Leo W. Gerard, is the International President of the largest manufacturing union in North America, the United Steelworkers (United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union - USW). The USW represents 1.2 million active and retired industrial and service sector workers in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Gerard also is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Committee and chairs the labor federation’s Public Policy Committee. He is a member of the IndustriALL Global Labor federation and was instrumental in creating Workers Uniting, the first global union, with leaders of the UK-based manufacturing union Unite. He serves as co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and on the boards of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute. He helped create the Washington-based public interest group, Alliance for American Manufacturing.