Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration
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At the first Thanksgiving 383 years ago, Native Americans and Pilgrim immigrants gathered with mutual respect to share a bountiful harvest they’d produced together.

This Thanksgiving, though, there’s no respect or sharing in the homes of GOP nativists.

Suffering amnesia about their personal histories, nativist Republicans want to expel the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, the people who harvest America’s Thanksgiving vegetables and care for America’s toddlers and grannies. The GOP has threatened to sue, shut down the government and impeach President Obama to punish him for issuing an executive order giving fewer than half of the nation’s undocumented workers a limited ability to remain in the United States.

Americans would prefer if Congress fixed this problem. But Congress hasn’t. In the year and a half since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, House leaders have refused to permit a vote on it. So now, President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.  

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Pity the Poor Stressed-Out Rich

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower Author, Commentator, America’s Number One Populist

Pity the Poor Stressed-Out Rich

Here's a random thought that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

Well, yes, there are all those things that money can buy to alleviate the burden of fabulous wealth – things like servants, summers in Provence, private jets, and such. But, as an article in the "Wealth" section of the New York Times reminds us, money buys things, not happiness – and the article reports that America's poor upper-one-percenters are not happy.

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Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever

Bryce Covert

Bryce Covert Economic Policy Editor, Think Progress

Walmart employees who are organizing as part of OUR Walmart are promising the biggest strikes ever on Black Friday, saying more employees will participate than the previous two years.

Barbara Gertz, an employee from Denver, Colorado, said organizers are expecting to see protests in 1,600 stores. While they don’t yet have a headcount of how many workers will strike or in how many cities, she said they’ve gotten calls “every day” from employees who want to join in. Protests will hit Los Angeles and a number of other major metropolitan areas. Employees at more than 2,100 Walmart stores across the country have signed an online petition asking for higher wages and better working conditions.

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And Now the Richest .01 Percent

Robert Reich

Robert Reich Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Professor at Berkeley

And Now the Richest .01 Percent

The richest Americans hold more of the nation's wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of art, and luxury penthouses.

And also on politics. In fact, their political spending has been growing faster than their spending on anything else. It's been growing even faster than their wealth.

According to new research by Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics, the richest one-hundredth of one percent of Americans now hold over 11 percent of the nation's total wealth. That's a higher share than the top .01 percent held in 1929, before the Great Crash.

We're talking about 16,000 people, each worth at least $110 million.

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Silicon Valley Profits From Systemic Labor Exploitation

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower Author, Commentator, America’s Number One Populist

The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.

Well, yes, that – plus their routine exploitation of workers. From illegal conspiracies that shut off upward mobility for their US employees to their disgraceful use of sweatshop labor abroad, a key component of their business plan is to squeeze billions of dollars a year from their workforce. Such is the price of "miracles."

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America Must Get Off the Corporate Hamster Wheel on Trade

America Must Get Off the Corporate Hamster Wheel on Trade

Union Matters

Leader Cruz?

And you thought Night of the Living Dead was scary …

In discussing his horror classic, George Romero stated that he wanted to make a hopeless film – one in which the rogues, not the good guys, prevailed.

On Nov. 4 that happened.  Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate by a significant margin.  They’re projected to hold the upper chamber by eight seats.  Now for the scary part:  There’s a consensus developing that, while Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will be the new majority leader, the de facto chief will be – shudder – Sen. Ted Cruz.

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