On Tuesday, February 3, the NC Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as NCCBI - NC Citizens for Business and Industry), will hosts its government affairs conference in Raleigh. State legislative and government leaders will attend and speak.
What is offensive is that this organization under the new leadership of a Mr. Lew Ebert (previously of Kansas and Pennsylvania) opposed the recently passed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
While most small businesses may not be members of the statewide NC Chamber, many local chambers of commerce throughout the state affiliate with this organization. People at the local level should urge their local chambers of commerce to express their disbelief that the formerly well-respected NC Chamber has sunk to the new low of opposing equal pay for women in the workplace.
When you see the leadership of this organization, ask them why they opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Ask them to explain to the women business owners, workers and legislators they court, how they can stoop to this level.
While NCCBI in its former incarnation took positions most on this site would disagree with, it truly astounds me that the new NC Chamber publicly took this stance on the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and then last week send an email blast to members and affiliated local chambers declaring that passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would harm the citizenry.
Contact your local chambers of commerce - especially their Government Affairs contact person, and express your displeasure with this markedly dark new direction of what used to be a more moderate organization when it was NCCBI.
Even pro-business moderates and conservatives could get behind the Lilly Ledbetter Act. What are these folks running the revised NC Chamber going to do next?
I hope the elected leaders attending the NC Chamber's confab on Tuesday will call them out on this outrageous stance.