Leo W. Gerard

Corporations want to own your soul. Here's how we can fight back.

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.

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Why Americans don’t like the idea of trade dependency on China

The United States is number one: First to secure independence from a colonial overlord, it boasts the freest speech, the best junk food, and the largest economy. And, frankly, its citizens like it that way. Being free and number one defines Americans.

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Beware billionaires bearing gifts: A Koch foundation by any other name will still be a Koch foundation

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.

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Health coverage is a deeply personal need — but warped politics make it a nightmare

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.

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Here's 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.

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Dying on the job: How workers get hurt when businesses keep deadly secrets

Last year, on Halloween just before midnight, Frank Leasure left work at American Standard in Salem, Ohio. To get to his car in the employee lot, he had to walk across two sets of Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. He waited in frigid, driving rain for a westbound train to pass, then began to cross, only to be struck by an eastbound train that he apparently did not see or hear.

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This is what made a teaching assistant realize the power of unions

Alison McIntosh learned early that life is a little easier with help from friends. Her first professional job reinforced that notion. And now, as a University of Pittsburgh graduate student, she is asking her co-workers to embrace collectivism.

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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.

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America's economy is rigged from top to bottom

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.

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Here's why it takes 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.

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How the government shutdown exposed the lie at the heart of the anti-union 'right-to-work' movement

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.”

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Here are 8 holiday gifts American workers need

It’s that time of the year—the most wonderful time of the year, the hap-happiest season of all. There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and utility repair workers out in the snow.

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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, Michigan, is one of them. He wrote Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Multiemployer Pensions on August 8:

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Will newly elected Democrats finally stand up for workers' rights -  or cave to corporate interests?

In his victory speech on election night, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said he would always remember the union members who helped him defeat two Republican incumbents in one year.

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We shouldn't just make voting accessible - we should make it mandatory

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.

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Here's How Workers Get Scammed in the New Economy - As Corporations Get Richer and More Powerful

The stock market is effervescent. Unemployment seems inexorably descendent. On financial news shows, someone always is singing, “Happy Days are Here Again.”

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National Outrage Forced Trump to Sign Executive Order to Treat Immigrants Humanely

By signing an executive order ending forced separation of immigrant families, President Donald Trump today admitted that the cruel practice was his administration’s policy and that he could have stopped it at any time.

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Trade Negotiation Between China and the U.S. Required a Steel Spine - But Mnuchin Folded

President Donald Trump dealt himself a strong hand before negotiating with China.

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There Was No Breakthrough Announced in China Trade Talks - That's Actually Good News

That U.S. trade negotiators returned from China last week without trumpeting some big breakthrough is, in fact, a sign of real progress. That’s because there’s no point in touting more cheap promises that won’t be kept.

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American Aluminum and Steel Workers Are in Jeopardy

In preservation attempts, conservation groups pull at heartstrings and purse strings with photos of threatened animals – adorable baby elephants, majestic Amur leopards, sentient Sumatran orangutans. A less photogenic endangered species, the American aluminum and steel worker, received vital aid toward survival this week from the White House. 

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America Needs Cops on the Trade Beat

The Trump Administration placed tariffs on imported washing machines and solar cells this week, provoking wailing and gnashing of teeth worldwide.

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Saluting the Many on Labor Day Who Are Volunteering to Find and Help Harvey Victims

Watching helplessly as flood waters rose was not an option for Brandon Parker. This Texas refinery worker and member of the United Steelworkers union has a jacked-up Suburban and a friend with a boat. There was no way he was going to let family members, neighbors or strangers drown.

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Workers Need Better Trade Deals, Not More Talk

President Donald Trump, author of “The Art of the Deal,” said this week that China is giving American workers and companies a crummy deal. He promised to do something about it. This occurred within days of his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, demanding “fair, free and reciprocal” trade in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

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