Feb 6, 2014
CWA activists and our allies are leading the opposition to "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Our voices are growing louder each and every day, as we call for more transparency, citizen participation and fairness.
The day after the State of the Union address, CWA Local 2108 members picketed President Obama's visit to Costco to tell him that fast track and the TPP will actually create a race to the bottom. During his speech, Obama told Congress, "We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped 'Made in the USA.'"
In Chicago, CWAers joined the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition on Saturday for a rally against the TPP. Activists braved the snow to march from Jonquil Park to Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley's office.
Check out NABET-CWA 41 Vice President Don Villar's video of the demonstration here.
CWA and the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body organized a rally and press conference of union, community, environmental and faith-based activists. Reps. Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey sent representatives with statements, and New York State Assembly members Shelley Mayer, Steve Otis and Tom Abinanti spoke about their concerns about the trade deal's investment chapter.
Members of the North Texas CWA, Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice and other groups march against fast track and the TPP in Dallas.