WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of Congress will be speaking with labor and environmental leaders at an outdoor stage in the Upper Senate Park of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at 11:00 am in a call to action Lobby Day for 600 local union activists of the United Steelworkers (USW) from across the nation and hundreds of others participating in opposition to the proposed 'Fast Track' bill, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
Leo W. Gerard, USW President, said: "The voices of workers will be in the halls of Congress and at our rally to declare U.S. trade deals have been nothing more than broken promises of lost jobs and closed factories that are wiping out middle class American families."
He adds that the fast track trade approval bill likely to be introduced soon weakens the duty of Congress to represent Americans by properly reviewing and amending proposed trade agreements on provisions affecting every aspect of daily life, including environmental policy, labor rights, food safety, and the rights of foreign investors.
What: 'No Fast Track' Rally & Lobby Day by about 1,000 labor-environmental activists.
When: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015.
Where: Upper Senate Park, North of U.S Capitol across Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Who: Members of Congress, AFL-CIO union and environmental leaders. (See below partial list).
U.S. Senators: Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), +Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), +Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
U.S. Representatives: Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Keith Ellison (D-MN), +Peter DeFazio (D-OR), +Mark Pocan (D-WI), +Tim Ryan (D-OH), +Louise Slaughter (D-NY), +Rick Nolan (D-MN), +Brad Sherman (D-CA), +U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL).
Union Leaders: Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President, Leo W. Gerard, USW President; J. David Cox, AFGE President; Lorretta Johnson, AFT Secretary-Treasurer; Fred Rolando, NALC President.
Environmental Leaders: Debbie Sease, National Campaign Director, Sierra Club
Visuals of the event will be a 12-foot stage riser, 'No Fast Track' banner, the U.S. Capitol Dome behind the stage and hundreds of participants with placards from around the country as they rally during Lobby Day appointments with Members of Congress. A standard mult-box for the audio feed will be available. The Upper Senate Park stage is near the outdoor park fountain bounded by Constitution Ave. & New Jersey Ave., NW, plus Delaware Ave., NE.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)