This story by Kris LaGrange orignally appeared on UCOMMBlog
Today, union leaders, community leaders and special interest groups held a press conference to thank Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) for his vote and continued opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Attendees at the press event included the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1108 who hosted the event, CWA 1104, Laborers Local 66, Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees (Suffolk AME), United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 259, Plumbers Local 200, Teamsters, the Long Island Federation of Labor and a few others along with leaders from moveon.org and an environmental group.
At the press conference, the speakers thanked Zeldin for his opposition to the job killing trade bill and encouraged him to only support future trade bills that involve transparent negotiations that protect workers both here and abroad. The varied coalition had spent much of the last few years lobbying Zeldin to oppose the TPP. A common theme throughout was that even though many in the room came from the other side of the political spectrum from the Congressman, through talking and lobbying we can find common ground. “It is extremely important to have a Republican supporting us on this issue. You can’t base your relationships on party politics, it’s how they vote on the issue,” said CWA 1108 Political Director Michael Gendron. Michael recoined “free trade,” to “fair trade.”