TPP Would Further Emasculate America

As America’s tool makers and freight car builders are furloughed, their factories shuttered and offshored, America is wasting. Ill-conceived free trade deals, like the proposed TPP, are reducing it to a nation of stooped shoulders.
Leo Gerard
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Donald Trump Misdirects Real Worker Anxieties

Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Leo Gerard
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Government Run Like a Business Poisons Children

Like the former venture capitalist he is, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder denied Flint, Mich., the funds it needed to keep clean water flowing, then asked for a federal bailout when Flint's kids were poisoned by lead-tainted water.
Leo Gerard

GOP Vows Sickness and Ill-Health

Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
Leo Gerard

Joy to the Workers

In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
Leo Gerard

Burn the TPP

Fear-mongering GOP candidates divert attention from real problems like bad trade deals and urge us to burn with anger about immigrants and refugees. In a real democracy, the smoldering in America would be piles of discarded TPP texts.
Leo Gerard

One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

One percenters who feast on $45,000 Thanksgiving meals have launched a new assault on workers: a lawsuit called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Winning would enable the 1 percent to gorge themselves all the more.
Leo Gerard

The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

The U.S. aluminum industry is desperate for relief from a flood of illegally subsidized imports from China. Thousands of American aluminum workers would still be employed if the U.S. enforced trade regulations.
Leo Gerard

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

It was cruel enough that America countenanced trade deals that cost millions of U.S. manufacturing workers their source of income. But now that it’s clear that bad trade schemes also cost workers their lives, the TPP must be stopped.
Leo Gerard

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

It's crucial that the next President belief restore the belief that America is a place where work is justly rewarded and everyone who works hard can attain a middle-class life -- without backbreaking debt.
Leo Gerard

TPP: Foie Gras for Corporations; Dead Rats for Workers

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP contained dead rats every country had to swallow. American workers know they’ll be force-fed the dead rats while the TPP will serve corporations foie gras on silver platters.
Leo Gerard

More Free Stuff for Corporations

Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
Leo Gerard

GOP: No Bootstraps for You, Baby!

Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
Leo Gerard

Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

Corporations' growing use of lockouts to force workers to accept CEO demands demonstrates that the already powerful -- corporations -- have secured even more might in their relationship with workers.
Leo Gerard

Killing Uncle AL

By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
Leo Gerard

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn’t Bother

China lowered the value of its currency on three consecutive days last week, for a total of 4.4 percent, the largest decline in two decades, raising the question of when the United States is going to stop ignoring currency manipulation.
Leo Gerard

Lacie Little: You’re Un-Fired

Firing workers like nurse Lacie Little for trying to form a union is illegal. But institutions do it all the time anyway because the penalties are so very paltry and the fear instilled is so very profound.
Leo Gerard

Oil Corporations Scheme to Export America’s Security

On the demand of oilmen for more profit, the Senate Energy Committee voted to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting American oil - giving oil-rich Middle Eastern countries additional power to crush the U.S. economy with another oil embargo.
Leo Gerard

Jeb! Cracks the Whip

As a result of Bush’s “work harder” scolding, Americans know what that symbol is at the end of the name Jeb! on all his presidential campaign literature. It’s a whip handle and blood splotch. As President, he’d crack Americans into shape.
Leo Gerard

There’s Always Money for the Boss

After President Obama proposed making more workers eligible for overtime, the National Retail Federation said “there’s no magic pot of money” to pay overtime. There is, however, always a big fat magic pot of money to pay CEOs.
Leo Gerard

Obamacare Reconciliation

Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in spite of two appeals to the Supreme Court and 67 votes to do so in Congress. They need to stop trying to slaughter a law that’s helping millions.
Leo Gerard

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Instead of conceding 20 years of failure and forging a new path on trade, the House cleared the way to destroy more American jobs. The Senate votes today on fast-tracking more jobs and factories overseas.
Leo Gerard

Democracy Demoralized

Once in office, politicians are far more likely to meet with donors than with voters. And they’re far more likely to pass legislation coveted by the rich than crucial to the rest. The result is the government helping the rich get richer.
Leo Gerard

Trade Enforcement Failure

Decade after decade, the federal government has failed to enforce free trade agreements, placing Americans in competition with child laborers, underpaid and overburdened foreign workers and victims of human trafficking.
Leo Gerard

Forced Trade

America's deeply flawed trade policy is based on the philosophy that workers and the retired should be forced to suffer to facilitate the rich getting richer.
Leo Gerard

Trade Abuse

America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Trade has killed U.S. factories, jobs and communities. No more fast-tracking abusive trade deals.
Leo Gerard

The Words of Dead Workers

On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
Leo Gerard

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

With elected officials excluded from TPP talks, details of the deal deliberately shrouded in secrecy and free traders demanding lawmakers disregard the deal’s effects on constituents by Fast Tracking it, this process condemns democracy.
Leo Gerard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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