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Leo W. Gerard USW International President

USW International President Leo W. Gerard and USW Member Jim Savage Discuss Hillary Clinton and Trade on Eve of Democratic National Convention

USW International President Leo W. Gerard and USW Member Jim Savage Discuss Hillary Clinton and Trade on Eve of Democratic National Convention
Jim Savage

I was with USW member Jim Savage – and about 500 other union members from across the country – at a hotel meeting room in Philadelphia last night when AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka fired us up to promote our values these next few months.

“We will work together, we will march together, and come November, we will win together,” Trumka said to cheers from the crowd.

To do that, Trumka said each person in the room had to talk to union brothers and sisters about Hillary Clinton.

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GOP Convention Nurtures Nonsense, But Outside, People Talk Issues

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

CLEVELAND (PAI)--Inside the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump made himself "grate again" on our nerves.

Outside the convention hall, people were interesting, thought-provoking and in some cases, inspiring.

The first time Trump came on stage, it was with highly orchestrated special effects, appropriate for a presidential candidate hiding his actual goal: capturing the White House to institute polices that would further enrich billionaires like himself.

He walked onto the convention platform from the rear, emerging through a cloud of artificial fog. Through the magic of stage lighting, a shining halo surrounded his silhouette. As the music swelled, a podium slowly rose from the ground as Trump came into sharper view.

All of this was for the purpose of Trump giving a speech to introduce his wife, Melania, who, in turn, gave a speech introducing Trump. Later, it turned out that whoever wrote the speech stole a lot of it from a speech given years ago by Michelle Obama.

The show went downhill from there.

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Big Headlines for a Tiny Wage Hike

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

Lloyd Blankfein, one of America’s most powerful bankers, a few years ago told a reporter that his Goldman Sachs financial colossus was doing “God’s work.”

That offhand comment would provoke an instant uproar. An embarrassed Blankfein had to quickly calm the waters. He meant his quip, the Goldman CEO assured us all, only as a joke.

Last week, one of Blankfein’s high-finance peers, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, made some headlines of his own. In a widely heralded New York Times op-ed, Dimon proudly announced that his bank is making a major move to “create more widely shared prosperity.”

JPMorgan, Dimon declared, will be raising the minimum pay of 18,000 of the bank’s workers to “between $12 and $16.50 an hour.”

Every business, the JPMorgan chief pronounced, needs to do its part to “address economic inequality.” As a nation, he added, “we must find ways” to help Americans “move up the economic ladder.”

Is Jamie Dimon serious about all this? Of course not. Like his CEO rival Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon is only kidding. Modern banks like JPMorgan Chase don’t “address inequality.” They create it.

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Clinton Uses AFSCME Speech To Praise Unions, Rip Trump

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

LAS VEGAS (PAI)—Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton brought a hard-hitting speech to 6,000 AFSCME delegates, meeting in convention in Las Vegas, Nev. She alternated in her remarks between praising workers and unions and ripping her GOP foe, businessman Donald Trump.

Clinton’s July 19 speech was greeted with roars from the crowd, whose delegates represent the AFL-CIO’s largest union. Earlier, they unanimously re-elected incumbent President Lee Saunders, who introduced Clinton, for a second term.

 And in turn, Clinton thanked Saunders for making her party’s platform even more progressive than it originally was. Saunders helped shepherd key planks – including one denouncing so-called “free trade” pacts, without naming names – through the platform-drafting process. Democrats will adopt the revised platform at their convention in Philadelphia.

Clinton drew guffaws when she called the GOP convention in Cleveland “surreal” and compared it to the movie The Wizard of Oz. “You draw back the curtain, and there’s Donald Trump!” she said.

But she also warned AFSCME, and other workers, not to let Trump con them with “tough talk.”

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Steelworkers Achieve Historic Win By Unionizing Doctors In Minnesota

Larry Sillanpa

Larry Sillanpa Editor, Duluth Labor World

In an historic organizing victory, medical professionals – including medical doctors – at the Lake Superior Community Health Center (LSCHC) in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., have ratified their first contract and are now members of Steelworkers Local 9460.

The 11-member unit at the center, whose members provide comprehensive primary care and dental services for low-income communities, includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and behavioral health therapists. 

The victory and contract ratification makes the LSCHC staffers the first such bargaining unit in the Steelworkers, and the first in Minnesota, to include physicians and mid-level health care providers as union members. The American Federation of Teachers have also organized a doctors’ unit at an Oregon hospital, possibly the only other MDs unit in the U.S.

In the end, the Minnesota doctors’ desire to have a seat at the table and a voice in the workplace is no different than that of any other group of workers, said Dr. Emily Onello, one of three medical doctors in the group.

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Dunce-Old Trump

Leo Toribio

Leo Toribio Pittsburgh, Pa.

Has there ever been a candidate for the presidency so poorly educated, so oblivious, so idiotic as the Dunce-old Trump?

Trump stated that "laziness is a trait in blacks, I believe that!" 

If black people are lazy, why did white American farmers import slaves from Africa?  

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