Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rejecting dozens of heroic characters, from Captain America to Underdog, Republicans last week chose instead a villain for their figurehead. 

They selected Prince John, the guy who coddled the rich and tried to crush Robin Hood. House Republicans voted to elevate Prince John as their champion when they passed a budget slashing taxes for the rich and decimating programs for workers and low-income Americans.

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Meet Some ‘Smart Capitalists’ Who Have Already Raised Their Minimum Wage

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole Executive editor, OurFuture.org

Meet Some ‘Smart Capitalists’ Who Have Already Raised Their Minimum Wage

So what if big-box retailer Costco already pays its workers well above the minimum wage, the rhetoric from the crowd opposing a minimum wage increase goes. Costco is a special case, they say, with a business model and sales volume that can sustain a high-wage retail workforce.

What’s good for Costco won’t necessarily be good for, say, a small Tennessee business that markets store reward cards, a soul-food restaurant in Washington, D.C. or a small organic grocery chain, they argue.

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GOP War on the Poor

GOP War on the Poor

Union Matters

Good Public Education Crucial to Industrial Competitiveness

There have been many programs proposed to improve education in our public schools, some of them might be characterized as "harebrained." But a new program exemplified in systems of public schools in Chicago and New York City, called Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) spans grades 9 to 14, extends the school day and the school year, and which offers the opportunity for students to earn college credits approaches the formulas for public education that have been remarkably successful in Taiwan, South Korea and elsewhere.

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