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Chamber Defections Cast Shadow Over Latest Effort

Already unions are taking issue with the chamber’s jobs push. While Donohue said the chamber would be willing to work with unions to try to create more jobs, groups like the Service Employees International Union are fighting back, saying the chamber, and Donohue in particular, has done everything in its power to implement policies that have caused Americans to lose jobs.

SEIU’s Anna Burger said the chamber is advocating a policy that is not good for workers or the members of the chamber, including spending $2 million against consumer protection policy and $10 million against the Employee Free Choice Act.

“They have demonstrated time after time under Tom Donohue that they don’t think workers should have a voice,” Burger said.

Correction: Oct. 15, 2009

The article incorrectly stated that Duke Energy Corp. had left the Chamber of Commerce.

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