Sep 19, 2013
Right now, lead negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will be meeting in Washington, DC for several days of horse-trading aimed at speeding the massive pact towards conclusion. This round is even more secretive than the last three years of closed-door negotiations, in that they are not even including a stakeholder process.
Tomorrow, join environmental, labor, family farm, faith, consumer, public health and social justice activists for a lunch-hour rally to let TPP negotiators know that people are watching and will be holding them accountable.
Where: Office of the U.S. Trade Representative at 600 17th St NW, Washington, DC
When: Sept. 20 at Noon
Tonight, watch CWA President Larry Cohen discuss the TPP on The Ed Show, which airs 5 p.m. on MSNBC.
CWA Local 7704 President Keven Ondrak told his local news station, "We stop these foreign trade deals that take our jobs offshore. We must bring back all offshore work here back to the United States."
Ondrak said union members and all working Americans deserve to have a voice in the process. "They shut the door on us and they have their Congressional meetings and they call for a vote through fast-track up or down. So, they're excluding us," he said.