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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Fast Food Chains Stealing from Low-Wage Workers

Jim Hightower

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

Fast Food Chains Stealing from Low-Wage Workers

No matter how small the haul is, a thief is a thief, right? If a poverty-wage fast-food worker sneaks out a couple of burgers to take home to the kids, the bosses yell: "Thief!"

But what do you call it when the bosses steal from those same workers? How about outrageous, disgusting – or simply unbelievable? Well, believe it or not, it's happening every day in multiple ways, and not by a few bad apples, but in what has become routine corporate practice by McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's, and other hugely-profitable giants.

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Fast Fortunes: On the Diamond and Beyond

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

Fast Fortunes: On the Diamond and Beyond

Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera may or may not turn out to be, by the time he retires, the best hitter in baseball history. But Cabrera already holds a historic distinction. Last month, just before baseball’s 2014 opening day, the 31-year-old slugger became America’s highest-paid professional ballplayer ever.

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Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow Writer, Host, "The Breakdown;" Senior Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

The unseen hand of antigovernment ideology can be found everywhere nowadays – even in your mailbox. The proof is in what you won’t find there, like your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits.

The government stopped mailing those out in 2011.

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Sure, Bigwigs Want Labor Rights—But Only for Themselves

David Sirota

David Sirota Author, Radio Show Host, Columnist

Sure, Bigwigs Want Labor Rights—But Only for Themselves

Technology, sports and politics are distinct worlds. They have their own junkies, their own vernaculars and their own peculiar customs. Yet, in recent weeks you may have noticed a common economic argument coming from those worlds’ respective leaders—an argument about who should have a right to engage in collective action and who should not.

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GOP War on the Poor

GOP War on the Poor

Union Matters

The Traditional Power of a Work Stoppage

By Michele Petrovsky

Most folks consider the Homestead Strike of 1892 as the seminal event in the history of labor unions in this country.  But that bloody, brutal battle between steelworkers and Pinkertons had an antecedent.

In the 1600s, in the Jamestown colony of what was to become Virginia, unskilled labor was imported.  Slaves or indentured servants did the dirty work.  But skilled laborers were recruited from Great Britain and, to a lesser extent, Germany.

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