The AFL-CIO, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release.
More Than 100 State and Local Governments Considering Anti-TPP Resolutions
(Washington, DC, February 16, 2016) – More than 100 state and local governments have introduced or passed resolutions opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In addition, more than 100 resolutions opposing the TPP were passed at recent precinct caucuses in Iowa.
State and local elected leaders have voted to officially oppose the TPP in New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Nashville. TN; Miami, FL; Baltimore, MD; Oakland, CA; Columbus, OH; Springfield, MA; Kenosha, WI; Berkley, CA; St. Paul, MN; Toledo, OH; Eugene, OR; Duluth, MN; Brockton, MA; and Granite City, IL.
“The grassroots opposition to TPP at every level of government shows that working people in communities across the country are standing up and fighting back against corporate trade deals,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Last week two more plants in Indiana announced they’re shifting operations to Mexico, eliminating more than 2,000 family-sustaining jobs. TPP will bring more of the same and must be defeated.”
The AFL-CIO is partnering with groups like the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Retired Americans to pass additional resolutions and this effort will continue through the end of 2016.
State and local labor leaders and union activists traveled to Washington, DC last week for a national lobby day with members of Congress. The lobby day was preceded by a national drive for activists around the country to call Congress. It resulted in nearly 3,000 calls reaching 90 percent of the House members.