History of Labor issues
Between 1973–1995 there were a series of boycotts and strikes opposing Coors on a number of issues from opposing unions to discrimination practices against women, Hispanics, Black people, and LGBTQ. Coors actually forced people in interviews to take lie detector tests to see if they were homosexual or pro-union. Coors did not hire either.
Eventually Coors was forced to allow union voting representation and had to stop all discrimination in the work place.
History of Pollution
According to a Denver Post article:
“In October 1990, Coors pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of state water laws and agreed to pay $750,000. Although Coors had been illegally pumping industrial solvents into Clear Creek from 1976 to 1989, it didn’t disclose the pollution until a television station found out about it. In September 1991, Coors agreed to spend more than $270,000 on environmental improvements after the Sierra Club threatened to file a federal lawsuit for more than 240 violations of the Clean Water Act from 1986 to 1991. The Sierra Club alleged violations on limits for silver, solids, copper, nickel, mercury and cyanide.
Coors was fined $175,000 by the state in October 1991 for violating water standards in Clear Creek. In the prior two years, Coors dumped illegal amounts of mercury, silver and copper in the creek, state officials said.
Another $36,000 fine came for a May 1991 fish kill.
In October 1991, Coors agreed to pay a $700,000 penalty after the EPA accused the company of violating federal hazardous waste laws. The EPA said Coors knew it illegally discharged at least two industrial solvents into groundwater from 1981 to 1984, but failed to tell the agency until 1990. That secrecy let an extra 1,000 pounds of solvent leak into groundwater, the EPA said. Company officials blamed the pollution on leaky pipes beneath the company’s container plant”
Coors was a major donor and fundraiser to the Trump Campaign.
Joseph Coors, the president of Coors, founded and funded the Heritage Foundation in the 1970s. The Heritage Foundation is a right-wing think tank with a stated mission to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of “free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” It is widely considered one of the world’s most influential public policy research institutes.
The Heritage Foundation actively supports many issues from Defunding Affordable Care Act to Fighting Immigration Reform but is most known for supporting climate change denial by using Exxon and Koch Brothers funding to fuel publications and policies denying climate change.
The Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 non profit which is prohibited in lobbying congress. But in 2010, they created a sister organization, Heritage Action, to be its lobbying arm which actively spends millions to support Tea Party candidates and tea party agendas like government shutdowns and oppose and remove moderate republicans like John Boehner. The Heritage Action has been integral in the rise of the Tea Party.
The Daily Beast: The Group too Radical for Republicans
Denver Post: Coors’ fish-kill accord assailed
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