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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: The Center For Consumer Freedom, Rick Berman, dishonesty, ethics, lies, propaganda )

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Laura H (964)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 8:57 pm
Since there is now several anti-PETA petitions going around, I thought I would give a little information as to who/what is behind all of the LIES.

Syd H (48)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 12:57 am

Thank you Laura! Berman is not just against Peta (because Big Business/Corporations fear the costs of treating animal better) but also people including those who organize for better wages whether in a union or otherwise and against anyone who would curb drinking to excess even if that means driving drunk and killing many (so he's a regular attacker of MADD -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving) because his corporate masters include beer, wine and spirits companies. He makes millions each year doing his best to be sure others make not even enough to feed themselves so he basically is taking food out the mouths of others (including children) so he can have a bigger swimming pool at his estate.

This from a recent article in the NYTimes (which he probably hates as well):

The group enraged one of New York’s top chefs, Daniel Boulud, by demonstrating outside his Daniel restaurant with a 12-foot-tall inflatable cockroach, asserting that the restaurant’s Hispanic and Bangladeshi employees faced discrimination when they applied to become waiters. Her group reached a confidential settlement with Mr. Boulud. After a similar protest against Mario Batali’s Del Posto restaurant in Manhattan, he reached a settlement that called for paying $1.15 million over misappropriated tips and unpaid overtime and included new policies on promotions and paid sick days.

Because of its in-your-face tactics and numerous successes, the restaurant group has faced many attacks from business.

“It’s flattering,” Ms. Jayaraman said. “The fact that they’re attacking us is a sign that they feel threatened. That’s what happens when you challenge the industry to do the right thing.”

Saru Jayaraman, a co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center, has repeatedly strategized to get under the industry’s skin. Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Greg Asbed, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, noted that numerous companies had signed onto his group’s far-reaching “Fair Food Program” to improve pay and working conditions. The group announced on Thursday that Walmart had joined the program, which calls for paying a penny more per pound for Florida tomatoes. But Mr. Asbed criticized some attacks leveled by business as “McCarthy-era tactics.” “Attacking workers who are fighting poverty wages, sexual harassment and other problems in the food industry is doing a disservice to those companies that are working to prepare the industry for the challenges of the 21st century,” he said.

The chamber questions not just the millions that foundations are giving worker centers but also the image that they run on a shoestring budget.

But worker center leaders say they need foundation funding to get off the ground and keep operating. Some foundations viewed the chamber’s report as a brushback pitch intended to discourage them from giving.

In a statement, the Ford Foundation said: “Growing numbers of workers are finding themselves in low-wage jobs with limited resources to support a family and move up the economic ladder. The foundation’s support for worker centers is one part of our effort to help more hard-working people climb out of poverty and achieve economic security.”

Industry officials say that when the Restaurant Opportunities Center negotiated with Mr. Batali about promotions and other policies after suing him, those negotiations resembled collective bargaining. But in 2006, the general counsel’s office of the National Labor Relations Board concluded that ROC was not a labor organization under federal law, finding that it was not engaged in a pattern of dealing with specific employers.

Ms. Jayaraman said her group was not bargaining, but instead seeking injunctive relief to settle a lawsuit. Mr. Berman, the lobbyist whom the CBS program “60 Minutes” once called “Dr. Evil,” has mounted a multipronged offensive against worker centers. He is hitting not just ROC and the Immokalee coalition, but also the recent fast-food strikes and Black Friday protests at Walmart, which have strong union backing. “They put on a costume and call themselves something other than a union,” Mr. Berman said. “They’re doing Potemkin-village unionization.” He declined to disclose his sources of funding.


fly bird (26)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 6:16 pm
Thank you for the post Laura, and comment Elderberry.
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