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CONTACT: Bob Funk, Communications Director
RELEASE: Helena Area Chamber of Commerce pledge “is exactly what’s wrong with politics”
(Helena, Mont.) – News broke yesterday that the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce urged candidates for Helena City Council to sign a radical policy pledge. The Chamber demanded candidates “agree with all ten positions” outlined in the document, which is attached to this release.
The seventh core position read, “The Chamber believes in the ability of market forces to set wages and benefit levels. We encourage workers to further job skill levels to increase value in workplace and increase their salary levels. We oppose mandated increases to the minimum wage level or the creation of livable wage legislation.”
Today, Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO, which represents over 50,000 working Montanans and their families, released the following statement regarding the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce’s pledge:
“This pledge is exactly what’s wrong with politics and appears to mirror the kind of pledges being pushed by national groups like ALEC. It’s radical and betrays the spirit of compromise that many Montanans hold dear. Working people are struggling to make ends meet because their pay remains stagnant while the cost of living continues to rise. That’s why a majority of Americans and Montanans actually support raising the minimum. The Helena Area Chamber’s hardliner pledge flies in the face of the will of the voters.
We’re glad to see that three out of five candidates refused to sign the pledge.”