Statement from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on House Trade Vote

The House of Representatives voted today to put the brakes on a trade deal that would’ve lowered wages for Oregonians and for working families across the country.  Today’s vote is because of the hard work and unity of the labor movement along with our allies in the fight for fair trade. We’ve rallied.  We’ve marched.  We’ve made thousands of calls and written thousands of letters.  And that is exactly what democracy looks like; it’s about sending a clear message to our leaders in Congress that we don’t buy in to another Free Trade Agreement that puts profits for giant corporations over working people.

We’re disappointed that Representatives Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader and Walden did not stand with Oregon’s workers on today’s vote, and are thankful for Representative DeFazio’s consistent and strong support on this important issue.  

We know the fight for fair trade isn’t over, but today’s vote by the House was absolutely a solid victory in the campaign to revitalize our economy on the basis of real growth, worker rights, higher wages, and shared prosperity.”