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The Business Roundtable is the leading association representing the interests of big business in the United States. Founded in 1972, the Roundtable derives its strength from its organizational structure. As opposed to most other Washington, D.C.–based industry and trade associations, the Roundtable maintains a very small staff. Its policies and activities are driven by its membership—in this case, chief executive officers (CEOs) of 150 to 200 of the largest corporations in the United States.

The Roundtable was the result of a merger of three other big business associations. The Construction Users Anti-Inflation Roundtable and the Labor Law Study Group represented major U.S. corporations in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the foremost concerns of big business were the increasing costs of labor (particularly in ...

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