Groups in Opposition to Liquor Privatization

Dozens of statewide and national organizations, as well as community groups in every corner of the Commonwealth are in opposition to privatizing the sale of liquor in Pennsylvania and for good reason.

Privatizing PA's Wine and Spirits Stores would put our communities at risk, destroy 5,000 family-sustaining jobs and jeopardize $700 million in revenues that benefit ALL Pennsylvanians. Groups opposed to privatization include: 

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • PA FOP
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • The PA DUI Association
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Pennsylvanians Concerned About Alcohol Problems
  • United Methodist Advocacy of Pennsylvania
  • Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • Pennsylvania Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Pennsylvania NAACP
  • Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
  • Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
  • Malt Beverage Distributors Association
  • PA Beer Alliance
  • United Food Commercial Workers Union
  • Independent State Store Union
  • Coalition of Labor Engaged for Accountable Revenue (CLEAR)
  • The Better Choices Coalition
  • AFSCME District Council 47
  • AFSCME Council 13
  • PSEA
  • PA Professional Firefighters
  • SEIU
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • AFT Pennsylvania
  • PA Police Chiefs Association
  • The Brewers of Pennsylvania
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Philadelphia City Council
  • Erie City Council
  • The Council of Islamic Organizations of Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
  • The Philadelphia Unemployment Project
  • The Women's Community Revitalization Project
  • The US Centers for Disease Control Community Preventive Services Task 

These organizations are not alone in where they stand on the issue of privatization.  A majority of Pennsylvania voters now oppose privatization, according to independent polling. The F&M poll showed privatization of liquor ranked 10th out of 11 of the list of issues Pennsylvanians care about.  

The poll also found that 57 percent of the state's registered voters believe the state-owned liquor stores should continue as they are (31 percent) or be modernized (26 percent), while only 37 percent think they should be turned over to the private sector.

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  June 22, 2013 5:49pm

PLCB-it's not BROKE, don't fix it!!
  June 25, 2013 10:40am

Plcb- continue as you are! You all do a great job, keep up the good work and let's focus on getting rid of tommy boy.......