Why Make News When You Can Fabricate It?

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein likes to see himself styled as someone who would give people a chance no one else would. Must be only a coincidence that the people he gives chances all seem to share his ultra-conservative right-wing political stances. The 72-year-old Uihlein poured $22 million into 2016 political campaigns and, the Washington Post reports, is bankrolling right-wingers at a higher level this year. His wife Liz says she and hubbie Dick “love reading newspapers.” But Dick appears to love faking newspapers even more. The Chicago Tribune has revealed that one political outfit he subsidizes, Think Freely Media, helps mail to targeted voters bogus local papers filled with slanted articles about candidates. Uihlein, for his own part, routinely refuses all legitimate media requests for comments on his “anti-union, free-market” political agenda.

Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the online weekly on excess and inequality. He is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Last year, he played an active role on the team that generated The Nation magazine special issue on extreme inequality. That issue recently won the 2009 Hillman Prize for magazine journalism. Pizzigati’s latest book, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality that Limits Our Lives (Apex Press, 2004), won an “outstanding title” of the year ranking from the American Library Association’s Choice book review journal.

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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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