Today, America's working families asked some big questions of supporters of Fast Track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At 10 a.m., working families, labor leaders, members of Congress and community allies gathered at the AFL-CIO headquarters, behind the White House, and unveiled a giant banner with two simple requests.
The first request, aimed at the U.S. Trade Representative, is "show us the text." We've been told that TPP is the "most progressive trade deal in history." If that's true, then we should be able to read the text of the document for ourselves and discover the facts about the deal.
The second request is "show us the jobs." The Chamber of Commerce tells us that TPP will create 700,000 jobs over 10 years, yet without seeing the text of the deal, and based on previous trade legislation approved through Fast Track, we're a bit skeptical.
At the unveiling of the banner, numerous advocates for America's working families spoke, reiterating the two requests:
After the unveiling and the strong show of unity among a diverse coalition, the rally attendees marched to the U.S. Trade Representative's office to literally ask to see the text of the TPP:
Upon arrival, workers tried to open the Trade Representative's door, which is normally open on a workday. For some reason today, it was locked. So they knocked:
Workers knocked and knocked but, rather than getting an answer, the door remained locked:
Working families weren't allowed to look at the trade deal being worked out behind closed doors. But working families are not going to sit back and wait, though, we're going to take action:
See clips of the event below: