After coming under fire for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Google announced this week it has ended its membership with the organization.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said its membership with ALEC “was some sort of mistake.” Google funded ALEC as some part of a political campaign, but ended its affiliation because it differed with ALEC over the issue of climate change.
Earlier this month, more than 50 organizations sent a letter to Google to cut ties with ALEC.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and counts financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the Koch Brothers. A Washington, DC based politically ultra-conservative, non-profit ALEC thrives on operating in the shadows of the American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country.
ALEC has been advocating policies that hurt IAFF members and other public workers, including encouraging more states to consider shifting to defined contribution plans such as 401(k) style plans and away from traditional defined benefit plans.
ALEC sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state legislatures. The laws tilt in the favor of big business. ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to our members’ right to collectively bargain and has also proposed other anti-union policies.
Companies including tech industry giant Microsoft and others have been fleeing ALEC in droves.