On the 22nd of April, hundreds of striking Federal contract workers marched on the US Capitol demanding $15 an hour. They were joined by a second group of activists protesting the TPP “fast track” bill that would allow any TPP deal a no-amendment, minimal debate up or down vote on a simple majority when most Senate business requires 60 votes.
The striking contract workers were part of a national “Fight for Fifteen” day of strikes and walkouts from fast food restaurants, government contractors and others paying unlivably low wages. Meanwhile, on the 22nd of April a TPP draft chapter was leaked containing text (“cooperation among regulators”)that would subject new state and local laws to prior review by some kind of international trade body. (PDF here) This could have the effect of prohibiting things like increases in the minimum wage in the US or any other nation signing this ugly excuse for a treaty.
The Senate Finance Committee’s April 22 hearing on the TPP was disrupted by activsts speaking out and raising signs. In addition, AFL-CIP President Richard Trumka testified at the hearing, asking the Senate to reject Obama’s “fast-track” bill.
The TPP fast-track crazy train goes off the rails and into the streets
Striking Federal contract workers on the move for $15 an hour
Disrupting the Sen Finance Committee hearing on TPP “fast-track”-John Zangas photo