WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives voted down a flawed trade package that would enable the Trans-Pacific Partnership to move forward. The original measure was passed by the U.S. Senate in May. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement:
“We have said repeatedly that this deal is bad for all Americans, LGBT and otherwise, and we are pleased the House has voted overwhelmingly that they agree – at least in part. The vote today is a clear message that bad trade deals that will ship jobs overseas, pollute our air and water, and reward regressive human rights abusers are not palatable to the American people. It is further proof that when we stand together united in purpose and action the money and influence of multi-national corporations can be overcome.
“Pride at Work remains vigilant – pro-Fast Track forces are already hard at work on an alternative measure with a vote possible as soon as next week – but for now, we can be proud of the hard work and solidarity opposition to this bill generated.”
Pride at Work is the official constituency group of LGBT union members and allies fighting for workplace equality for LGBT workers. We organize mutual support between the organized labor movement in the spirit of the union movement’s historic motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” Workers interested in joining Pride at Work or in launching new chapter organizing efforts, can visit www.prideatwork.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.