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Jane Blume April 12, 2012 10:08

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is getting kicked to the curb again this week.

This time two of America’s most popular fast food restaurants -- McDonald’s and Wendy’s International -- are doing the dumping.

ALEC is the corporate-funded organization that writes radical model bills for thousands of state lawmakers nationwide. In 2011, Republican governors and GOP-dominated legislatures introduced more than 500 anti-labor bills, many carbon copies of ALEC model legislation, all of them inspired by the group’s work.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s says,” While {we} were a member of ALEC in 2011, we evaluate all professional memberships annually and made the business decision not to renew in 2012.”

Supporters of ALEC have been under increasing pressure to withdraw their membership from the ultra-right wing organization that has developed policies aimed at crippling workers and the middle class.

Wendy’s tweeted about the end of its association with ALEC on Tuesday.

“We decided late 2011 and never renewed this year. It didn’t fit our business needs.”

A company spokesperson also confirmed Wendy’s departure.

ALEC released this statement in response to the high-profile defections from its organization.

ALEC is an organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and the vigorous exchange of ideas between the public and private sector to develop state based solutions. Today, we find ourselves the focus of a well-funded, expertly coordinated intimidation campaign.

Our members join ALEC because we connect state legislators with other state legislators and with job-creators in their states. They join because we support pro-business policies that promote innovation and spur local and national competitiveness. They’re ALEC members because they’re more interested in solutions than rhetoric.

The IAFF will continue to keep you updated on ALEC and the policies it develops as it pertains to workers.


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