Tim Scott: More to C&S story than Richard Cohen’s great wealth
To the editor:
Why would the Gazette print (above the fold) a public relations piece from Bloomberg News about C&S Wholesale Grocers and its billionaire chairman, Richard Cohen?
By printing this advertisement disguised as a news story — a growing phenomenon and symptom of the death of journalism — our community newspaper is choosing to bypass journalistic integrity to celebrate corporate greed over public interests, particularly during a time of unparalleled economic inequality.
The Gazette could have seized upon the opportunity to use it as a basis to expose the fact that while C&S is reaping record profits, it is also a company known for its exploitive dog-eat-dog labor practices (a major contributor to Cohen’s outrageous wealth). The article references the company’s success being based in its model of labor “efficiency” which is code for squeezing the most work out of a workforce with little to no regard for their material and personal well-being.
These practices are resulting in a growing number of legal charges and lawsuits by C&S workers and labor unions. These accessible facts are overwhelmingly supported by the numerous and never reported personal testimonies I have heard over the years from friends, neighbors and clients who have worked at the C&S distribution center in Hatfield. It seems the Gazette is only interested in promoting the myth of a virtuous corporation and its chairman at the expense of critically examining the brutal labor practices that are responsible for the company’s “success.”