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Union Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Sale of FairPoint to Illinois-Based Consolidated Communications

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Portland, ME—Leaders of unions representing telecom workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont responded to the announcement by Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. that it plans to purchase FairPoint Communications in 2017. The sale is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders and state regulators. 

“It’s clear that the ill-advised sale of Verizon to FairPoint in 2008 has had a profound negative impact on workers and consumers in Northern New England. Just last month, FairPoint announced another major layoff of nearly 10% of its workforce even as regulators continue to investigate their service quality failures,” said Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2327 in Maine. “Therefore, we view this potential sale with cautious optimism. We are hopeful that Consolidated will work with us to create and maintain good jobs in our communities and really improve the quality of service that our customers deserve.”

The unions confirmed that the recent layoff announced by FairPoint would go forward as planned.

According to Don Trementozzi, President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400, “Our members and our customers have been through the ringer with FairPoint over the last eight years, and our primary concern is that this transaction result in a more stable company that puts a priority on strengthening communities, not enriching Wall Street hedge fund owners.”

Union leaders said that they are looking closely at Consolidated’s finances, technical capacity, and history of labor relations as well as at the regulatory requirements for the sale. In 2007, the unions partnered with community groups to “Stop the Sale” of Verizon to FairPoint. They predicted the sale would be devastating for workers and consumers, but the sale went ahead and FairPoint declared bankruptcy in 2009. The company’s effort to slash labor costs by cutting pay and benefits and hiring unlimited contractors led to an historic four-month strike in the winter of 2014-15.

“As we were back in 2007 during the Verizon transaction, we will be deeply involved in the process to ensure a fair deal for FairPoint workers no matter the outcome of this transaction,” said Steve Soule, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “While we certainly welcome FairPoint’s departure from Northern New England, we’ll be vigilant in examining any potential new owner and fighting for fairness for our members and our communities.”

Leaders emphasized their willingness to cooperate with Consolidated should the transaction succeed with shareholders and regulators. “As long as Consolidated is ready to engage with our members and our customers with respect and fairness, we welcome this opportunity to help re-build the company and make it the success it has been in the past,” said Mike Spillane, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont.


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council T9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents more than 1,400 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America Local 1400 represents 150 FairPoint employees in the three states.


AFL-CIO Decries Trump’s Cabinet Selections

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Cabinet Nominations

Richard_TrumkaAfter the election, we made clear that we would hold Donald Trump accountable to the promises he made to working people throughout the campaign.

His initial nominations fundamentally threaten these promises.  Taken together, the appointments push President-elect Trump away from the values and issues that working class voters said were most important to them. 

As a candidate, President-elect Trump railed against Wall Street greed and the failure of big banks to invest in America, yet his nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is a billionaire who got rich by foreclosing on the homes of hard-working American families. Mnuchin will take us back to the risky, unregulated financial speculation that benefits his Wall Street friends, leaves consumers vulnerable and risks another financial crisis.

President-elect Trump promised to protect Social Security and Medicare, yet his nominee for HHS Secretary, Rep. Tom Price, wants to privatize and undermine these essential programs and take health care coverage away from millions of Americans.  

During the campaign, President-elect Trump complained that our kids aren’t learning, yet his nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has spent her career undermining our public education system at the expense of students and teachers alike. She is a billionaire lobbyist, who has used her family’s wealth to steer public funds to private schools.  

Finally, President-elect Trump talked about a ‘New Deal’ for communities of color, yet Senator Jeff Sessions, his nominee for Attorney General, has a history of racially charged comments and a record of crushing civil liberties, including the right to vote. He is the opposite of what the American people want in their chief legal officer.

These decisions by President-elect Trump are deeply inconsistent with the pledges he made in the campaign.  Donald Trump the candidate claimed he would rein in the power of Wall Street traders, protect Social Security and Medicare and ensure all kids have great schools.  But his cabinet choices send a dangerous signal about how President-elect Trump will conduct his presidency. We urge the president-elect to stop stacking his administration with billionaire insiders who do not share the core American values he campaigned on.

NATCA Congratulates DOT Secretary Nominee Elaine Choa And House Transportation Chairman Shuster

Last week, President-Elect Trump nominated Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation.  Chao is the former Department of Labor Secretary and is well versed in the transportation industry as the heiress to a massive shipping corporation.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) seem to be optimistic that they will be able to work with Sec. Chao.

“We congratulate Secretary Chao on her nomination,” NATCA said. 

“We look forward to working with Secretary Chao to continue the tremendously successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation over the last eight years. That collaboration has yielded progress in modernizing the system and positive results for the American people.”

NATCA also praised the return of Representative Bill Shuster to his position as Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.

“We extend our congratulations to Chairman Shuster for his selection to return as Chairman. NATCA has worked well with the Chairman and his staff and we look forward to continuing that relationship.

“In his role as Chairman, Shuster has led Congressional efforts to ensure the modernization of the National Airspace System  continues. He has also taken important steps to help address the air traffic controller staffing crisis and to help provide funding for the NAS.

“Chairman Shuster understands well the economic value of our NAS. It sustains nearly 12 million jobs and contributes $1.5 trillion to the United States Gross Domestic Product. The Chairman also values the contributions controllers and aviation safety professionals represented by NATCA make in keeping it moving.

“We look forward to continuing the tremendously successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with members on both sides of the aisle in the coming Congress. That collaboration has yielded progress in modernizing the system and positive results for the American people. However, there is more work to be done. The NAS does not have a stable, predictable funding stream and this uncertainty has caused many serious problems for the system. NATCA is prepared to collaborate with all aviation stakeholders to achieve the stable, predictable funding stream necessary to ensure that the United States remains the world leader in aviation,” NATCA concluded. 

Last year, Chairman Shuster pushed for a bill, supported by NATCA, that would remove portions of Federal Aviation Administration from the federal budget and create a not-for-profit self sustaining agency to overcome the unpredictable funding and government shutdowns that has plagued the entire federal government over the last decade.

The idea for this self funded agency came from other governmental aviation agencies around the world, including our neighbors to the north, whose aviation agency is called NavCanada.

Shuster and NATCA received opposition to this proposal as workers fear that Republicans are trying to privatize the Air Traffic Control system.  NATCA has made it clear that they only support this “not-for-profit model” that protects the labor and working rights of all of the current employees.

In a recent article, Chairman Shuster said that President-Elect Trump was supportive of Shuster’s proposal for a self-funded agency and will be working out the details in the coming months.

AFGE Applauds New Rule Lifting Barriers for Federal Job Applicants

New “ban the box” rule ensures applicants with past financial or legal troubles can compete fairly for federal jobs

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to a final rule issued Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management revising when federal agencies request certain background information from federal job applicants:

“The American Federation of Government Employees supports the new regulation that allows job candidates to progress through the initial stages of the hiring process without having to reveal information about past financial difficulties or incarceration.

“We believe that individuals should compete for federal jobs based on whether they have the requisite skills to perform the duties of the job. Once a person has made restitution for past financial problems or served a sentence, he or she should have an opportunity to compete for federal jobs just like any other citizen.

“There is no question that access to a good, steady job is the best way to prevent recidivism. The opportunity to serve the public through federal employment should be available to all Americans who have the necessary skills, and this regulation will take us closer to that ideal.”

New Report Highlights 17 Bad Actors Waging Aggressive Anti-Solar Campaigns

Manchester, NH – With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource.  Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center. 

“Pollution-free solar energy represents New Hampshire’s most abundant energy resource,” said Michelle McCarthy, Campaign Organizer with Environment New Hampshire.  “For our climate and our environment, we can’t allow special interest forces in the fossil fuel industry to pull the plug on the bright potential of solar power.”  

The report, Blocking the Sun, documents 17 fossil fuel backed groups and electric utilities running some of the most aggressive campaigns to slow the growth of solar energy in 12 states. 

Of the findings, the report documents how the Koch brothers have provided funding to the national fight against solar by funneling tens of millions of dollars through a network of opaque nonprofits; the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) provides utility and fossil fuel interests with access to state legislatures, and its anti-net metering policy resolution has inspired legislation in a set of states; utilities in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, West Virginia, California and Illinois have undertaken extensive campaigns to revoke renewable energy policy or impose new charges on their solar customers.

“Solar has the chance to become a leading technology,” said Rachel Cross of Frontier Group, report co-author. “It’s ready, it’s more accessible every year, and it’s a solution for a world that needs to quit burning carbon. Allowing electric companies and fossil fuel interests to stand in the way of that kind of progress defies common sense.”

In mid-2016, there were at least 84 ongoing policy actions in U.S. states that could impact the growth of solar energy, including through limitations to net metering or new charges to make rooftop solar power less economically viable.  

“In New Hampshire, we were fortunate to have a bipartisan group of legislators who realized the very real threat to the future of non-polluting solar energy by hitting the so called ‘cap’ allocated to our four electric utilities,” said. Representative Bob Backus of Manchester. “Legislation resulted which while, unfortunately not eliminating the cap entirely, increased it to permit the NH PUC to undertake a proceeding, now underway, to set new net metering rates.”

The report urges state decision makers to recognize and resist utility and fossil fuel industry influence that seeks to undermine solar energy and to instead encourage the growth of solar.

“Solar energy is important to my family by assuring that we leave a healthier planet for our grandchildren by drastically reducing the use of fossil fuels one house at a time,” said Lester Cuff, a solar homeowner in Stratham, NH. “Since installing solar panels in 2012, we have been a residential power plant. The panels have generated to date, 36.3 megawatt hours, which is equivalent to lighting the Eiffel Tower for 15 nights. Our carbon offset to date is equivalent to planting 656 trees. Our family and the State of New Hampshire will receive accumulative economic and environmental benefits for at least 25 years.” 

“Solar is finally catching on and providing tremendous benefits, reducing pollution, saving consumers and businesses money, and revitalizing local economies,” said McCarthy. “Now, more than ever, states must lead the charge on a transition to solar power and renewable energy. ” 

Read the full report here.

Norwegian Air International, The Walmart Of Airlines, Get US DOT Approval Despite Opposition

Approval of Norwegian Air International Permit is a betrayal of U.S. Aviation Workers

Washington, DC – Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI):

 “Today’s decision betrays America’s aviation workers by granting a rogue, flag-of-convenience airline a permit to serve the United States. Unless reversed, this decision threatens a generation of U.S. airline jobs and tells foreign airlines that scour the globe for cheap labor and lax employment laws that America is open for business.

“On behalf of the nation’s several million transportation workers, and especially the men and women who form the backbone of U.S. aviation, I appeal to the President to reverse this decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“NAI’s business model clearly and blatantly violates Article 17 bis of the 2010 U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, which states that the ‘opportunities created by the Agreement are not intended to undermine labor standards or the labor-related rights and principles contained in the Parties’ respective laws.’ Clearly, a Norwegian-owned airline that is based in Ireland for the purpose of evading Norway’s labor and tax laws, and that will hire crews under Asian contracts, is in violation of these explicit labor protections, and should be denied entry into our marketplace. With this decision, the Obama Administration has failed to enforce the very labor protection it negotiated and sold as a breakthrough in aviation trade policy.

“It is because of NAI’s blatant disregard for our trade laws that unions in the U.S. and Europe, major airlines, and Republican and Democratic members of Congress have all taken a strong stance against the airline’s application. Given the disgust with our trade policies expressed loudly by American voters on November 8, it is especially galling that the Administration has ignored the wants of the American people in favor of a rogue, foreign airline. We urge Congress to take whatever action is needed to undo this decision and prevent NAI and similar business models from poisoning the trans-Atlantic aviation market.

“Today’s decision effectively ushers in a new era in aviation, one in which high-road air carriers will be forced to compete with sweatshop-like airlines. Unless this decision is reversed, U.S. aviation workers will become the latest victims of perverse trade policy.”


Read more about NAI: 

#DenyNAI: New Legislation To Stop Norwegian Air International From Undercutting Labor Laws

Labor Movement Rallies to Ground Norwegian Air International Operating Scheme

U.S. DOT Order on Norwegian Air Case, Unless Reversed, Threatens Thousands of U.S. Airline Jobs

Transportation Trade Unions Call For A Rejection Of Norwegian Air’s Air Carrier Permit

On Senate Floor, Shaheen Warns of Repercussions of Congress Not Finishing Work on Government Funding Bills

(Washington, DC) —U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today expressing her disappointment in the Republican leadership’s decision to cease work on bills that would fund federal agencies for the full year and, instead, resort to a stop-gap funding bill known as a continuing resolution (CR). 

In her remarks, Shaheen highlighted the serious negative impacts that a short-term, stop-gap bill would have in the Granite State on crisis centers that provide critical services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s ability to award contracts for critical infrastructure projects, among others. 

Shaheen also drew attention to the consequences stop-gap funding will have for national security, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness. Shaheen pointed to the case of Manchester-based company, Dyn, which was hacked late last month, taking down a large section of internet in the U.S. To address cybersecurity challenges like these, “our appropriations bill tripled the number of Federal Cybersecurity Advisors and increased cybersecurity funds to harden systems in Federal agencies. But now, because of the CR, all of these advances will be put on hold for lack of funding.”

Shaheen continued, “The Constitution vests in Congress the profound responsibility to appropriate funds to meet the nation’s needs… once again, we are presented with a short-term, stop-gap funding bill that shortchanges critical national needs and priorities. The American people deserve better.”

Letter to the Editor: State’s Pension Recapitalization Effort Hurts Schools

We should all be concerned about the future of Nashua’s public school system if the State Government does not help alleviate the burden of rising pension costs on municipal budgets. As I see it, the easiest way state lawmakers could help out would be to adopt legislation that would reduce the pension recapitalization target of 100% by 2039, to a more reasonable target like 85%. Also realize that this legislation would not increase taxes and would still achieve the State’s goal of creating a sustainable pension system.

The consequences of doing nothing are rather grim. Last month, Mayor Donchess asked the heads of Nashua’s municipal departments to estimate what services would need to be cut in light of the new increases in pension costs. In her budget estimate, Nashua Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cornelia Brown, stated that significant cuts to staff, busing services, and maybe even closing an elementary school would all have to be considered to meet the mayor’s request. After presenting her recommendations, Brown did not believe that any of these cuts were a good idea but they were the options that would have to be considered if nothing changed budget-wise.

I agree with Dr. Brown’s assessment that these cuts should not be made; moreover, they are also completely unnecessary. Nashua’s students deserve a well-funded education system; and in order for that to happen, help needs to come from the State.

Gary Hoffman
Nashua, NH

IRS Warns Of Delays In Tax Refunds For Those Who Claim Two Key Tax Credits

Image of 2012 Tax Form 1040

Image of 2012 Tax Form 1040

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded New Hampshire taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) to plan on a refund delay until Feb.15. 

A recent federal law change aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, requires the IRS to hold the refund of any tax return claiming either the EITC or ACTC until Feb. 15. By law, the IRS must hold the entire refund not just the portion related to these credits.

“I want to remind folks that as we move into the holiday season, some refunds will be delayed next year so they should plan ahead,” said IRS spokesperson Matt Leas. “To avoid any further delays, it’s important that taxpayers file as they normally would and not wait until later in the filing season.”

As of June 2016, 75,000 working individuals and families in New Hampshire received $150 million  in EITC alone, putting an average of $1992 into the pockets of low-income working individuals and families. Similarly, 41,100 working individuals and families in the state received a total of $49.36 million in ACTC, an average of $1,341per individuals and families. The IRS emphasizes that these are full-year totals for both of these credits and that only those claims filed before February 15 will be affected by the new law.

To avoid any further delays on their refunds, the IRS asks New Hampshire taxpayers to file their returns as they normally do, not wait to file later in the season. Whether or not claiming the EITC or ACTC, the IRS cautions taxpayers not to count on getting a refund by a certain date, especially when making major purchases or paying other financial obligations. The IRS issues more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, some returns however, are held for further review.

Because the entire tax refund and not only the credit portion will be held until February 15, the IRS  encourages taxpayers to file a complete and accurate return the first time which will likely result in a faster refund. Amended returns take up to 16 weeks to process.

The IRS also encourages taxpayers to consider a tax-withholding checkup. By adjusting Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, taxpayers can ensure the right amount is taken out of their pay so that they will not have to pay too much tax or wait until they file their return to get a refund. Taxpayers should submit the revised form to employers, and employers will use the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from pay. For help, use the Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov.

The IRS has a special page on IRS.gov with steps to take now for the 2017 tax filing season.

Leo W Gerard: Fire Ants Killed The TPP

The defeat of the TPP is a tale of ants slaying a dragon.

It seemed a fearsome task, challenging the powerful behemoth that is Wall Street, Big Pharma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Ag, Big Oil, all their lobbyists, and all the Congress critters they’d “campaign-financed” to support their money-grubbing 12-country trade scheme.

The battle was engaged, though, for the sake of workers’ rights, clean air and water, food safety, reasonably priced pharmaceuticals, national sovereignty, internet freedom, financial regulation, public control of public lands, the right of governments to pass laws for the public good without corporations suing for so-called lost profits in secret tribunals adjudicated by hand-picked corporate jurists, and the freedom of local governments to buy American-made products for taxpayer financed projects to create American jobs. And, frankly, so much more.  For a righteous, just and equitable society. That’s why there were so many ants.

Literally thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP. These included labor unions, health care organizations, food safety advocates, environmentalists, churches, family farmers, social justice societies, indigenous rights organizations and allied groups in the 12 TPP partner countries. My union, the United Steelworkers, was among them. It was an overwhelming number of groups with an overwhelming number of members who conducted an overwhelming number of events over years to make it clear to lawmakers just how strongly citizens opposed the TPP.

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USW members at a 2016 anti-TPP rally in Washington, D.C. organized by the USW Rapid Response Department. Photo are by Steve Dietz of Sharper Image Studios

It began slowly with warnings about the secret negotiation process itself. Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of Citizens Trade Campaign, which was instrumental in organizing the collaborative action against the TPP, said groups started telling politicians early on that they weren’t going to tolerate another NAFTA. No one listened. As a result, he wrote:

“. . .first thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands and then literally millions of Americans signed letters and petitions urging the Obama administration and Congress to abandon TPP negotiations that gave corporate lobbyists a seat at the table, while keeping the public in the dark.”

Let me tell you about the fire ant. They mostly live in mounds. If an animal steps on the mound, the ants will attack. A few ants are irritating. A bunch are annoying. Half a million fierce fire ants with tiny venomous stingers working together can kill a 10-pound animal. That’s what happened to the TPP.

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USW members at a 2016 anti-TPP rally in Washington, D.C. organized by the USW Rapid Response Department. Photo by Steve Dietz of Sharper Image Studios

The anti-TPP forces conducted call-in days that resulted in hundreds of thousands of calls to Congressmen and women. When Congress was weighing whether to fast track the TPP, in other words to approve it without even bothering to amend it to fix it, the anti-TPP forces conducted an encampment on Capitol Hill for three weeks. This, and many other anti-TPP demonstrations, occurred a year before either party chose its presidential nominee.

The USW Rapid Response, Legislative and Political departments worked with USW members to send to Congress more than 350,000 postcards protesting the TPP. USW members met with their Senators and Congressmen 1,500 times this year to oppose the deal. They held rallies, demonstrations, town hall meetings and even rock concerts to inform their communities about the problems with the TPP. They conducted large rallies and other events in Washington, D.C. They built support with their state legislatures and local governments, persuading cities and towns across the country to pass resolutions officially opposing the TPP.

And that’s only what the USW did. The AFL-CIO was an important leader on this issue. And many other unions were just as active, and so were groups like the Sierra Club and the BlueGreen Alliance. The effort was relentless and concerted. And that’s why it was successful.

For the USW, this win was a long time coming. It began 22 years ago when the USW took on NAFTA. The union filed a federal lawsuit trying to overturn that scheme. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court refused to hear it, and the USW lost. Workers continue to suffer devastation from NAFTA today, as manufacturers close profit-making American factories and re-open them across the border in Mexico where greedy corporations can make even more profit by destroying the environment and paying slave wages then shipping the goods duty free back to the United States.

For example, Carrier announced in February that it would close two profit-making factories in Indiana and reopen them in Mexico. The result is 2,100 workers, members of the USW, will lose their good, family-supporting jobs.

That’s NAFTA. That’s a trade deal negotiated by corporations for corporations. After that came Permanent Normalized Trade Relations with China in 2000. The USW strongly protested that as well, because the union believed none of the hype about how China was a huge market, and the United States was going to do all of the selling there.

As it turns out, the USW was right. China has relentlessly dumped government-subsidized products on the American market, baldly defying the international trade laws it agreed to abide by when it signed that agreement in 2000. That has devastated companies that want to manufacture in America, including steel, aluminum, paper and tires producers. These manufacturers have repeatedly had to pay untold millions to file trade cases to obtain limited relief in the form of tariffs, and tens of thousands of workers have paid in the terrible form of lost jobs.

The USW has protested virtually every so-called free trade scheme proposed since NAFTA, most particularly those with Korea and Colombia. In the case of Colombia, where more trade unionists were murdered than in any other country in the world, we asked for a delay in approval of the deal at least until safety for collective bargaining could be assured. We were ignored. And more trade unionists have been murdered every year since the deal took effect.

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Image from the Rock Against the TPP concert in Pittsburgh and is by Chelsey Engel, writer, photographer, singer.

Photo are by Steve Dietz of Sharper Image Studios

Photo are by Steve Dietz of Sharper Image Studios

Then came the massive, hulking dragon of a TPP, the likes and size of which had never been seen before. This time, the corporatists really stepped in it. This time it wasn’t just a few angry trade unionists stinging their ankles. This time the self-dealing free traders had pissed off far too many civil society groups. And they were organized. And they weren’t going to take it anymore.

It’s not over, though. None of us oppose trade. We just want trade deals that, as economist Jared Bernstein and trade law expert Lori Wallach put it, are “written for all the cars on the road, not just the Lamborghinis.” For that to happen, all the groups that protested this deal must be at the table to negotiate the next deal – not just the corporations. The Lamborghinis are one interest group. We are many.

When I was a kid, Frank Sinatra sang a song called High Hopes, and the most famous verse was this:

“Just what makes that little old ant

Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant

Anyone knows an ant, can’t

Move a rubber tree plant.”

No ant can move a rubber tree plant. But let me tell you, a couple million ants just killed a TPP monster. There’s high hope in concerted action.

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