Even though it’s obvious that Chamber “Chief Executive” Tom Flavin was brought in to help push a “business friendly” agenda in town — one that better reflects the goals of the national lobbying group — he might want to note that this effort could easily conflict with the needs and desires of his own flock…
Here’s the story. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) – the people who exposed ALEC – obtained a confidential poll and webinar done by LuntzGlobal, the polling firm of prominent GOP pollster Frank Luntz, for Chamber of Commerce lobbyists.
The Council of State Chambers (COSC) commissioned Frank Luntz’ firm LuntzGlobal to poll members and potential members, and found they overwhelmingly support progressive policies. The poll of 1,000 local, state and national top senior corporate executives who are either current or prospective Chamber members found that business executives overwhelmingly support progressive policies. Some of the poll results:
● 80 percent of current or prospective Chamber members support raising their state’s minimum wage – only eight percent opposed it,
● 73 percent support paid sick days,
● 78 percent support predictive scheduling policies,
● 72 percent support increased maternity leave time,
● and 82 percent support increased paternity leave time, among other policies.
What did the Chamber do after learning that their members support these policies? In response, the Chamber had Luntz’ firm instruct lobbyists on messaging to use to defeat policies their own members support.
“This webinar reveals just how deeply corporate interests and their lobbyists are influencing the priorities of state Chambers of Commerce, even when that agenda contradicts the opinions of their local business members,” said Lisa Graves, executive director of CMD. “Rather than listening to its members and crafting a policy agenda that reflects their priorities, Chamber lobbyists pick their policy positions behind closed doors and then figure out how to convince their members to fall in line.”
The Washington Post had their own take on the story:
Whenever minimum wage increases are proposed on the state or federal level, business groups tend to fight them tooth and nail. But actual opposition may not be as united as the groups’ rhetoric might make it appear, according to internal research conducted by a leading consultant for state chambers of commerce.
The survey of 1,000 business executives across the country was conducted by LuntzGlobal, the firm run by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, and obtained by a liberal watchdog group called the Center for Media and Democracy. … Among the most interesting findings: 80 percent of respondents said they supported raising their state’s minimum wage, while only eight percent opposed it.
Btw, if we’d had to rely upon our own gutless city council there would have been no possibility of a higher minimum wage in Burbank. Even the Times’ own Dan Evans made fun of the fact that — compared to LA’s efforts — both Burbank and Glendale were obviously committed to making these two towns a haven for low-wage employers. Glendale was actually proud of it.
Fortunately, the Dems in Sacramento solved this problem last month by raising the state minimum to $15 in a few years. So tough shit.
Flavin’s going to have his hands full in trying to spread this big-growth business gospel. It’s a desperation move to have him come back of course, so expect plenty of future bloodshed. The big money’s getting worried.