Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Americans devoted Friday to celebrating independence. Flags and fireworks, picnics and pledges of allegiance abounded.

But there’s no liberty and justice for all if Americans aren’t economically independent.  Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises. And their economic desperation and subordination occurred by design. 

CEOs and right-wing one percenters purchased legislation and court decisions that diverted the nation’s wealth to their penthouses. And despite their promises, not a dime trickles down to the workers whose labor created the wealth and whose productivity has risen even as their wages have not. The decision of the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the Harris v. Quinn case is another example of the one percent’s unrelenting erosion of the 99 percent’s economic independence.

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The World Trade Organization Strikes Again, Undermines U.S. Law and U.S. Workers!

Celeste Drake

Celeste Drake AFL-CIO

The World Trade Organization Strikes Again, Undermines U.S. Law and U.S. Workers!

Once again, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has issued a decision that leaves American manufacturers—and those who work for them—behind. In two separate decisions just released (Case DS436, concerning carbon steel from India, and Case DS437, concerning solar panels and 16 other products from China), the WTO ruled that the United States had violated its WTO obligations in the manner that it applied countervailing duties on products from the two countries.

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The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

Robert Reich

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

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.

In fact, we're on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history.

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It’s Not Just Walgreens: The Absurd Measures Corporations Will Take to Dodge Taxes

Jim Hightower

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

It’s Not Just Walgreens: The Absurd Measures Corporations Will Take to Dodge Taxes

How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his part of the taxes that make them available?

And what if this neighbor also said he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland, because he could pay less taxes there? Not that he was actually moving to that cold country, mind you — no, no, he’d still be living right here in the good ol’ USA, still benefitting from all those public services that taxpayers like you and I provide.

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A Former Labor Secretary Says: Raise the Wage!

A Former Labor Secretary Says: Raise the Wage!

Union Matters

Costco, Paying Decent Wages, Rises Faster Than Walmart

Is it true?  Wal-mart claims to have set record sales each year on Black Friday. And Wal-mart is the top retailer.  But while Costco is only the 8th largest retailer, its annual sales growth is more than 3 times that of Wal-Mart. Granted, when you are already at the top, it is harder to increase sales by a significant percentage, but check the numbers over the past three years:

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