On Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined CWA's Executive Board meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the corporate tax cut bill, NAFTA renegotiation, and other key issues under consideration in the Senate that will affect working families.
In his introduction, CWA President Chris Shelton described Senator Brown as a "true union guy," who has enthusiastically supported working families and advocated for policies that keep good jobs in the United States.
Brown noted that the tax plan that Republicans passed in the Senate "greased" the loophole that allows companies to send jobs overseas, which will make the problem worse for workers in Ohio and across the country. He praised CWA's effort to hold companies accountable for the $4,000 raise that supporters of the bill have promised and noted that it was a "good reminder of who [CWA] is fighting for and who you are fighting against."
He said that Senators have had a choice to make on big issues recently, and that the votes show who is going to stand with workers or "with corporations that outsource jobs and corporations that fleece the tax system and big banks that use forced arbitration" to hurt working people. Brown noted that big banks are more profitable than ever, but lobbyists continue to push to roll back regulations that protect consumers and workers. He pledged to keep fighting to help people who are struggling with student loan debt or underwater on their mortgages.
Brown thanked CWA members and retirees for making a difference in so many people's lives. He urged the Board to make sure that CWA members continue to hold NAFTA negotiators accountable for President Trump's promises on trade and said that it is critically important for activists to engage members in discussions of the economic issues at stake in the 2018 elections.
Senator Sherrod Brown joined CWA's Executive Board meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the corporate tax cut bill, NAFTA renegotiation, and other key issues under consideration in the Senate that will affect working families.