|Union members took to the street in Minneapolis to protest the TPP.|
Demonstrators gathered outside offices of telecom giant Verizon as well as U.S. Bank. They pointed red foam fingers at the businesses to question why they have access to TPP documents when the rest of the nation – including members of Congress – do not. They also heard about why the proposed agreement is a bad deal for U.S. workers from Rep. Keith Ellison, union leaders and activists.Several speakers demanded that workers have a seat at the table so they can share their concerns about TPP. And the crowd, engaging in chants, agreed:
Secrets, secrets are no fun! TPP hurts everyone!
We need fair trade, not fast track. We have to say this to the White House, loud and clear.
No one disagrees that, in an increasingly global economy, America should expand its trade with other countries so we can create jobs for American workers and maintain our global leadership. What we disagree on are the terms of trade, which need to be fair and promote a living wage for workers. It is something U.S. trade representatives should focus on as they resume TPP trade negotiations in Brunei later this week.