Jan 30, 2014
Around the country, CWA activists have joined with Sierra Club, Green Peace, Food and Water Watch, Common Cause and other allies to pressure Congress to vote NO on "fast track" authorization for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Last week, we gave you some of the highlights.
Here are more highlights of our events:
CWA Local 9408 members joined community activists, the Sierra Club and labor council members in Fresno to call on the Rep. Jim Costa (D) to oppose fast track legislation.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D) joined labor union and community leaders in the fight against the TPP. Bill Henderson of CWA Local 1298 cited trade agreements like the TPP as the reason for outsourcing and the closing of manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
CWA Colorado Political Director Dave Felice was a guest speaker at the rally conducted by Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center at the office of Rep. Jared Polis (D) in Boulder. About 30 peace and justice advocates, environmentalists, and religious participated in the rally, while eight of the activists went inside and had sit-down meeting with Polis' district director. Courtesy of chrisgoodwin/desrowVISUALS.
Local activists organized a press conference with Rep. Jan Schakowsky in Chicago, warning against the corporate attack on worker rights, U.S. sovereignty, collective bargaining and government transparency. Watch the press conference, which also features CWA District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton, here.
CWA District 4 Representative Ron Honse meets with Rep. Bill Foster (D) about TPP and fast track.
CWAers rally in Indiana against fast tack.
CWA Minnesota State Council President Mona Meyer and a group of CWA members meeting with the office of Rep. Erik Paulsen (R).
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joined local businesses and community leaders to speak out against the Tran Pacific Partnership, focusing on the economic and consumer safety impact on the Hudson Valley. Watch the event here.
Rep. Tim Bishop joined local labor and environmental leaders to highlight the impact of the agreement on the middle class, and warned against the outsourcing and widespread job losses that would result. Check out CWA Local 1108 Executive Vice President Michael Gendron's speech here.
CWA Locals 1111 and 1170 organized a press conference with the labor community, elected officials, and community activists to call on Congress to reject fast track trade.
Rep. Dan Maffei (D) met with labor, environmental, progressive and consumer group leaders in Syracuse to oppose TPP saying it "threatens to ship jobs overseas and weaken critical protections for workers and consumers."
CWA Local 1111 members and congressional candidate Martha Robertson braved frigid temperatures to protest Republican Rep. Tom Reed's support for fast track legislation.
CWAers meet with the staff of Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R), asking that the congressman put a letter together stating that he is not in favor of the fast tracking of the TPP.
CWAers meet with the staff of Rep. Joyce Beatty (D), and presenting a thank you card to the congresswoman \ for supporting labor and writing a letter stating that we need to stock fast track and make the TPP more transparent.
CWAers make a thank you visit to Sen. Sherrod Brown's office in Cleveland.
CWA leaders in Texas joined members of Locals 6143, 6137, the Sierra Club and Citizens Trade Campaign activists in carrying the "no TPP" message in the city's Martin Luther King march. Some 120,000 participants were on hand. This is the biggest event in the state honoring Dr. King.