Choosing the side of family businesses
“If I get a bonus, everybody gets a bonus. If one of us struggles, we all pitch in. We’re like family.”
Huntington Steel has been family owned and operated since 1908. Current owner Mike Emerson is preparing to pass the company on to the 6th generation. In 111 years, they’ve laid off only 4 people. Every two months, they do a company cookout.
Companies like Huntington Steel—locally-owned, family-operated, providing middle class jobs—are dying. Monopolies buy them out, drive down wages, and cut jobs. The wealth that used to stay in local economies and on the pockets of workers instead end up boosting the bottom lines of shareholders in Denver and Dubai.
It’s a rigged game, with high stakes. Mike’s competitors have a stranglehold on government. Corporate Democrats pretend to support unions. Corporate Republicans pretend to support small businesses. At the end of the day, they both back the interests of big business.
We won’t be fooled. 9 times out of 10, unions and small businesses have a common enemy. If we team up, we can build an economy that keeps our wealth and middle class jobs here in West Virginia. We can be the first state in the country to rig our economy in favor of local businesses and workers — instead of their competitors.