Support for TPP costs Gov. Kate Brown endorsement from Oregon Machinists

Gov. Kate Brown’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has cost her an endorsement from the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL), the political arm of Machinists District W24.
Brown, a Democrat, is running for re-election in November.
“We had every intention of endorsing her, but when she came out in favor of the TPP, our support ended,” said John Hall, secretary-treasurer of the 2,300-member Machinists Lodge 63 and chair of the MNPL.
Hall said the Machinists’ international union is dead-set against the TPP. “Our union has lost thousands of jobs due to bad trade deals. Our international has said ‘anyone who supports the TPP, we won’t support.’”
TPP is a NAFTA-style pact between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations, including three that have poor human rights records and no current trade agreement with the U.S.
Organized labor strongly opposes the TPP, and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say they don’t support it.
TPP negotiations concluded last October, but to take effect, the pact must be approved by Congress.
Unions affiliated with Machinists District W24 represent workers at Boeing, Freightliner, and a number of automotive repair shops and general manufacturing companies in Oregon.

1 Comment on Support for TPP costs Gov. Kate Brown endorsement from Oregon Machinists

  1. If you don’t vote for Governor Kate Brown because of the TPP Statement, How can any of you endorse/vote for Wyden, Bonamici, Blumenauer, Schrader???!… They voted for Fast Track and they will vote for the TPP in the lame duck.

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