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15 September, 2023

Business lobbyists complain exploited autoworkers are on strike: Follow the money.

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Business lobbyists complain that exploited autoworkers are on strike.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a lobbying group complains that exploited autoworkers are on strike.

What is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Who funds the Chmaber? Who are its members? How much have its members paid in violations related to environmental, wage theft, hour, safety, discrimination, price-fixing? Follow the money behind the corporate greed, lobbying and violations with this map.

Follow the money behind the lobbying, corporate greed and violations at the Big Three Automakers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"Major business group, GOP blames Biden for UAW strike" -Politico

"Public Citizen’s analysis of data from Violation Tracker, which compiles enforcement data, found that:

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fears law enforcement against corporate wrongdoers because its ranks are filled with corporate wrongdoers. After the FTC announced plans to pursue much more aggressive enforcement against law-breaking corporations, the Chamber claimed such action would amount to a “war against American businesses” and vowed to respond with every tool it has.
  • The 111 known U.S. Chamber member corporations have violated state and federal law at least 15,895 times and racked up penalties totaling over $154 billion since 2000. All of the known Chamber members (the Chamber does not disclose its members) have paid penalties for misdeeds.
  • The U.S. Chamber represents wage thieves. More than half of the known Chamber members have records of wage and hour violations, which collectively total 284 violations requiring payment of $119 million in penalties." - Public Citizen

The U.S. Chamber represents big corporations, with the vast majority of its funding coming from a small number of them. While the Chamber keeps its full corporate membership list secret, Public Citizen research and corporate disclosures compiled by the Center for Political Accountability reveal 111 companies that gave at least $39 million to the organization between 2015 and 2019. (See full spreadsheet of Violation Tracker records of U.S. Chamber member companies identified by the Center for Political Accountability and Public Citizen.)

Regulatory Violators and Lawbreakers

Violation Tracker is a database of corporate misconduct. It covers banking, consumer protection, false claims, environmental, wage & hour, safety, discrimination, price-fixing, and other cases resolved by federal regulatory agencies and all parts of the Justice Department since 2000 -- plus cases from state attorneys general and selected state and local regulatory agencies. In all, we have 565,000 civil and criminal cases from more than 400 agencies with total penalties of $964 billion. We also cover selected types of class action lawsuits. 

Violation Tracker is produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First. Send questions or comments to Philip Mattera.  

TakeAway: Follow the money to understand Big 3 Automakers' corporate greed, lobbying campaigns and violations.

Deepak
DemLabs

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UAW strike demands - MSU Today

  • Eliminate tiers on wages and benefits. Currently, domestic automakers have a tiered wage system in which those in the first tier earn about $28 per hour, while those hired after 2007 are in the second tier and earn about $16 to $19 per hour. The number of second-tier workers is growing, which is fueling this contract demand.
  • Increase wages by 46% over four years
  • Restore cost-of-living allowances
  • Establish a defined benefit pension for all workers
  • Reestablish retiree medical benefits
  • Ensure the right to strike over plant closures
  • Create a working family protection program
  • Make all temporary workers permanent
  • Institute more paid time off
  • Significantly increase retiree pay
  • Possibly institute a 32-hour work week
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