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National AFL-CIO Delivers One Million Anti-TPP Petitions To Congress

Published Thursday, February 4, 2016
by New Hampshire Labor News

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As representatives of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement countries meet in New Zealand to officially sign the trade deal, its prospects of going into effect remain uncertain at best.

The pact does not enjoy majority support in Congress and changes that some members are demanding are strongly opposed by other TPP nations.

No U.S. presidential candidate polling over five percent in any state supports the deal.

At a press conference in Washington earlier this week, speakers addressed the failings of the TPP and the political environment surrounding the deal.

“The TPP agreement is ‘toxic’ and the American people are ‘not buying it,’” National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working People are ‘determined to end the era’ of corporate trade deals that ‘lower’ our wages and ‘kill’ our jobs.  To all those on the ballot in 2016, we have a simple message: either you’re with us or against us.”

At the event, the following national on-line activist organizations delivered to Congress more than a million signatures on anti-TPP petitions: Avaaz; CREDO; Care2; Corporate Accountability International; Fight for the Future; Public Citizen; MoveOn; SumOfUs; and the Sierra Club.

In 30 locations nationwide, activists are holding protests against the TPP to oppose the signing and energize local opposition organizing.

TPP signing-day rallies are also occurring in Auckland, New Zealand and capitals of other TPP signatory nations.

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