Tobacco Industry Labor Union Documents
Upon the release of the 1982 Surgeon General's Report, the tobacco industry avidly began trying to mobilize organized labor to oppose worksite smokefree policies, stating that, although organized labor did not perceive smoking policies as a priority, the tobacco industry was going to "change that" and allocated $200,000 to target unions, with the goal that:

"We will see unions adopt resolutions against smoking and other 'lifestyle' restrictions…We will see labor publications run articles and guest columns…and we will see some leaders speaking out personally…at labor conventions and meetings. Overall…we will create the sense that organized labor will not tolerate smoking restrictions."

In 1986, upon the suggestion of their public relations firm, Covington and Burling, the Tobacco Institute created the Labor Management Committee (LMC) to lobby and brief elected officials, discourage labor coalitions from taking anti-tobacco positions; building support for the Tobacco Institute in the labor movement, and to stimulate public communication. The LMC framed the issue of smokefree worksite policies to labor unions around tax fairness and regressivity messages, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and collective bargaining rights.

The tobacco industry also sought to have organized labor advocate for ventilation as a favorable solution to secondhand smoke at the workplace, as well as to counter credible science on the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke.

Other documents of interest:

Organized Labor Task Forces
14 million "Foot Soldiers" for $1.45 million a year
Hospitality Industry Unions
IAQ and Organized Labor