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|Labor Group Releases New Small Business Owner Survey As Chamber Small Business Summit Begins|
Kimberly Freeman Brown: "We are learning that small business owners across America support the rights of employees to organize unions"
WASHINGTON, DC— The same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce begins
its annual Small Business Summit, American Rights at Work released
surprising results from its survey of 1,055 Americans who identify
themselves as small business owners or self-employed individuals.
"Small business leaders," said Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive
Director of American Rights at Work, "are showing us that there is a
path to a 'win-win' economy in America. Employers and workers can both
generate success and share in the rewards of their hard work together."
Freeman Brown continued, "We are learning that small business owners
across America support the rights of employees to organize unions,
believing not only that it makes good business sense, but also that
strong unions make the free market system stronger."
Furthermore, and contrary to Chamber of Commerce ideology:
Almost identical results were also found among self-described
politically Independent small business owners, including:
As one politically Independent small retail business owner in Virginia
said, "When workers form unions, they can secure benefits and rights in
the workplace including a decent wage and health care. They have
economic and job stability. Unions lift workers and workers lift the
economy. It’s as simple as that."
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American Rights at Work – http://www.americanrightsatwork.org – is the nation's leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.
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