Eight Holiday Gifts American Workers Need

It’s that time of the year – the most wonderful time of the year, they say, the hap-happiest season of all. There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and […]
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Workers Petition Congress: Protect Our Pensions

The total number of workers at risk is 1.2 million. In my union, the United Steelworkers (USW), 100,000 are threatened. Daryl A. Bugbee of Olivet, Mich., is one of them. […]
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Labor’s Challenge to the New Democrats in Congress

Labor union members and a diverse group of Democrats will take the majority in the U.S. House in January. Among their challenges is reversing the Trump administration measures that have battered workers and their families.
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The Best Way to Get Voters to Vote

America loves a party. So why not hold Saturday celebrations for mandated electors at American polling places? This is what happens in Australia, where turnout tops 91 percent and partygoers raise money for local schools and charities on their way to the polls.
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The Rich Want To Take Away Your Right To Vote

Democracy is tough for one-percenters. They’ve got all that money but no more voting power than you or me. But they’ve got a plan to make America a one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy, by stripping voting rights from non-rich minority groups.
Leo Gerard

Kavanaugh’s Disdain for Workers Disqualifies Him

In his statement to Congress during confirmation hearings, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said his mother taught him judges must always stand in the shoes of others. Though hardly original or deeply […]
Leo Gerard

Labor Day: 24 Hours When Workers Are Human

Labor Day recognizes the humanity of workers. It commemorates their year-long efforts with time off dedicated relaxation, family, friends, and barbeques. There’s no holiday for robots, raw materials, or the […]
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There’s a Way to Make Corporations Work for Workers, Too

U.S. corporations and executives often assume they have only one responsibility, to fill their own pockets. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act would change that, by bringing workers into the boardroom, and keeping executives from using stock buybacks to enrich themselves.
Leo Gerard

Republicans: Up is Down, Medicare is Safe

The reason Republicans believe in Magic Unicorn Money is that they never actually socialize with, or speak to, or even vaguely know minimum-wage workers, or middle-class workers or precariat workers who drive for Uber at night because their day jobs deny them full-time hours.
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Billionaire Wolves in Workers’ Clothing

Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner, the Republican Governor of Illinois, just couldn’t wait to tell his state’s workers the U.S. Supreme Court had given them what he considered a gift. Within hours […]
Leo Gerard

Protect the Workers Who Save Our Lives

Working in a hospital, nursing home or ambulance is dangerous. Sometimes fatally so. It’s not so much that a worker might catch a communicable disease, although that happens. The real […]
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GOP Claims Tax Fraud Will ‘Pay for Itself’

Remember the Republicans’ claim last year that their $1.5 trillion tax scam, slashing rates for the rich and corporations would magically pay for itself? Here is how that works: a […]
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Deep and Abiding Disrespect for Teachers

GOP politicians have so denigrated public school teachers that the educators in three states have engaged in wildcat strikes, mobbing their capitol buildings and demanding improved school funding for students and better pay and benefits for themselves and other workers.
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Energy Independence Requires Steel Independence

Sustaining steel independence is a big part of what President Trump’s tariffs are about. They’re intended to revive American steel production which has been hammered by illegal trade practices, particularly in China.
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Labor Organizes a Congressional Win

Conor Lamb did not view unions as boogey men to fear and run from. He saw them as friends to run and win with. And he defeated a Republican Tuesday in a Congressional District that went for Trump by 20 points.
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A Penny for Your National Security

Some say tariffs will raise costs at home, but most Americans are willing to pay an extra penny per six-pack to ensure their country has the domestic aluminum smelting and steel forging ability that is crucial to national security.
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U.S. Aluminum and Steel Workers are an Endangered Species

The United States can’t assure its own national security if its steel and aluminum mills and skilled mill workers are extinct. Tariffs on imported metals will give U.S. producers time to recover from illegal practices that undercut them.
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Trump’s Big Infrastructure Con

Candidate Trump boasted he would double what Clinton said she’d spend on infrastructure. But the scheme he released this week fails to do that. Instead it robs vital safety-net programs to pay for a pittance of improvements. It's a con.
Leo Gerard

Promises, Promises, and More Broken Trade Promises

With reports that Trump's first year ended in record trade deficits, factory workers are still watching and waiting for him to keep his promises of fast trade enforcement, even as mills close and unemployment benefits expire.
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GOP Tax Break Sucker Punches Wisconsin Workers

Failure to enforce international trade law and a corporate tax break that some are using to pay for plant closures are significant factors in the loss of thousands of paper mill jobs in Wisconsin, including two announced last week.
Leo Gerard

America Needs Cops on the Trade Beat

American manufacturers and workers aren't looking for protectionism. They don't need it. They can compete with any manufacturer in the world that abides by international trade law. They are seeking prosecution of trade law violators.
Leo Gerard

The Fake Largesse of CEO’s One-Off Bonuses to Workers

Sure, some CEOs are giving out one-time bonuses to workers and saying it’s because of the Republican tax cut. What they aren’t doing is putting that $4,000 to $9,000 a year in workers’ paychecks that the administration falsely promised.
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Fat Cat Tuesday: A Commemoration of CEO Excess

January 2 was Fat Cat Tuesday, a feast of corporate revelry and gluttony. That's when the boards of directors of America’s biggest corporations handed their CEOs more money than they pay their workers for an entire year of labor.
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The Middle Class Is So Christmas Past

The GOP really is the Grinch that stole Christmas. Republicans filched and handed it to the wealthiest one percent. But unlike the Dr. Seuss story, this Grinch isn’t going to find a heart and stop robbing middle-class workers and the poor.
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Offshorers Demand: No Taxes, No Risk

NAFTA places all of the jeopardy on the shoulders of workers and communities while substantially eliminating normal business risks for corporations. A new NAFTA must prioritize the needs of workers over the demands of corporations.
Leo Gerard

GOP Goes for Win on Taxes, Consequences be Damned

Republicans have had a rough year. To paraphrase a president: They've lost so much, they're tired of losing. They're aching for a win. But doing the wrong thing just to do something is not a win. It’s a scam perpetrated on American workers.
Leo Gerard

The GOP Tax Plan: Make America Grieve Again

Rather than Make America Great Again, Congressional Republicans plan to Make America Grieve Again if their tax plan passes, as even more family-supporting factory jobs get shipped offshore to take advantage of the new tax rate of zero.
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GOP Smash-And-Burn Tax Plan Does Nothing for Workers

To pay for their red-ribbon wrapped gift box for the uber-wealthy, Republicans are smashing and burning $5 trillion in programs cherished by workers, including Medicare and Medicaid. This is not tax reform; it's tax deform.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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