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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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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Thursday, March 07, 2019
Why It Takes Pressure and Rabble-Rousing From Workers to Retire With Economic Security
Standing out among the baldpates and gray hairs crowding into a congressional hearing room Thursday morning with “Protect our Pensions” stickers will be 26-year-old Ben Trusnik. The son, grandson and great-grandson of labor union members, Ben will travel to Washington, D.C., from his home in...
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Schultz and Michael Bloomberg, the other billionaire who thinks he should be president, revealed themselves as out-of-touch, private-jet-riding, multi-mansion-owning, gold-leaf-latte-sippers by condemning lawmakers who have proposed raising taxes on the nation’s most obscenely rich. (Photo: @cnnbrk/Twitter) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
Why Billionaires Make Horrible Candidates and Presidents
Billionaires are pretty damn sure they know what’s best for you. No more taxes on the rich and none of that Medicare for All is what’s best for you, according to two billionaires toying with seeking the presidency. Or, maybe, that’s what’s best for them. One of those billionaires, former Starbucks...
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 Public sector unions didn’t die. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 25, 2019
With Federal Workers Locked Out, Where Are Those Right-to-Work Groups?
Thousands of federal employees protested at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., this week, holding aloft empty plates during 33 minutes of silence —one minute for each day of the government shutdown. Some plates carried the message, “Will work for pay.” Unions representing the 800,...
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The typical government worker is short $5,000 in pay after four weeks of government closure and confronting the indignity of feeding the family from food banks, selling possessions on eBay, begging on GoFundMe and missing mortgage, rent, car loan, credit card and utility bill payment deadlines. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 18, 2019
The Indignity of Work Without Pay
In the midst of the longest government shutdown in history, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this week launched a “Dignity of Work” listening tour . The Democratic senator, who just won reelection by nearly seven points in the red state of Ohio, explained the concept to reporters: “Dignity of work means...
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In Denmark, hygge is achieved in part with tax rates that are consistently among the highest in the world. (Photo: Jacob Surland/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
Tax Dollars Can Buy Happiness
Corporatists castigated two lawmakers in recent weeks for daring to offer economic Xanax prescriptions to cure rampant American economic anxiety. “Stupid,” is what they branded new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she became the youngest woman ever to serve in the U.S. House. “Unlikeable”...
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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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