Asheville Chamber of Commerce Against Employee Free Choice ActBy
I’m in favor of expanding organized labor’s ability to fight for higher wages, workplace safety, and family-friendly benefits. The Asheville Chamber of Commerce? Not so much.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has new website dedicated to legislative action. It’s a good looking site, and progressives could really use something similar. You can experience Act For Asheville‘s user-friendly utility at their top legislative agenda item:
“The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a.k.a. “Card Check” poses a huge threat for business.”
For years the US Chamber of Commerce has been hammering Heath Shuler for his support of EFCA. They’ve put millions of dollars into fighting against this legislation. The Chamber is known for spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis.Â On the other side of the coin, the AFL-CIO has been pouring millions into seeing EFCA pass. Stewart Acuff at Huffington Post writes:
The Labor Movement is determined to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to restore the freedom of workers to form unions and bargain collectively, to end 30 years of stagnant and declining wages, to strengthen and deepen the middle class and to end the corporate assault on workers when they try to form unions.
Corporations and their right wing allies want to preserve an increasingly untenable status quo: union busting, rampant retaliation against workers trying to organize, the greatest inequity in the U.S. since 1929, a declining and shrinking middle class, an economic crisis created in part by a severe lack of consumer demand, growing poverty, and a severe health care crisis
Business PACs not only gave nearly five times more in campaign contributions than labor PACs did in the last election cycle ($365.1 million versus $77.9 million, including contributions to leadership PACs) they are backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $144.4 million on lobbying efforts in the 2007-2008 election cycle, or more than $400,000 for every day Congress was in session.
Given all the blowback from the Asheville Chamber’s endorsement of I-26 Connector Alternative 3, it’s somewhat surprising to see them putting their public face on this issue. Chamber members who pay their dues are subsidizing the fight against workers’ rights whether they like it or not.
To contact your legislators in support of EFCA copy and paste these emails:
Senator_Hagan@hagan.senate.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org (Shuler’s office)
Senator Burr doesn’t have a direct email addy listed, so use his contact form instead.