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Charity's Strike on Union Drive Called Abuse of Tax-Free Status

When Smithfield Foods Inc. was trying to fend off a union organizing drive at its largest meat-processing plant, it hired public relations executive Rick Berman. They discussed “preparing the nuclear strike,” according to e-mail records.

Soon after, a non-profit called the Center for Union Facts began running television ads slamming the “union bosses” who were trying to organize Smithfield’s plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. That was no coincidence: Berman also runs the center.