October 2, 2012
Unions and Progressive Coalition Partners Call on Companies to Withdraw ALEC Membership
A diverse coalition of unions and community allies held a press conference at the Statehouse yesterday to call on New Jersey companies, Honeywell, Daiichi-Sankyo, Novartis, and Celgene to sever their relations with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The ALEC Exposed coalition has a broad and diverse base of community support including the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, HPAE, the NJ NAACP, Save Our Schools NJ, and the NJ Sierra Club among many others.
ALEC operates under the guise of supporting business friendly legislation. However, ALEC is producing model bills that threaten education, threaten the environment, attack collective bargaining rights, undermine voting rights, and incite violence in the community through laws like “Stand Your Ground”.
Thanks to the coalition’s efforts, over 40 companies nationwide have severed their ties with ALEC including five in New Jersey – Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Reckitt Benckiser, Medco, and most recently Sanofi. ALEC’s extreme agenda has no place in our political system, and the progressive members of the ALEC Exposed coalition are working to bring ALEC’s attempts to undermine our democracy out into the light.
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