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U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports anti-union agenda

02.20.11

FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports anti-union agenda

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION- January 22nd- The United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue is cautionsly optimistic about the state of the economy and has outlined a four-point plan to put jobless Americans back to work which includes passing more free trade agreements favorable to international corporations and weakening American labor laws and “beating-up” on public sector unions.

In his annual statement Mr. Donohue suggest the economy began in 2011 in a lot better shape than in 2010. “The state of American business is improving. While the recovery may be picking up steam, it is fragile and uneven. There are many unanswered questions that must be addressed before companies will start aggressively hiring. Over the next year, the Chamber’s number one priority will be to turn this economic recovery into a jobs recovey so that we can start putting Americans back to work,” stated Mr. Donohue.

Mr. Donohue outlined four immediate priorities that the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, will address to boost America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

The business federation proposed in their own language:

• Regulatory restraint and reform; Work to reform the regulatory process, to restore some badly needed balance, restraint, and common sense. We will also start up a new group to tell the story to the American people, (buy advertising in the media) about the massive costs of excessive regulations on jobs and their personal and economic freedom, (meaning labor unions).

• Expanding American trade; Work to pass the pending free trade agreements and launch a major initiative to educate citizens and policymakers on trade that will clearly link global engagement to American jobs.

• Rebuilding our economic platform; Rebuild America’s economic foundation, the platform our society runs on. Roads, bridges, rail and mass transit networks, airports, and air transport systems must be modernized. Broadband capacity, power generation, and water supplies must be expanded. We can create jobs, reduce our trade and budget deficits and increase our own security by developing all forms of alternative, renewable, and traditional energy. We will also commence a new project to outline what our nation must do to create and secure a 21st century global supply chain and logistics system.

• Reducing deficits and debt; Support congressional efforts to lower spending. We will make the case for entitlement reform as any plan that fails to tackle these runaway programs is doomed to fail. We will also support efforts by Republican and Democratic governors to challenge public employee unions and their excessive payroll, and retirement demands.

“The Chamber is examining, in a factual and objective way, the actions by our government and the actions by the business community that are either moving us forward in the global economy or holding us back. We’ll then compare this analysis to what our competitors are doing with the goal of identifying the major factors that shape the decisions of job creators, innovators, and investors, to pinpoint our strengths so that we can build on them and our weaknesses so that we can fix them,” Mr. Donohue continued.

“No one should expect the Chamber to march in lock step with anyone else’s agenda but our own. And our agenda is simple. We will continue to win important policy victories for the business community, and advance the free enterprise system,” Mr. Donohue added.

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