NAFTA Negotiators Send Corporate Whiners Back to Swamp

The Trump Administration defied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in renegotiation of NAFTA. The Chamber whined about it, and a spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative basically told them to shut up.
Leo Gerard
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Unfair Trade, Uncertainty Killing American Aluminum and Steel

The Trump administration promised to stop illegal trade in steel and aluminum by the end of June. Now the administration says it won't act until after tax legislation passes. In the meantime, mills continue to close.
Leo Gerard
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Canadian Mounties to the Rescue of American Workers

Americans like to see themselves as heroes to the underdog, but, it's Canada who is riding to the rescue of downtrodden American workers, by demanding union rights in negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement.
Leo Gerard

Working on Labor Day to Recover from Harvey

This Labor Day, the union members and other workers who risked their lives to rescue hurricane victims will be volunteering. They’ll be helping all of those affected by the storm to recover - this weekend and long after.
Leo Gerard

No More Trickle-Down Trade Deals

A renegotiated NAFTA that subordinates the needs of workers will meet the fate of the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal. The humans in the United States, Canada and Mexico won’t be tricked or trickled down on again.
Leo Gerard

Workers Need Better Trade Deals, Not More Talk

Talk is cheap. Jobs are not. The factory anchoring a community’s tax base is not. America’s industrial strength in times of uncertainty is not. All the current talk on trade enforcement is useless unless workers get some action.
Leo Gerard

Don’t Dawdle on Economic and National Security

Trump pledged to support manufacturing workers and launched investigations into the effects of steel and aluminum imports on national security. But now companies, communities and workers are being told to wait. What for?
Leo Gerard

A New NAFTA Must Help, Not Hurt, Workers

Substantial progress must be made for workers in a renegotiated NAFTA. A goal of "do no harm” is grossly inadequate for the administration that promised to cure the injury that international trade inflicted on America's workers.
Leo Gerard

Republicans Working Against Workers

Ever since Republicans took power, they've labored to destroy worker protections. They’ve taken money from workers’ pockets and handed it to one-percenters on a silver platter, bought by contributions form the same one percent.
Leo Gerard

American Workers Seek Trade Enforcement, Not Protection

Importers try to characterize U.S. workers as crybabies seeking unfair protections. But all we really want is enforcement of existing trade laws, so there can be both fair competition and national security.
Leo Gerard

Veto the Cold-Hearted Health Bill

Even if the GOP thinks it was fun to rebuff Democrats’ pleas for a public process, they really should pay attention to the president who called the House health insurance bill “a son of a bitch.” After all, the president has veto power.
Leo Gerard

Subjugation in Steel

To protect national security, American steel and family-supporting jobs, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Trump must stand strong against unfair foreign trade in steel that kills American jobs and creates American dependency.
Leo Gerard
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Trump Offers Fool’s Gold to Fund Infrastructure

“We will build because our people want to build,” Trump says of his infrastructure plan. But to build, projects must be properly paid for. And so far, the Trump administration has offered only fool’s gold as financing.
Leo Gerard
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Workers Want a Green Economy, Not a Dirty Environment

The United States is the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas polluter. It has an obligation to lead the world in combating climate change. Great leaders don’t shirk responsibility.
Leo Gerard
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Trump Budget Makes America Land of No Opportunity

Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget redefines America. No longer the land of opportunity, it would be a place of welfare for the rich. For the rest, Trump’s budget converts America the beautiful into America the hellish hole.
Leo Gerard
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Stop China’s Stealth Invasion of U.S. Aluminum

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate he would firmly enforce trade law. That’s good, because he must stop China’s stealth invasion of the entire U.S. aluminum industry.
Leo Gerard

Trumpcare Is Really Trump-Don’t-Care

No, there’s no caring in the GOP health legislation. It’s all politics. They promised for seven years to repeal Obamacare. Now that they control all branches of government, they’re intent on doing just that, no matter who they hurt.
Leo Gerard

Another GOP Tax Plan for Captains of Industry

Trump's tax plan richly rewards captains of industry and real estate, like himself. But the middle class, not so fast. The poor, not at all. Someone needs to tell Trump that tycoons sporting navy golf polos aren’t blue-collar workers.
Leo Gerard

The Price for Killing Workers Must be Prison for CEOs

The only way to make workers’ lives matter is to make prison a real possibility for CEOs and supervisors. Lethal greed must have consequences. Fines are no threat; only prison is. America needs its own Westray Law.
Leo Gerard

Gorsuch on Labor: A Soulless Man Cannot Serve Justice

The fact that Judge Gorsuch, born and bred a one-percenter, decided the "frozen trucker" case and others for moneyed interests without a thought for people injured on the job, disqualifies him for a seat on the nation’s highest court.
Leo Gerard

Republican Budget Endangers Americans at Work and Home

Trump's budget doesn't make us secure. It slashes and burns protections to our environment, labor and education. Americans sickened by pollution are weak. Workers threatened by explosions on the job are less safe, not more.
Leo Gerard

Trumping the WTO for Fair Trade

The WTO treats the United States like a punching bag that must suffer economic blows from trade-cheating by nations worldwide. Trumping the WTO to protect American jobs and industries is the right thing to do.
Leo Gerard

Trading Rules for Workers

Automation, regulation, illegal immigration and lack of education didn't kill U.S. manufacturing jobs. Globalization did. A series of bad trade deals cost millions of jobs, and must be replaced with worker-centered, fair trade pacts.
Leo Gerard

Off-Shorers Should Shut Up

Corporations that offshore jobs to make a few extra bucks follow a "Greed First" policy. Their CEOs should shut up and listen to the American job creators on the Jobs Initiative.
Leo Gerard

Make American Jobs

American manufacturing workers need tough action against corporations that renounce their birthplace for profit and against flagrant, job-stealing trade violators like China.
Leo Gerard

Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Aluminum Bat

To preserve a vital American manufacturing capability -- aluminum smelting -- against predatory conduct by a foreign power, the administration must speak loudly and carry a big aluminum bat.
Leo Gerard

Coming Soon: American Made Battle of the Heavyweights

There’s a battle brewing between the President-elect and the Speaker of the House. Donald Trump promised the working class who elected him that he’d support Buy American provisions to create jobs. The Speaker backs anti-American imports.
Leo Gerard

False Hope Hurts More

President-elect Trump promised, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Working people across America who heard that and his jobs and trade promises believed him. Those hopes must not become false hopes.
Leo Gerard

Fire Ants Killed the TPP

Thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP. The battle engaged slowly with objections to the secret negotiations. Protests grew exponentially. It was the concerted action of many, like the fire ant, that killed the TPP.
Leo Gerard

Hillary Had My Back

As the steel industry collapsed in the 1990s, I found some lawmakers true to their word. Hillary Clinton was one. She never let workers down. Steel is in crisis again. I want a President I know I can trust to help workers. That is Clinton.
Leo Gerard

Halloween Horror: Trump’s Poll Trolls

Fearing they could not win fair and square, Republicans took steps to prevent young, old, black and Hispanic people – people likely to vote Democratic – from reaching the polls. This GOP Frankenstein threatens democracy itself.
Leo Gerard

Petulance Isn’t Presidential

If Clinton had passed a law forcing Trump to buy American steel, it would have meant he was coerced to follow rules. It would have meant he was a follower. If Trump had purposefully bought American steel, he'd have been a leader. He did not
Leo Gerard

Trump: Valueless

Warren Buffett, who is more than six times richer than Donald Trump, demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.
Leo Gerard

Donald Trump: The American-Made Fraud

Trump condemns China for cheating on trade, but bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum to construct his buildings in Chicago and Las Vegas. Would a President Trump use Chinese steel and aluminum in his U.S. infrastructure repair plan?
Leo Gerard

Solidarity Against Trump

The press is in love with saying blue-collar workers are in love with Trump. But the AFL-CIO found fewer than a third of its members support Trump. That’s true in my union, the United Steelworkers, as well. Here are members explaining why.
Leo Gerard

Donald Trump: Welfare King

If Trump really is a $10 billionaire as he claims, there'd be no reason for him to beg a charity to pay his bills. Before voting, Americans have a right to know whether Trump is lying about his wealth. He must release his tax returns.
Leo Gerard

Morning in America, Delivered by Democrats

Despite incomes and health insurance coverage rising while unemployment, poverty and food insecurity all falling, Donald Trump says America is a hellhole. Perhaps that’s because he can’t accept morning in America delivered by Democrats.
Leo Gerard

Dishonest Don

Trump claims he’s told Americans all they need to know about his finances. But after this whole Bondi affair, it’s probably better to go with a version of the Reagan admonition when dealing with the Trump tax returns: distrust and verify.
Leo Gerard

New Rules Needed to Solve Steel Crisis

America has always been innovative. Now it must innovate on trade rules to save its steel industry, its steel jobs and all those jobs that are dependent on steel jobs.
Leo Gerard

Cheaters like Trump See Cheaters Everywhere

Trump called Pennsylvanians vote thieves, although the state GOP could find absolutely no in person voter fraud in the state. None. But that doesn’t matter because when Republicans like Trump cheat, they think everyone else cheats too.
Leo Gerard
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