[sixties-l] Fwd: Nader is a union buster

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: Tue Jun 27 2000 - 10:58:13 CUT

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    Date: Wed Jun 14 11:39:15 2000
    From: TRox51@aol.com
    Subject: Nader is a union buster

    I read the reports about the UAW and Teamsters considering a vote for
    Ralph Nader and interviews like Kuttner's and think - I must be living in
    never-never land.

    Ralph Nader fired me and two other editors from Multinational Monitor in
    1984 for trying to organize a union in our shop. You can look it up in the
    Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review and Labor Notes.

    I was fired the day after we filed our union recognition papers with the
    NLRB; in the hours that followed, Nader 'transferred' ownership of MM to
    Essential Information run by John Richard (who would become his H.R.
    Haldeman if by some stretch Nader was ever elected prez) and let them do
    the dirty work, which included trying to get the cops to arrest me for
    allegedly 'stealing' my own files. Myself, my two fired colleagues and John
    of the Institute for Policy Studies, our closest supporter, were then sued
    by Essential Information for trying to 'destroy their business,' a pure
    harassment tactic designed to make us shut up about what happened.

    And now the guy has the balls to say his key campaign theme will be
    reforming US labor laws so its easier for workers to form unions? Simply
    amazing for a man who has used those laws to prevent his own workers from
    organizing - and MM is not the only place he's done it.

    To Doug Henwood's credit, he is the only journalist on the left to raise
    this issue; The Nation, Mother Jones and other 'leftie' pubs have refused
    to run a word about Nader's anti-union tactics - not even a letter to the
    editor (I still cherish a note I received from The Nation's Victor Navasky
    after I sent in a letter about my Nader experience - 'Why don't you write
    something about multinationals instead?' the courageous Vic asked me when
    I sought to add some truth to an Alexander Cockburn column in fulsome praise
    of Ralph.).

    Anyone wanting further information, feel free to e-mail me.

    Tim Shorrock

    To read Doug's Nader report, which includes an account I wrote about the

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