MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19406 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
I recently saw a couple strongly anti-union commercials from a group called Center for Union Facts. I was surprised to see such a commercial on TV...anyone else seen them? Know anything about them or with whom they are affiliated? From their FAQ:
"So who are you guys, really?
The Center for Union Facts is a non-profit organization supported by foundations, businesses, union members, and the general public. We are dedicated to showing Americans the truth about today's union leadership. "
Schoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2855 times:
"The Center for Union Facts is a secretive front group for individuals and industries opposed to union activities. It is part of lobbyist Rick Berman's family of front groups including the Employment Policies Institute.
"An article in the December 15, 1999 copy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes Berman's support for Uniroyal, the company that produces Alar(tm), a pesticide used on apples. Through his Guest Choice Network (currently the Center for Consumer Freedom) Berman published a newsletter that minimized the risks of Alar to children. The newsletter stated, "According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one would have to eat 50,000 pounds of apples a day over a lifetime to contract cancer from Alar." In response, EPA spokeswoman Denise Kearns said, "To my knowledge, EPA never issued that kind of statement." In the end Berman admitted that the source of his information was a statement made by Uniroyal. Alar has since been banned due to cancer risks." [Emphasis mine] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Rick_Berman
Quite a figure, this Rick Berman.
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
Nancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
Yes, Berman has also brought us such usefull advice as -pregnant, don't worry about mercury! "According to a spokesman at the Center for Consumer Freedom, of which Berman is the executive director (he also heads the PR firm Berman & Co.), overly cautious federal agencies are to blame for understating the amount of mercury-tainted fish a pregnant woman would have to eat before putting her fetus at risk for brain damage." http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0603,hunter,71775,24.html
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
While I have no interest in Mr. Berman or his organization, I would agree that Unions have gone wildly out of control. A labor union is a business, and it has agendas which will most frequently be at odds with the interests of both workers and business owners.
Molykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 3): While I have no interest in Mr. Berman or his organization, I would agree that Unions have gone wildly out of control. A labor union is a business, and it has agendas which will most frequently be at odds with the interests of both workers and business owners.
Like many such organizations, modern unions exist for their own survival.