Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It’s the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much.

The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 an hour for these workers. 

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Can Democrats Go Long?

Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner Co-Founder and Co-Editor, The American Prospect

Can Democrats Go Long?

For more than 30 years, the right has been throwing long passes. The Democrats, with some fine individual exceptions in the Senate and House, have been playing an incremental game, eking out gains of a few yards at a time and often being thrown for big losses.

Guess which side has been winning.

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The Populist Wave: Politics And Pitchforks

Robert Borosage

Robert Borosage Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future

Americans are in a surly mood, confronting rules they feel are rigged against them. President Barack Obama captured this populist temper in his re-election campaign. He then launched his second term declaring that inequality is the “most pressing challenge of our time,” and laying out a popular agenda to raise the federal minimum wage, provide pay equity for women, establish universal preschool and other initiatives that polls show the public strongly supports.

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The 3 Lessons Of Sebelius: Don’t Panic, Never Give Up, Ignore Pundits

Bill Scher

Bill Scher Online Editor, Campaign for America's Future

The 3 Lessons Of Sebelius: Don’t Panic, Never Give Up, Ignore Pundits

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will finish her five-year tenure having implemented the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years. What should we learn from her success story? Three key lessons:

1. Don’t Panic

Yes, HealthCare.gov flopped at the start. But as anyone within earshot of my voice in the past six months knows, rough beginnings are typical for big projects, in both the public sector and the private sector.

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CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

How’s your job going – if you even have one? The odds are very, very high that you haven’t seen a raise in a long time. Or maybe you were laid off and found a new job at half your old pay. They say this is the “new normal.”

Meanwhile, CEO pay just keeps climbing and climbing and climbing (and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing). This inequality is destabilizing our economy.

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Small Business Owners Supporting Raising the Minimum Wage

Small Business Owners Supporting Raising the Minimum Wage

Union Matters

Government Regulations Can Be the Solution

In "The Clean Room" episode of COSMOS, Neil DeGrasse Tyson reviews the work of Clair Patterson, et al, in researching the toxicity of lead and the decades-long effort to eliminate the emission of toxic lead into the atmosphere (mostly from leaded gas products) and lead used in children's toys.
 
We are currently surrounded with the same sort of confrontation between climate scientists and companies that make their profits from products and services that pollute the atmosphere. 

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