Apparently my last blog post has stuck a nerve at the big Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce office in downtown Madison. A Chamber director forwarded me an email that WMC sent around to all the local Chambers in the state in response, and it includes this delightful tidbit from WMC Foundation president Jim Morgan: “I know 12 of you were in a position to endorse right-to-work.”
What I love about this is the fact that WMC frantically spent a day last week beating the bushes, trying to find a Chamber — any Chamber — that would be willing to side with them on this. And they could only find twelve.
Getting a Chamber of Commerce board to endorse a policy proposal is a long and involved process. Many Chambers state in their bylaws that they will not take a stand on political issues at all. That was my point in writing the article.
Twelve Chambers of Commerce does not make a mandate. The vast majority of Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce are not asking for “right to work.” Nor are they asking to privatize our public schools or change prevailing wage laws, and WMC is misleading lawmakers and the public when it claims to represent them in these matters.
WMC should either start representing local Chambers of Commerce legitimately or stop claiming to be the voice of Wisconsin business.