"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.
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