Stories by Leo Gerard

Leo W. Gerard president of the United Steelworkers union. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.  Follow him on Twitter: @USWBlogger subscribe to Leo Gerard's feed

Posted on: Apr 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The workers who will protest on April 15 for a better wage live paycheck to paycheck.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

This is not the way Americans treat each other.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Executives told lawmakers that the job cuts are a result of foreign companies dumping steel in the U.S. market.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

They want more money for the military while aiming to get rid of Obamacare.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Republicans want to return America to the days when robber barons controlled workers’ lives completely.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Republican governors across the country feel entitled to thrash the American labor union.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bruce Rauner adheres to George Pullman's philosophy that rich people are better than everyone else.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Aug. 6, 2012, fire at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery was the latest in a long list of failures.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

They want strong safety language included in the collective bargaining agreements.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Why should most people have to lose everything just to bail out banks, Wall Street, and the rich?

Posted on: Jan 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Americans believe trickle-down economics have condemned them to flat wages and foreclosed futures.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Lawmakers are basically shirking their constitutional duty over regulating international trade.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The latest job numbers are improving, but the same can't be said for workers' income.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Republicans are renewing their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Could it be more obvious that Washington is owned by the wealthy?

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why else would they fight against rewarding those who work extra hard and overtime?

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

After the Wall Street crash, America’s wealthiest 1 percent captured 95 percent of economic growth, while the bottom 90 percent got poorer.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet

American workers need a new trade philosophy, one that protects them and puts people first, not corporations. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be a disaster.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till you vote to kill it?

Posted on: Mar 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Banking is built on trust. But U.S. citizens have ample reason not to trust the banks and their government regulators.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

How can anyone still trust the banks?

Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Refusing to yield on the sequester, Republicans have decided that the vast middle class, the elderly and the poor must suffer.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

He never mentioned unions in his inaugural or State of the Union addresses, except once in passing. As extremists try to destroy the labor movement, it's time for the president step up.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There's good reason to greet the company's latest make-nice move with a dose of skepticism.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Republicans in two Congressional committees voted last week to press forward with legislation that would deny states the flexibility they requested to help more welfare recipients get jobs.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Those born into poverty or the middle class live lives nagged by insecurity. They know their jobs could be off-shored at any moment. Their major asset in life, their home, may have lost a third of its value when the Wall Street-inflated housing bubble burst.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In the case of fetuses and rich people, Republicans insist on the sanctity of life. But in the case of riffraff unable to afford health insurance, the GOP says there’s nothing sacred about their stinking lives.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

As bankers' crimes pile up, maybe the best way to catch them in the act is to take advantage of all that greed.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The American Robin Hoods are seeking economic justice. They want Congress to resurrect the financial transactions tax.

Posted on: May 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

When Bain bankrupted the companies it bought – and Bain did that shockingly often – workers and Main Street businesses paid the price.

Posted on: May 22, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Concerted action by shareholders, workers and public interest groups compelled corporate change in several other cases this spring as well.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Corporations, 1 percenters and Republicans are working to ensure you don’t vote because they honestly believe you don’t count.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Mitt Romney has estimated he’ll pay a tax rate of only 15.4 percent. He's among the millionaires and billionaires – the 1 percenters – enjoying the lowest levels in 50 years.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The routine slaughter of human rights activists and trade unionists in Colombia is a quarter century old.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Just as in the case of pink slime, the interests of flesh-and-blood people and corporations frequently conflict.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The GOP demeans Americans by suggesting it would be more honorable for them to die without health insurance than receive it through their government.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

As fuel prices rise, Sunoco, ConocoPhillips, and Hovensa are closing the very facilities essential for producing fuels. It raises the question: why would corporations do that?

Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Throughout this episode, Republicans never wavered or vacillated or faltered in any way in performing their most basic function as a political party: pandering to the rich.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A group of retirees in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are using Occupy tactics to protest losing their retirement benefits to a greedy corporation.