We at CFIF often highlight the clear and present danger that drug price control schemes pose to American…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
New Lung Cancer Breakthrough Illustrates the Potential Peril of Drug Price Controls

We at CFIF often highlight the clear and present danger that drug price control schemes pose to American consumers, who benefit from our private pharmaceutical sector that leads the world - by far - in innovation.  A new lung cancer treatment breakthrough in the form of Amgen's Lumakras illustrates that interrelationship.

Simply put, Lumakras reduced the risk of progression by 34% compared to chemotherapy in patents with advanced lung cancer, which is particularly welcome considering lung cancer's especially low survival rate (18.6% over five years, and just 5% for advanced forms).  The breakthrough required years of research and enormous amounts of investment, however, which The Wall Street Journal notes makes Lumakras the type of innovation put at risk by new drug price controls…[more]

September 22, 2022 • 05:06 PM

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's Courtroom Legal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts
Home Press Room CFIF Launches TheImperfectUnion.com
CFIF Launches TheImperfectUnion.com Print
Monday, April 19 2021

Why are UFCW bosses enriching themselves at the expense of rank-and-file workers whose interests they claim to represent during a pandemic?

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today launched TheImperfectUnion.com, a project highlighting the unfair actions of certain big labor unions that continue to extract significant dues and fees from members’ paychecks during a pandemic.

TheImperfectUnion.com focuses initially on the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union and its Local 770 in California.  A 60-second video anchoring the campaign highlights those unfair actions and calls on the heads of the UFCW and Local 770 to return the dues collected from hard-working members since the pandemic began more than 13 months ago. 

“During the pandemic, grocers have hired hundreds of thousands of new employees to serve communities in need and to help manage new safety protocols,” said Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs. “While that influx of employees has certainly helped keep food on the shelves, it has also helped pad the bank accounts of labor unions and fund the six-figure salaries of union bosses by taking money from the essential workers serving on the front lines,” added Lee.

Since March of 2020, members of Local 770 have had up to $900 taken out of their paychecks for union dues, and some had to pay initiation fees of up to $550, according to official filings with the U.S. Department of Labor. That means some Local 770 members have had up to $1,450 taken out of their pockets by the union. 

Meanwhile, UFCW Local 770 President John Grant and Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Finn earned nearly $200,000 in 2020, or nearly seven times more than what the average Local 770 member earns in a year. And the UFCW’s big boss in Washington, Marc Perrone, earned over $300,000, or nearly 11 times more than the average Local 770 member. In addition to paying its leaders six-figure salaries, Local 770 is sitting on $28 million in assets. 

“The UFCW and Local 770 must stop blaming others for their members’ struggles while they continue to exploit those same members for financial gain. Frontline workers deserve better,” Lee concluded.

To learn more and watch the 60-second video, visit TheImperfectUnion.com.

The Center for Individual Freedom is a constitutional and free-market advocacy organization with more than 300,000 activists and supporters nationwide.

###

Related Articles :
Quiz Question   
Which one of the following U.S. Presidents signed the executive order establishing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)?
More Questions
Notable Quote   
 
"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent over $1.1 billion in child tax credit payments to incorrect recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an audit by the Department of the Treasury's Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration on Tuesday.The IRS sent the payments to 1.5 million people between July and November of 2021 during the pandemic, according to the audit. Additionally, the…[more]
 
 
—Arjun Singh, The Daily Caller News Foundation
— Arjun Singh, The Daily Caller News Foundation
 
Liberty Poll   

Choosing from the list below, what issue is currently most important to you heading into the mid-term elections?