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PIRGs, U.S.PIRG, NELC and FFPIR: a little Q&A...
19 Jan 2001
Have you ever been PIRGed, NELCed or FFPIRed? Are you a PIRGer right now!? If so, perhaps you could update us on the CURRENT state of things in the world of highly bureaucratic quasi-grassroots reformist-oriented fundraising organizations…
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Former PIRGer
20 Jan 2001
I worked for MARYPirg (Maryland Public blah blah blah) a few years ago and it was a great experience. I made around 350 dollars a week (more than enough to cover my needs) and felt like i was doing some fairly good work. They are definately not for everyone, and they probably aren't even for me any longer, but they aren't as bad as you make them out to sound
Philly Telefundraisers are organizing
20 Jan 2001
Thanks so much for your explanation of how the PIRGs are structured. In November I attended a meeting of IWW organizers and the telefundraisers in the Philadelphia office. It was difficult for me to comprehend how the PIRGs are organized and managed, but one thing was crystal clear: the workers are *very* unhappy.

The Boston office keeps a tight rein on the whole operation, even to the point where the Philadelphia office has to wait for Boston to send a check so they can buy postage stamps. Sometimes they run out of stamps, and followup letters don't go on time. Since compensation is partially based on actual dollars collected, the workers lose pay, through no fault of their own.

Perhaps Mr. Nader has limited control over the PIRGs, but he could actively support the organizing campaign. If he publicly shamed the PIRGs into allowing workers to organize, and actually helped them to organize, the PIRGs would have to go along, whether they liked it or not.

I urge anyone who is interested in this campaign, especially PIRG workers in any of the various units, to contact the IWW's national office at

Industrial Workers of the World
P.O. Box 13476
Philadelphia, PA 19101
tel: 215-763-1274
email: ghq (at)

In Solidarity,
Jim Ellsworth
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