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Richard Berman
Richard Berman
President, Berman and Company
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      Richard Berman

      Rick Berman is the President of Berman and Company, a Washington, D.C.–based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.
      Berman has founded several leading non-profit organizations which are known for their fact-based research and their aggressive communications campaigns.
      A long-time consumer advocate, Rick Berman champions individual responsibility and common sense policy. He believes that democracies require an informed public from all sides.
      Berman and Company has received dozens of national awards for its creativity and cutting edge work. In the past two years alone Berman and Company has earned over 30 awards for its work in television, print, and radio advertisements and crisis communications.
      Rick Berman has appeared on all major television networks and has organized national coalitions on a variety of issues.

Labor Reform Faces Nonsensical Attacks

1:04 PM 06/08/2017

The most substantive update to American labor law since the 1940s has now been reintroduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN). The Employee Rights Act is currently the nation’s most popular nonpartisan policy proposal with 170 Senate and House cosponsors in 2016. Public approval of the ERA’s eight provisions pivot around 80 percent.

Friedrichs Victory Would Boost Employee Rights

11:15 AM 01/12/2016

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that challenges the compelled union dues paid by millions of organized public-sector employees.

Unions Spend Big On Ads, Rather Than Spending Time On Real Issues

11:56 AM 10/22/2015

Last week’s Democratic presidential debate broadcast flooded the airwaves with more than just partisan finger-wagging: the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), one of America’s largest unions, spent $200,000 on two new anti-Walmart ad spots criticizing the company's treatment of its workers.

Black Friday Protests Are Little More Than A Union PR Campaign

10:50 AM 11/28/2014

For many Americans, Black Friday has become more popular than Thanksgiving itself. This is especially true for unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers and its “workers center” OUR Walmart. In contrast to most Americans who see Black Friday as simply an opportunity to score some inexpensive swag, the UFCW views it as an opportunity to advance its union agenda.

No Rest For Union-Weary Workers This Labor Day

8:20 AM 09/01/2014

This Monday, most Americans will take relief from their labors over hamburgers, hot dogs, and an adult beverage or two. They will spare few thoughts for the historical efforts of organized labor to get its holiday established — or to the effect that unions have on our politics and workplaces today.

Take Back The High Ground In The Minimum Wage Debate

4:02 PM 06/11/2014

It’s campaign season, and President Obama has been on the road selling his proposed 40 percent hike in the federal minimum wage. His argument in favor of the policy closely matches a line favored by wage hike advocates: “No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.”

Labor reform needs more than right-to-work

5:54 PM 07/17/2013

After the shockwaves made by the passage of right-to-work laws in the former union bastions of Indiana and Michigan, the Ohio Senate recently rejected a similar law for their state. This development has reformers asking themselves: Where do we go from here?

The need for national labor reform is real

12:51 PM 03/28/2013

If undue influence in politics piques your interest, then the recent Los Angeles County elections should have raised both your eyebrows. Outside special interest groups spent almost $4 million supporting the candidates’ electoral bids — and over three-quarters of that total came from the region’s labor unions.

Hilda Solis: Organized labor’s humble servant

2:54 PM 01/23/2013

Hilda Solis’ term as secretary of labor is one for the books. She will be remembered as the secretary who declared herself the labor movement’s “loyal servant” — and then acted in lock-step with labor leaders.

Potential port strike shows that Big Labor needs big reform

3:07 PM 12/24/2012

’Tis the season — at least for strikes. Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed the death of Hostess and its Twinkie (until someone buys the brand), a teacher strike in Chicago, a Thanksgiving Eve strike at Los Angeles International Airport, failed union walkouts at Wal-Mart and New York City’s fast food restaurants, and an eight-day, $8 billion strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.

Personal freedom wins in Michigan

12:29 PM 12/13/2012

This has been the year of personal freedom. In 2012, voters across the country consistently reaffirmed their desire to see individual choice trump institutional power. In November, Michigan voters rejected the enshrinement of collective bargaining in the state’s constitution. In Colorado and Washington, they demanded the right to decide for themselves about marijuana use. In other states, the people demanded the right to define marriage for themselves apart from religious doctrine or the authority of the state.

The CREW farce

2:21 PM 08/14/2012

The congressional “watchdog” and supposedly nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) should put a disclaimer on its website saying that it doesn’t hold itself to the standards it espouses. In fact, the only accurate part of its name is “Washington.”