May 18, 2010

Small business owners believe strong unions help business

This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Small Business Summit. The Chamber has a long record of lobbying against unions and labor law reform, and the group relies heavily on the tired excuse that unions hurt small businesses. Well, it turns out the small business owners of America don't actually believe that! American Rights at Work has just released a new survey of over 1,000 small business owners and self-employed individuals, and the results show small business owners and entrepreneurs are by and large in favor of workers' rights.

Some highlights from the survey results:
  • 58% strongly agreed that "labor unions are necessary to protect the working person."
  • 69% said it was very important to their business that "Congress enact legislation that rewards responsible employers who respect their workers' right to join a union."
  • 72% strongly agreed that "a good business person can make a profit AND respect their workers' choice to form a union."
  • 82% strongly agreed that "it's morally wrong for employers to fire or threaten employees for wanting to form a union."
  • 54% of self-identified small business owners and self-employed Americans surveyed strongly agreed that "strong unions make the free market system stronger," with over 80% of respondents in agreement overall.
You can read the full study here, but the bottom line in, small business owners aren't buying the Chamber's anti-worker rhetoric! They know that unions are good for workers, good for our economy, and good for our country. Or, in the words of a Virginia small business owner: "Unions lift workers and workers lift the economy. It’s as simple as that."

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