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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In March 2010, a rally by thousands of striking USW ... the world. (Photo: United Steelworkers) Views
Friday, July 12, 2019
Is There a Global Future for Unions?
I was raised in a company house in a company town where the miners had to buy their own oilers—that is, rubber coveralls—drill bits and other tools at the company store. That company, Inco Limited, the world’s leading producer of nickel for most of the 20th century, controlled the town of Sudbury,...
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In the quarter-century under NAFTA, more than 1 million American jobs were lost, U.S. wages stagnated and U.S. trade deficits with Mexico increased. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Whether It’s the New NAFTA or the Old NAFTA, It Serves the 1 Percent
Mick Mulvaney, a millionaire who is President Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, awarded himself another job last week: spokesman for labor. Referring to the proposed new NAFTA, he told the Wall Street Journal , “We know that labor supports it.” That...
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The Kochs donated approximately $150 million to 300 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2015, gifts they frequently specified must support economics and law schools fostering unfettered free-market capitalism. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts
There’s a new Koch organization in town. Instead of trying to buy politicians to do the bidding of billionaires, as Charles and David Koch have historically done, this foundation will support community groups trying to cure the miseries of eons —everything from poverty to addiction. And they’ve got...
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 The workers whose labor makes those profits should not live in abject poverty.(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The PRO Act: Pathway to Power for Workers
Abigail Disney, granddaughter of the co-founder of the Walt Disney Co., called out the family business’ current CEO last month for making what’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth pretty darn miserable for its workers. All of the company profits shouldn’t be going into executives’ pockets,...
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Nichole and her daughter, Elizabeth, with some of Elizabeth’s current pump supplies. (Photo: Steven Dietz. Used with permission from the United Steelworkers Union.) Views
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Better Health Insurance Begets Better Life
Last month, in a Pittsburgh parking lot following a conference on type 1 diabetes, three women stood crying. Two of them, mother and teenaged daughter, had just handed a stranger, 25-year-old Michelle, three shopping bags full of insulin pump supplies. Michelle was overwhelmed. She knew they were...
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates that the average American worker’s productivity has increased 400 percent since 1950. (Photo: @AlexMorash/Twitter) Views
Friday, May 03, 2019
The Real Reason American Workers Have It So Hard
Americans are not happy. And for good reason: They continue to suffer financial stress caused by decades of flat income. And every time they make the slightest peep of complaint about a system rigged against them, the rich and powerful tell them to shut up because it is all their fault. One...
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Sign reads: End corporate welfare now Views
Friday, April 19, 2019
Amazon—and 56 Other Corporations—Took Your Tax Dollars
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Bernie Sanders, castigator of the one percent, is a millionaire now. So are Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Big whoop. There’s a crucial difference between these candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and the super wealthy – particularly 60 gigantic,...
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It is essential, Barr contends, that the court rip insurance from 21 million people covered by the ACA health insurance marketplaces and Medicaid expansion. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Republicans on Health Care: Do Vast Harm
This week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, a Republican, announced that his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, just hadn’t gone far enough when he asked a federal judge to kill the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions —that is, stuff like asthma,...
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To erode that solidarity, some billionaire hedge fund owners and multinational CEOs work to divide workers. (Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 22, 2019
How Billionaires Are Using Hate to Divide Us
The union I lead, the United Steelworkers (USW), believes in unity, that “all working men and women, regardless of creed, color or nationality” are eligible for membership. That was the guiding principle of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) when it formed in 1937. I return to that...
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is
The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children. The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb,...
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