Monday, September 10, 2007
Consumer advocates say the public will hear more from the National Consumers League after longtime consumer protection lawyer Sally Greenberg steps in as executive director Oct. 1. As senior product safety counsel at Consumers Union for the past 10 years, Greenberg, 53, has pressed business executives and public officials about hazards to children such as back-over accidents and lead in toys. She is scheduled to testify this week at Senate hearings on toy safety.
Greenberg is expected to raise the profile of the organization, which was founded by suffragist Florence Kelley in 1899 to lobby for worker protections such as the minimum wage and anti-child-labor laws. In recent years the 5,000-member group has focused on labor conditions abroad and other consumer issues such as phishing.
"With her at the helm of NCL, the consumer movement will get a great big shot of adrenaline," said Pamela Gilbert, who was executive director of the Consumer Product Safety Commission during the Clinton administration.
-- Annys Shin