October 18, 2022


The following opinion was authored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley and Alaska AFL-CIO President Joelle Hall.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) have a history of not necessarily agreeing on much.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization. Our members range from small businesses to some of the largest businesses in the world. We advocate for policies that help businesses create jobs and grow our economy. We believe in the ability of American businesses to improve lives, solve problems, and strengthen society.

The Alaska AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in Alaska. Our members represent 50,000 working people and more than 50 affiliated unions across the state. We advocate for policies that create good jobs, strengthen Social Security and private pensions, ensure fair tax policies and the strong advocacy for our working people. We believe in the ability of the working people’s voice to create safe and equitable workplaces, enhance economic justice and strengthen society.

Together, our memberships represent the largest congregations of businesses of all sizes and workforces of essentially all trades and careers across the state. Naturally, we frequently find ourselves on opposite sides of political issues working through our conflicts to find that compromise which serves both business and labor alike.

It’s pretty easy for both of us to say that there aren’t many issues or candidates that we fully agree on. The exception to this rule is Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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