SAN DIEGO – April 24, 2015 – Yesterday, a coalition of working families, environmental advocates and faith leaders joined together at a rally to urge Congressman Scott Peters’ (CA-52) to take a stand against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“We’re here today to say to Congressman Peters, who is a good man and has been with us on so many issues, that this is the most important vote he can cast for working families. We have seen the devastating affects the flawed trade deals of the past have had on our communities and we simply cannot afford another bad deal,” said San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Secretary-Treasurer Richard Barrera, who represents over 135 affiliate labor groups and more than 200,000 working families in the region. “We urge Congressman Peters to stand up to the corporate interests attempting to pass the largest trade deal in global history behind closed doors and to oppose the TPP in order to protect good jobs and the health of our environment.”

Tyler Burgraff, Pratt and Whitney Aeropower worker and member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 725, thanked Congressman Peters for the support he has shown for manufacturing workers in the past, saying “When thousands of San Diego manufacturing jobs were outsourced as a result of NAFTA, Congressman Peters stood with us. This is his opportunity to walk the talk and take decisive action to protect good manufacturing jobs – the way he always said he would.”

Masada Disenhouse, a member of San Diego 350 shared the environmental community’s concerns that “The TPP is a toxic trade agreement driven by the same huge corporations who use their immense political influence to prevent climate action, attack collective bargaining and put profits over people.” Davin Widgerow of the Sierra Club echoed these sentiments, adding that “Fast Track would speed up the approval of a secretly-drafted trade pact that undermines our nation’s laws by allowing foreign corporations to sue governments in private trade tribunals over environmental, climate, and other public interest policies. The Sierra Club is calling on Congressman Peters to reject this effort to force through a bill that is bad for the environment, bad for labor, and bad for America.”

Both Congress members Scott Peters and Susan Davis have yet to indicate how they plan to vote on Fast Track or the TPP. Congressman Vargas is openly opposed to both Fast Track and TPP and held a press conference in February reaffirming his stance with the support of San Diego’s labor and faith communities.

Present at the rally were a diverse group of representatives from the labor, environment and faith communities, including: United Food and Commercial Workers, the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the San Diego Building and Construction Trades, the United Taxi Workers of San Diego, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Sierra Club, San Diego 350, the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Peterson | San Diego Labor Council | 760.419.4122 | speterson@unionyes.org

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The coalition left a toilet seat overflowing with signatures and messages from the coalition members urging the Congressman to ‘Dump the toxic TPP,’ to stop Fast Track and to save American jobs.

Full video of the delivery to Congressman Peter’s district office is available online at: http://youtu.be/42kF6q6qdq4

© 2014 San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
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