Mar 13, 2014
Leaders from Local 1103 take the "no fast track" message to a meeting with members of the NYS Senate and Assembly.
Below: Standing up against TPP, from left: Jen Metzger, town council of Rosendale; Susan Zimet, town supervisor of New Paltz; John T. O'Malley, LPAT activist, CWA Local 1120; Congressman Chris Gibson; James Gesheidle, executive vice president Local 1120 and Rob Pinto, LPAT leader, Local 1120.
CWA President Larry Cohen talks about the results of the Business Roundtable's poll on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with radio and MSNBC host Ed Schultz, stressing that it matters how you ask the questions.
If you haven't seen the bipartisan poll by CWA, Sierra Club and the Business & Industry Council, a small business group, check it out at www.cwa-union.org/tpp.
Getting Electeds on Board
Members of the executive board of CWA Local 1103 and other Westchester County, NY union leaders met with New York State Senator George Latimer and Assembly Member Shelley Mayer to spotlight the serious problems that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would cause for New York and other state governments. Local 1103 Sec.-Treas. Joe Mayhew pointed out that some of the provisions in the TPP would allow multinational corporations to sue NYS for legislation that they believe will affect their future profits. "This has real consequences for our proposed call center bill and other legislation to keep good jobs in our state," Mayhew said.
Assembly Democrats have sent a letter to the NYS Attorney General, asking for a report on the dangers to environmental laws and standards under TPP.
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-19, N.Y.) joined a community event that brought workers, farmers, town-elected leaders, greens, patriots and community activists together to spotlight their opposition to fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Gibson pledged to continue to fight against fast track and to work to make working families and communities stronger.