Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Labor Organizes a Congressional Win

On Tuesday in Western Pennsylvania, a novice candidate, a 33-year-old Democrat who had never before run for office, upset an experienced politician who President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. all stumped for and who received more than $10 million from dark money groups and the  Republican Party.

Not only that, the rookie did it in a congressional district that was gerrymandered to elect Republicans for life, a district that went for Trump, Mitt Romney and John McCain.

It was stunning.

Democrat Conor Lamb defeated Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, which had sent a Republican to Congress for the past 15 years.

The shocker resulted from a winning combination. Organized labor worked for the candidate who pledged to work for labor. That candidate, of course, was Conor Lamb.

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Kansas Secretary of State seeks to deliver a devastating blow to voting rights

Kira Lerner Political Reporter, Think Progress

When Tad Stricker moved to Kansas from Illinois in 2013, he procrastinated getting a new driver’s license. He was busy with work and settling into his new city, and wasn’t eager to spend a day at the Department of Motor Vehicles. But when the registration deadline for the upcoming gubernatorial election approached, he decided it was time.

When he first arrived at the local DMV, he was told he didn’t have the proper documentation to get his license, so he hurried home to collect several forms of ID and proof of address.

“I grabbed every piece of document that I could find in my house,” he told ThinkProgress. “I grabbed mortgage statements, I grabbed tax documents, I grabbed my birth certificate, I grabbed utility bills, literally everything I could get my hands on to prove I was who I said I was.”

Back at the DMV, he was told he’d receive his permanent license and voter registration card in the mail.

“I left the DMV that day under the impression that I was registered to vote,” he said. The license arrived in the mail, but the voter registration card never did.

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For These Steelworkers, A Trip to the White House Is Another Step in a Decades-Long Fight

By Jeffrey Bonior Writer, Alliance for American Manufacturing

A group of 10 steel and aluminum workers traveled to the White House on Thursday to witness President Trump sign a proclamation issuing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products coming into the United States.

Several of the workers are members of the United Steelworkers (USW), and while they were in the national spotlight for an afternoon, the trip to the White House was just one more event in a decades-long struggle to defend their industry from unfair trade.

After making his statements and before signing the declaration, Trump asked the workers if they wanted to speak about the issue. Scott Sauritch, a steelworker at the United States Steel Irvin Works in West Mifflin, Pa., stepped to the microphone and shared a very personal story.

“My father was a steelworker and lost his job in the early 80s with six kids at home,” Sauritch recalled after the White House visit.  “He was crushed. You know you see a man go to work, joke around with the guys, tell good stories and be able to support a wife and six kids. It was heartbreaking.

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Union Matters

No More Wall Street Giveaways

By the AFL-CIO

Every single challenge faced by working people can be traced back to the greed of powerful corporations and CEOs, which is why America’s leaders should be holding Wall Street accountable, not weakening consumer protections and opening the door to risky banking practices and predatory lending.

Working people call on our elected leaders to oppose legislation from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to roll back and eliminate sections of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act. Congress should be building on that landmark law so working families and our communities can thrive.

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