Weekly Update: Have you called Congress?

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update • September 14, 2016

National Day of Action Against the TPP

No matter what you hear about the TPP being “dead,” don’t believe it! The allies of corporate CEOs are ready to tell you they stand up for workers today in order to get your votes. But they may then turn around and vote for the TPP after the election in November in order to make their friends on Wall Street happy.  

The TPP isn’t just a faraway risk; it’s a clear and present danger. Backers of the deal recently put Americans on notice that the deal could come up for a vote in Congress during the “lame duck” period between the election and the start of the year. In other words, they want to wait until few are paying attention, and many outgoing members of Congress have nothing to lose.

The only way to defeat this corporate rights deal is through people power – we have to make it so uncomfortable to vote for the TPP, so painful, so awful, that no one will think it is okay to turn their back on working people. Not Democrats. Not Republicans.

And we start with a national call-in day today, September 14. We have to tell Congress that the TPP—negotiated behind closed doors and behind our backs—doesn’t deserve a vote. But if it gets one, that vote better be NO.

Dial 855-712-8441 to be connected with your member of Congress.

Once you reach their office, tell them that one of the best ways that Congress can stand up for working families is by committing to stop an urgent threat to jobs, wages, and our democracy—the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and urge them to publicly oppose the TPP and work to stop an unfair lame-duck vote.


Oregon’s Community Alliance of Tenants is rallying in Salem on Thursday, September 22 to kick off the Just Cause Evictions campaign launch on Renter Day of Action.

The rally begins at 11am on the Oregon State Capitol steps with a legislative hearing following from 2pm – 5pm. RSVP, learn more, and spread the word on Facebook.

Trump is Wrong for Working Women

If you haven't figured it out yet, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is wrong for working women. He has made this clear throughout his life and continues to do so with his words and policy proposals this election. He doesn’t support women, and women shouldn't support him.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler introduces this video that takes a look at Trump's history with women: