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Leo W Gerard

Leo W. Gerard is the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) union. His editorials post on the NH Labor News every Tuesday. You can follow him at @USWBlogger

  • Leo W Gerard: Canadian Mounties to the Rescue of American Workers

    The Canadian Royal Mounties have offered to ride to the rescue of beleaguered American workers. It doesnâ..Read more

  • Working on Labor Day to Recover from Harvey

    Watching helplessly as flood waters rose was not an option for Brandon Parker. This Texas refinery worker and member of the United Steelworkers (USW) union has a jacked-up Suburban and a friend with a..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: No More Trickle-Down Trade Deals

    Free trade be damned. People don’t need any more free trade. They need jobs. And not just any jobs. They need good jobs with living wages and decent benefits. That’s what negotiators from th..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: 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 one. He promised to do something about it. This occurred wit..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Don’t Dawdle on Economic and National Security

    The future of the American steel and aluminum industries is not a matter for dithering. [caption id="attachment_62928" align="alignright" width="407"]..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: “Do No Harm” Still Hurts

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="324"] Photo of locked gate at closed steel mill by Getty Images.[/caption] Promises were made. And workers believed candidate Donald Tru..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: American Workers Seek Enforcement, Not Protection

    American workers have made a simple request of politicians for decades: stop the trade violations that kill American manufacturers and jobs. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="428"] Art by dz..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Veto The Cold-Hearted Health Care Bill

    Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last we..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Trump Offers Fool’s Gold to Fund Infrastructure

    [caption id="attachment_57056" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Image from USW / Getty[/caption] ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Trump’s Budget Slashes Opportunity

    A few hundred billion cut here, a few hundred billion slashed there, and the Trump budget proposal released this week adds up to real crushed opportunity. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="4..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Stop China’s Stealth Invasion

    A country claiming the greatest military on earth can’t be without some things. Steel is an obvious one. [caption id="attachment_56890" align="alignright" width="375"]..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Another GOP Tax Plan For Captains

    [caption id="attachment_56701" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Donald Trump
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  • Leo W Gerard: Speak Loudly And Carry A Big Aluminum Bat

    During this very month last year, aluminum smelters across the United States were closing, one after another. It was as if they produced somet..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard — Coming Soon: American Made Battle Of The Heavyweights

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  • Leo W Gerard: Goon-Busters Prepare For Trump’s Poll Trolls

    Republicans have conjured for Americans a monster more frightening than any Hollywood has ever produced for Halloween. It pales “The Shini..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Solidarity Against Trump

    Donald Trump likes to say he has a very, very good relationship with unions.  “I have great relationships with unions,” ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Dishonest Don

    Donald Trump likes to brag on the campaign trail that he’s the best at bribing politicians. ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Donald Destructo

    Donald Trump has perfected the swagger and boast of a professional wrestler.

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  • Leo W Gerard: Voters Can Choose U.S. Forecast: Bright Or Falling Skies

    The dark and treacherous skies Donald Trump invoked at the Republican National Convention last week have lifted as Democrats begin their meeti..Read more

  • Leo W. Gerard: Donald Trump – The Divider

    [caption id="attachment_53438" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo of Donald Trump by Evan G..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Donald “You’re Fired” Trump, Kills Jobs

    After mouthing off in ways that had the effect of repeatedly shooting himself in the foot, Donald Trump tried to recover last week by puffin..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses

    Using rape-and-pillage corporate practices favored by Wall Street, Donald Trump made himself billions while swindling and bankrupting untold n..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The Buck Never Stops at Donald Trump

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  • Leo W Gerard: Really, Really Rich Trump Is No Workers’ Champion

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  • Leo W Gerard: Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

    On the fourth anniversary of the Korean trade deal, its lofty promises have been revealed as putrid pie in the sky:  More jobs lost. No expor..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Outlaw Chinese Steel

    Forged with the despicable dividend of stolen trade secrets, priced with monopoly collusion, then traded with fraudulent labeling to dodge U.S..Read more

  • (LEO W GERARD) GOP: It’s OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

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  • Leo W Gerard: GOP Hate Exacts a Toll

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  • Leo W Gerard: Senate GOP Disses American Voters

    [caption id="attachment_14786" align="aligncenter" width="639"] Image by..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: When a Coin Drops in Asia, Jobs Disappear in Detroit

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  • Leo W Gerard: When Too Much Is Terrible

    It’s lights out in Lorain on March 31. The town’s steel mill, site of a new electric arc furnace and ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: One Percenters Get Their Own Special Social Welfare Deal

    [caption id="attachment_51321" align="aligncenter" width="633"] Image by Demo..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Government Run Like A Business Poisons Kids

    [caption id="attachment_51012" align="aligncenter" width="599"] Via ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: GOP Vows Sickness and Ill-Health

    [caption id="attachment_50727" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Paul Ryan (DonkeyHotey FLICKR)[/caption] T..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Burn The TPP

    Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shored community-sustaining factories, killed family-supporting..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

    This Thanksgiving, in dining rooms across America, the turkey will be smaller, the stuffing more meager, the pumpkin pie sliced thinner. Gratitude will b..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

    [caption id="attachment_49894" align="aligncenter" width="558"] (Josh Hallett FLIKR CC)[/caption] Ove..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The TPP — Another Deadly Trade Deal

    [caption id="attachment_49839" align="aligncenter" width="654"] President Obama (Official WH Ima..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Retirement Insecurity for Workers — Decadent Pensions for CEOs

    Workers received a terrifying message last week, one far more bone-chilling than Halloween ghouls or Freddie Krueger. It was this: Retirement security is..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Disgraced United CEO Jeff Smisek Is The Reason For Income Inequality

    [caption id="attachment_49005" align="aligncenter" width="659"] United Airlines AirPlane (Ae..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: China Protects its Workers; America Doesn’t Bother

    Confronted with a dire situation, a world power last week took strong action to secure its domestic jobs and manufacturing. That was China. Not the United States. China diminished the value of i..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Lacie Little — You’re Un-Fired

    Lacie Little won back last week everything Indiana University Health Inc. took from her – except her job. Her beloved nursing job. She got back wages and a formal public statement by the hospital..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Oil Corporations Scheme to Export America’s Security

    Oil honchos and their legion of lobbyists petitioned Congress last week to pad corporate profits at the expense of American energy independence and national security. And Republicans on a Senate co..Read more

  • (Leo W Gerard) Anti-Presidential: Money Grubbing, Community Disdaining Candidates

    Donald Trump says exactly what the GOP believes. It’s a simple axiom: personal wealth accumulation is everything. Republican Party officials believe in..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Jeb! Cracks The Whip

    Jeb! Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, whose family owns not a home but ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: There’s Always Money for the Boss

    Businesses always find big bucks for the boss. He wants a raise; he gets it. No problem. For workers whose sweat of the brow produces profits, well, somehow there’s never ..Read more

  • (Leo W Gerard) Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

    In a close vote last week, a majority in the U.S. House chose to continue glomming onto the same tired old broken-down trade tactics that have closed American factories, cost American jobs and caused ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Democracy Demoralized

    Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it’s no secret to the American public that the rich are ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Trade Enforcement Failure

    It’s all the rage now for Republican presidential candidates to spurn the Royal Romney approach and, instead, fawn over workers. When former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announced ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Trade Abuse

    America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The Words Of Dead Workers

    [caption id="attachment_47189" align="aligncenter" width="708"]  Oil Refinery (Dan DeLuca FL..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The High Cost Of Fighting For $15

    [caption id="attachment_46970" align="aligncenter" width="598"] 2014 Fast Foo..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard — Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

     After Indiana Republicans passed a license to discriminate law, a restaurant called ..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: Bad Trade Leads To More Jobs Lost

    By Leo W Gerard President of the United Steelworkers Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock co..Read more

  • Leo W Gerard: The GOP Has Money To Kill

    [caption id="attachment_46637" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Boehne..Read more

  • USW President Leo W. Gerard: The GOP’s Big Squeeze

    Editor's note: Beginning this week, the NH Labor News will also be posting a weekly editorial from United Steelworkers President Leo W Gerard. ..Read more

  • End the Delays Deadly to Workers, by Leo W Gerard (USW International President)

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