Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard, is the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) union and is the second Canadian to head the union. He is also a vice president of the AFL-CIO. Gerard is co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and on the boards of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute.

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These workers are justifiably looking to Congress for help. (Photo: Bill Fugliano/Getty) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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, Michigan, is one of them. He wrote Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Multiemployer Pensions on August 8: “I am the father of a special needs child...
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To be great, America must clear the path to the polls, perhaps even mandating voting like Australia. There, turnout is more than 90 percent. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Best Way to Get Voters to Vote
The voter turnout last Tuesday was historic – the highest in half a century, nearly half of the eligible electorate participated, an amazing number for a midterm. The United States Election Project estimates turnout at 49.2 percent. How high would it have risen without voter suppression – 55...
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Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center have challenged voter suppression laws in court. And, on occasion, they’ve won. The ACLU got voter-ID overturned in Pennsylvania, for example. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Plutocrats Are Planning a Stealth Coup
Democracy is tough for 1 percenters. They’ve got all that money but, hypothetically, no more voting power than their chauffeur or yacht captain or nanny in a one-person, one-vote democracy. In this one-person, one-vote democracy, though, they’ve got a plan to fix all that for themselves. They’re...
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Monday, September 03, 2018
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 energy that animates the machines of manufacturing. Because, of course, they’re not human...
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"Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies because state legislatures have cut education spending year after year while giving businesses and the rich tax cuts." (Photo: United Steelworkers of America) Views
Monday, April 09, 2018
Deep and Abiding Disrespect for Teachers
When coal-mine bosses said mules were more precious than men because dead miners could be replaced for free, but not dead mules, it demonstrated disrespect. That contempt from the top provoked pitched gun battles between workers and mine-owner militias in West Virginia a little over a century ago...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Trump Budget Makes America Land of No Opportunity
A few hundred billion cut here, a few hundred billion slashed there, and the Trump budget proposal adds up to real crushed opportunity. The spending plan slices a pound of flesh from everyone, well, everyone who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire. For the rich, it promises massive tax breaks. There...
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Monday, February 15, 2016
One Percenters Get Their Own Special Social Welfare Deal
One percenters have it all, extra houses, extra cars, even an exclusive legal defense if they kill, “affluenza,” to keep them out of jail. But until last week, they felt unfairly denied access to the benefits of social welfare organizations, United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the like. Now, these...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Government Run Like a Business Poisons Children
The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint. That is, what they got was a government run based on GOP business values. To line the pockets of CEOs and shareholders, corporations cut corners in...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Forced Trade
Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades. Under the free trade regime, rich and powerful corporate...
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
McCutcheon, et al: Directly Destroying Our Democracy
In the olden days, buying votes was a risky business. That’s not because the purchaser faced felony charges. No, the real peril was that the guy bribing voters wouldn’t get what he wanted.
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