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Geneva convenes: COPOLCO or Committee on Consumer Safety

This week, I’ve been in Geneva with an international group of consumer experts and advocates who are members of COPOLCO, or the Committee on Consumer Policy. COPOLCO is the consumer component of the International Standards Organization or ISO. I serve as Vice Chair of the U.S. consumer entity—within the American National Standard Institute, which is the official American member of ISO—and am here representing ANSI, along with my product safety mentor and former Consumer Union colleague, Dr. David Pittle. 

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Stopping robocalls takes a village

breyault.jpgRemember the days when dinner was routinely interrupted by a phone call from someone trying to sell something? If you had a phone in your house before 2003, chances are that any time the phone rang in the evening it was likely to be a telemarketer on the other end of the line. Unsurprisingly, all those unwanted phone calls generated significant consumer outrage.

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NCL proud of Treasury choice to place Harriet Tubman on new $20 bill

SG_HEADSHOT.jpgThe National Consumers League (NCL) applauds U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s decision to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. We had campaigned for our pioneering early leader, Florence Kelley (who we affectionately call “FK”), to be the first woman on U.S. paper currency. But, I believe that Kelley herself would have been delighted with this decision. Here’s why… 

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cracks down on phony student loan assistance scams

SG-headshot.jpgIn the aftermath of the subprime loan crash of 2008, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. With that Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who was a law professor at the time, conceived the idea for the bureau and compared the need for such an agency to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which helps protect consumers from dangerous products. In the Bureau’s case, she argued, the new entity would help guarantee the safety of financial products. The National Consumers League (NCL) strongly supported the CFPB’s launch and its value is demonstrated with every passing day. 

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Quartz countertops posing threat to workers

Worker health and safety is perennial issue in America. NCL’s early leaders, Florence Kelley and Frances Perkins, fought for safety in mines, mills, and factories Both lived through the tragedy of the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire in 1911. Indeed, Perkins was instrumental in developing fire safety reforms with New York State officials in the aftermath of that terrible event. 

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