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January 23, 2014

This week, CWA activists joined with Sierra Club, Green Peace, Food and Water Watch, Common Cause and other allies in meetings with members of Congress in their home districts and other actions. We rallied in Albany, Newburgh, Buffalo and Hauppauge, NY; Fresno, Calif.; Orlando, Fl.; Chicago and Jonquil Park, Ill., and more. Learn more about what you can do to help stop "fast track" at Some of the highlights:


Rep. Mark Pocan (D-W) rallied with CWA and Sierra Club activists in Madison, spotlighting the strong opposition to "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals. Pocan was one of 151 Democratic members of Congress signing a letter to President Obama opposing fast track. Read more about the rally at Madison's Channel 3000. Also, in a speech on the floor of the House last week, Pocan thanked CWA for our work on behalf of working and middle class families. Watch it here



At New York City Hall, activists from the New York City AFL-CIO and State AFL-CIO, CWA, Citizens Trade Campaign New York, Working Families Party,, Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, Carpenters and others rallied in the middle of a huge snow storm, to show strong opposition to "fast track" authority and the TPP. Speakers included CWA District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D), Jerrald Nadler (D) and Mike Grimm (R), all of whom oppose "fast track" authority. Check out this video.




In San Diego, CWAers and allies rallied outside the office of Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) to let her know that we will hold our elected officials accountable for a vote that would send our jobs offshore, degrade our environment and threaten our ability to set our own laws.



In Minnesota, members of CWA's Legislative Political Action Team meet with Sen. Amy Klochubar (D-Minn.).



CWA Local 4108 members braved sub-zero temps and blowing snow to let Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) know that they are opposed to fast track and the TPP.



IUE-CWA Local 755 and CWA Local 4322 members had a meetings at the offices of Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).



At the MLK parade in downtown Orlando, CWA Local 3108 marched with Central Florida Jobs with Justice, the Student Labor Action Project and Our Walmart. Activists leafleted the crowd with "NO on Fast Track" flyers.



In Buffalo, CWA Local 1122 joined with Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Coalition for Economic Justice, WNY Area Labor Federation, Citizen Action and several other labor and community organizations to call on all congressional leaders to stop the fast track bill. Read more about the event at WIVB.




In Albany, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) rallied with IUE-CWA Local 81359, CWA Local 1118, and more to raise awareness about how the TPP will hurt working families.



CWA Local 2276 Secretary-Treasurer Eric Childress and CWA Local 2276 Member LPAT Worksite Coordinator Derek Lilly joined Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and local small businesses to rally against the TPP.


CWA members in Texas carried this banner in an annual Martin Luther King Day March.



CWA Local 9003 organized a rally outside office of Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) to pressure him to take a stand against fast track and the TPP.