FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018
ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 900 companies and more than 50,000 employees, has announced its opposition to Proposition 1, which will be on the ballot in Anchorage on April 3.
Proposition 1 would repeal portions of Anchorage’s non-discrimination ordinance, removing protections against discrimination for transgender people.
“The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce believes that passing Proposition 1 would be detrimental to business in the city,” a statement released on Feb. 5 and signed by Chamber President Bruce Bustamante says. “Many conferences and potential new business would be lost due to this discriminatory legislation which would convey the message that Anchorage is not a welcoming city. At a time when all businesses are working to stay competitive and keep workers employed, we simply can’t afford such a discriminatory initiative.”
The statement continues: “Anchorage already has a non-discrimination law in place which was passed in 2015. That law ensures fair and equal treatment for everyone, and we should strive to uphold this standard. Proposition 1 is just not necessary in our city. We can’t afford the negative impacts it would have on our image and our businesses.”
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce joins a growing coalition opposed to Proposition 1. A “no” vote on Proposition 1 will keep the city’s current ordinance in place, protecting everyone from discrimination.
For more information, visit: https://fairanchorage.org
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