THUMBS DOWN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Jay Tim­mons, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers (NAM), tells se­na­tors he’s of la­bor union roots, but enough is enough.

“I have never met a man for whom I have more re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion than my grand­fa­ther, who was a proud union mem­ber at the lo­cal pa­per mill in south­ern Ohio where I grew up. Most of my ex­tended fam­ily and many friends pos­sessed a union card,” Mr. Tim­mons in­forms Capi­tol Hill in a let­ter.

But “in the early part of the last cen­tury, pay was in­equitable, work­ing con­di­tions were un­health­ful and work­ers had no rights to griev­ance or bar­gain.”

To­day, the need for union­iza­tion “has di­min­ished sub­stan­tially as em­ploy­ers— par­tic­u­larly man­u­fac­tur­ers — foster pos­i­tive em­ployee re­la­tions and un­der­stand that th­ese re­la­tion­ships should be con­ducted in a spirit of mu­tual re­spect and fair­ness.”

Mr. Tim­mons’ let­ter fol­lows the re­cently in­tro­duced Em­ployee Free Choice Act, which he calls “one of the most di­rect threats to eco­nomic growth and job re­ten­tion and cre­ation,” in­clud­ing bar­ring em­ploy­ees from us­ing se­cret bal­lot vot­ing when de­cid­ing whether to join a union. all over again about for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore’s red-meat diet.

We wrote last year when PETA said the meat in­dus­try is the lead­ing source of green­house gas emis­sions, and Mr. Gore’s “asteak-or-more-a-day habit isn’t help­ing.”

“Mr. Gore’s own ad­dic­tion to meat is adding to the very cri­sis he’s de­vot­ing his life to stop­ping,” noted PETA Vice Pres­i­dent Bruce Friedrich.

A United Na­tions re­port con­firms that rais­ing an­i­mals for food gen­er­ates about 40 per­cent more green­house gas emis­sions than all the cars, trucks, ships and planes in the world com­bined. PETA says a meat-based diet causes eight times more green­house gas emis­sions than a veg­e­tar­ian diet.

Now, the an­i­mal rights group has filed an ap­pli­ca­tion with the In­ter­net Cor­po­ra­tion for As­signed Names and Num­bers (ICANN) in sup­port of a new do­main: Off­setAlGore.eco.

It would seek to make peo­ple aware of the harm Mr. Gore is per­son­ally caus­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment.

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