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The People Behind the Ads

The following letter was printed in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. It raises some interesting questions, and we reprint it here for those of you who might have missed reading it.

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Who's Who?

May 1, 1997

To the editor:

Ever wondered who's behind all these ads in the newspaper lately with pictures of poor children begging for money for mommy, or groups of poor children pleading for us to keep our overtime laws the same?

In both cases it says, "brought to you by the Fairbanks Central Labor Council, Anchorage Central labor Council, and the Juneau Central Labor Council." Did you think, as I did, that these were groups of Alaskan workers, uniting across a broad front to improve labor conditions for all Alaskans?

Think again. There is no listing for these "councils" in the phone books or directories, anywhere in the state. Calling the number of the person who placed the ad got my friend the Legal Department of the Teamsters. They disavowed the ad placement and referred him to (among others) Mr. Smutz of the AFL-CIO, Ms.(sic) Hayes of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and some kind of labor advisory in Washington, D.C.

A Mr. Brown was finally found to(sic) is the "president" of this "local" council. My friend reached him at his day job. Mr. Brown said that he didn't do the ads, that a lady in Anchorage should be called, but unfortunately her number wasn't available.

I would be the last to suggest that Big Labor concerns nation-wide would set up a local "front" organization to attempt to unduly influence the course of Alaska's future labor legislation.

But I will confess that other explanations elude me at this time.

Christina S. Tringali


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