Mar 27, 2014
An online love-fest organized by Big PhRMA to support fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership last Friday quickly became an online "no fast track-no TPP" rally, as CWA activists and allies took over the Twitter chat and expressed broad opposition to the trade deal.
CWA alerted allies about the event and activists were ready with tweets, facts about jobs loss and a call to action to stop fast track and TPP. The #Prochat feed was bombarded with charts, statistics, complaints and more. You can view the tweets here.
CWAers tweeted 11 times during the chat, and hashtag #CWAUnion scored ninth overall in highest impact with a reach of 217,266.
We definitely got the attention of U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who just joined Twitter following the PhRMA fiasco. In fact, CWA and lots of allies are welcoming Froman to Twitter today, with messages like : Hey @MikeFroman, welcome to Twitter! Why are we allowing a human rights violator like Vietnam into the #TPP? And Hey @MikeFroman! @USDOL says Vietnam uses "forced child labor in garment production." Why r they in the #TPP?
CWAers, sign up for Twitter if you haven't already. You definitely want to be in on these debates.