Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard is the international president of the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

Recent Articles

Labor Champions a New Deal—with a Clean Environment and Good Jobs

And a trade policy that doesn’t reward offshoring factories to nations that don’t curtail pollution

Seven years ago, in Richmond, California, a massive fire at a Chevron oil refinery raged for more than five hours, spewing a black cloud of toxic smoke for miles over the Bay Area community. Hospitals treated more than 15,000 residents suffering nausea, difficulty breathing, and raw throats. Afterward, the United Steelworkers (USW) union, which represents workers at the refinery, joined environmental organizations and community groups to demand change. Ultimately, the coalition won local ordinances and state law strengthening workplace and environmental safety . That is what the USW is about. That is what organized labor is about. Labor unions fight to protect workers, their children, their families, and their communities. Chevron exposed USW members to the threat of immediate death by fire. The workers were damn lucky to escape with minor injuries . Chevron also exposed the entire Richmond community to noxious smoke, sickening thousands, including the spouses, children, and neighbors...