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Jun 14 - Worker Shortage Spreads, U.S. Chamber CEO Suzanne Clark calls "tragic"
 

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Suzanne Clark told me for "Axios on HBO" that she finds the Biden administration "easy to talk to. They're easy to reach. They're professional."

"But sometimes they give us bad news very efficiently and quickly," she said with a laugh.

The big picture: The chamber, the world’s largest business lobby, is having success under President Biden on promoting infrastructure spending, but opposes his planned tax increases.

"I think it comes down to having different economic philosophies, right?" she said.

"The American business community believes this is a moment of growth."

Clark, who took over in March as the first woman CEO in the chamber's 109-year history, has made the worker shortage a top issue, and recently launched a program she calls "Operation Warp Speed for jobs."

"Look, this is the biggest economic challenge of our time," she said.

"I went to Rehoboth over the weekend, took my teenager to the beach. And the number of restaurants, the number of small businesses that have restricted their hours, that aren't serving lunch, or aren't open at all because of the workforce shortage is tragic."

I asked Clark: In the past when people thought of the Chamber of Commerce, they thought of a boys' club, and now you're the boss. What's it been like to be in so many rooms full of white middle-aged dudes?

"Well, you know, I'm married to a white middle-aged dude, so they're kind of my people," she joked.

But she said the conversation now is that "as the world gets more diverse, ... what it's like to have all of these rooms open up. And there is strength in diversity."

"I think the Chamber has a long way to go," she added, "particularly in getting more Black and brown people to work here."
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 2 months ago '07        #2
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business people are funny, they kinda understand the need to provide the illusion of quality and value in order to finesse people into buying their products and services, ie: people have to want what you have if you want to sell it for money

but somehow, there's a disconnect when you transfer that concept up the ladder, owning or managing a business doesn't mean society is now indebted to you and has an obligation to help you rip people off and get rich

if you want people to work for you, you need to create an environment that attracts people, instead of just banking on these stupid people to come to you for rent and food money

you know how i know the narrative of this shortage is bullsh*t and a direct result of horrible workplaces? i have a friend who owns a restaurant in NY, he has no shortage at all of employees

in fact, he has a small waiting list of people trying to get back in once business gets back to pre-COVID levels, on top of that, he gets regular calls and inquiries from diners about openings

but he's a strange business owner, he wants a great environment first, top quality right next to it and he doesn't need to squeeze every penny and employee like a juicer
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 2 months ago '19        #5
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Too many people figured out there are other opportunities to get paid without working a slave wage.

I was lucky enough to get a good amount of raises during the pandemic because my employer couldn't find people willing to work and we already made good salarys.
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There is no worker shortage. There are plenty of available workers. There's a shortage of economically attractive employment opportunities
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 2 months ago '04        #7
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 Boogersugar said
There is no worker shortage. There are plenty of available workers. There's a shortage of economically attractive employment opportunities
This!

 2 months ago '15        #8
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 Boogersugar said
There is no worker shortage. There are plenty of available workers. There's a shortage of economically attractive employment opportunities
Props.

They really trying to finesse the wording, doubt they'd ever come out and say it like this.
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 2 months ago '17        #9
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Pay people a living wage and they'll gladly go back.
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