Economy, Not Just Health Insurance

Let’s go back, just for a minute, to a time before screaming teabaggers, before Republicans decided to kill health insurance reform as a means to politically destroy this country’s first […]
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Finally, a President with the Guts to Enforce Trade Laws

Barack Obama proved Friday he’s got grit. He enforced trade laws. These are special trade safeguard rules called “Section 421″ that the Chinese had agreed to obey to gain entrance […]
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Fomenting a Green Industrial Revolution In the U.S.

When the leaders of the G-20 nations arrive in Pittsburgh, I want them to know I am fomenting revolution — Industrial revolution. Specifically, a 21st-century burgeoning of green manufacturing in […]
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Speak Up to Stop Unfair Trade

They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t […]
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