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Through the CalChamber’s issue-based coalitions, members have a vehicle for direct action. Each coalition is an opportunity for industry peers and concerned individuals to gain strength in numbers.

To join a coalition contact: Deanna Tibbett at (916) 444-6670.

Economic Development

California Trade Coalition (CalTrade)
A collection of trade- and freight-related industries operating throughout California that actively seeks to re-establish California’s competitiveness as the lead gateway for international trade. Supports port infrastructure investment, higher trade volumes, intermodal congestion relief and the construction, longshore, trucking, warehousing and logistics jobs that go with it.

Employment

California Employers Coalition
Comprised of employers and employer association representatives, CEC reviews and comments directly on issues that affect the employer/employee relationship. This coalition is the consensus voice of California employers to the state Legislature and state agency boards regarding the impact of proposed laws and regulations on businesses.
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

California Heat Illness Prevention Coalition
Represents the views of California employers to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board in the form of written comments and testimony regarding potential impacts proposed regulations on heat illness prevention might have on California businesses and their workers.
Staff Contact: Marti Fisher

Coalition for California Jobs
Protecting and creating jobs in California through economic growth and job creation.
Staff Contact: Jeanne Cain

Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN)
A statewide, broad-based coalition representing California employers, insurers and brokers/agents on issues relating to the state’s workers’ compensation system. WCAN educates policymakers, the media and members of the general business community on problems affecting the efficiency, fairness and cost of the system for employers and injured workers and helps build the public case for specific legislative or regulatory reforms to improve the system.

California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC)
Works to repair California’s high-cost and litigious workers’ compensation system. CCWC is a statewide coalition of public and private employers, both large and small, representing more than 250 employers and numerous trade associations.

Environment

Green Chemistry Alliance
A collection of trade associations and businesses that are working to ensure effective implementation of the California Green Chemistry Program that was authorized by AB 1879 (Feuer; D-Los Angeles, 2008) and SB 509 (Simitian; D-Palo Alto, 2008). The goal of the alliance is to ensure that the Green Chemistry Program is implemented in a way that allows for maximum environmental benefit and minimizes the economic impacts.
Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey

Proposition 65 Coalition
A coalition of more than 200 industry groups and individual businesses working together to ensure that Proposition 65 is not misused by individual attorneys who use the law solely for personal financial gain. The coalition reviews, comments, and testifies on regulatory and legislative developments related to Proposition 65 warning requirements, chemical listings, compliance issues, and litigation reform.
Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey

The Thursday Group
Seeks to promote an agenda that strikes a reasonable balance between economic growth and environmental protection. The goal of the Thursday Group is to encourage California decision-makers to work with the group to strike a reasonable compromise between the impact of legislation on California’s economy and environmental protection.
Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey

Health

Californians for Affordable Health Reform (CAHR)
Promotes health care reform that reduces costs, increases access, improves care and avoids employer mandates.
Staff Contact: Jeanne Cain

Information

Alliance for Fair Information Practices
Promotes the balance between protecting personal privacy and the economic and social benefits derived from information practices involving the collection and use of personally identifiable, demographic, credit, financing, transaction and medical information.
Staff Contact: Jeanne Cain

Privacy Coalition
A coalition of businesses working together to ensure that privacy laws are reasonable, effective and balanced. The group reviews legislation regarding personal information, data collection, data security and Internet privacy measures.
Staff Contact: Jeanne Cain

International

Alliance for Fair Trade with India
The Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI) represents major sectors of the U.S. economy in support of increased action to resolve discriminatory trade practices, including the erosion of intellectual property (IP) rights in India. India’s growing unfair trade practices risk a trade relationship worth more than $60 billion in 2012 and raise troubling questions about India’s compliance with its international trade obligations. See www.aftindia.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade
Promotes a comprehensive transatlantic trade and investment agreemen with the European Union, America’s largest international economic partner, to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers, improve regulatory compatibility, and liberalize investment, services and procurement. To join the coalition, visit: www.transatlantictrade.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

California Coalition for Free Trade
A broad-based group of companies and business organizations working to secure a national free trade agenda. In joining the coalition, we will include your company’s or association’s name on the rapidly growing list of members at no cost. We will keep you apprised of our international activities and bring to your attention ways that you can be supportive of the free trade agenda.
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Current Coalition Membership
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

See CalChamber’s California Coalition for Free Trade page for information on previous letter campaigns.

Discover America Partnership (DAP)
A diverse coalition of industries and associations whose work depends on safe and efficient inbound international travel. The DAP is a lobbying and grassroots campaign to advance visa and entry reforms to enable the United States to regain our historical share of the booming world travel market. www.discoveramericapartnership.org
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Federation of International Trade Associations
Founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission. For further information, visit: www.fita.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Trade Benefits America
The Trade Benefits America Coalition includes a wide range of associations and companies dedicated to the pursuit of U.S. international trade agreements that benefit American businesses, farmers, workers and consumers. See www.TradeBenefitsAmerica.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Trade Works for US
U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched 2017 website to serve as a one-stop shop for national and state-specific trade information, survey results, and advocacy tools. http://tradeworksforus.com
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
USCIB promotes American business views and solutions on a wide range of issues – from telecommunications to e-commerce to labor relations – directly to U.S. and international policy makers. USCIB works tirelessly to harmonize international trade and commercial practices, promoting practical services to business such as international commercial arbitration and the ATA Carnet for temporary duty-free imports. For more information, visit: www.uscib.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

USA * Engage
A broad-based coalition launched in 1997 representing U.S. business and agriculture. This coalition is an effort to encourage policymakers at the federal, state and local levels to seek more effective ways of reacting to objectionable actions and policies of foreign governments other than by imposing unilateral economic sanctions. To learn more, visit www.usaengage.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Waterfront Coalition
A group of concerned business interests representing shippers, transportation providers and others in the transportation supply chain committed to educate policy makers and the public about the economic importance of ports, and to promote the most efficient and technologically advanced ports for the 21st century. For further information, visit: www.portmod.org.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Western Hemisphere Task Force
Reporting to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the task force focuses on efforts to enhance the competitiveness and economically integrate the Western Hemisphere (e.g., through the free trade agreements such as NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, and bilateral agreements with Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Panama). It regularly contributes to policy advocacy on topics including counterfeiting and piracy, trade facilitation, and respect for contracts and private property.  For more information, visit: www.uschamber.com/western-hemisphere-task-force-0.
Staff Contact: Susanne Stirling

Legal and Regulatory Reform

Advancing Disability Access Coalition (ADA Coalition)
Promotes statewide efforts to facilitate better compliance with disability access laws, to encourage resolution of access issues without litigation, and to reduce the use of litigation as a means of seeking monetary profit rather than improved access. calchamber.com/ada
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

Regulatory Oversight and Accountability Reform (ROAR) Coalition
Focuses on legislation that will help improve California’s business climate so as to attract new investment and grow jobs. A crucial first step in achieving that goal is fixing our burdensome, inefficient and uncertain regulatory environment. The coalition seeks more oversight of government bureaucracies, credible economic impact analyses of regulations, and the streamlining or elimination of outdated or inefficient regulations.
Staff Contact: Marti Fisher