Unions plan to use the summer congressional recess to hold congressional incumbents and candidates accountable for their stances on a possible lame-duck Trans-Pacific Partnership vote, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
[Daily News| July 15, 2016 |Inside US Trade]
“Every candidate [running for a seat in Congress] will be asked and we will demand an answer about what they will do in the lame-duck [on TPP],” Trumka said during a July 15 press call. “We will make them declare where they are on this issue.”
When asked about the likelihood of a lame-duck vote on the deal, Trumka stressed that the presumptive nominees for president from both parties oppose the agreement and said he hopes there will be no vote later this year. But, he added, unions “will be prepared if there is,” reiterating that activism over the past two years has “slammed the brakes” on the deal he titled “nothing but NAFTA on steroids.”