The CWA Pickup Truck Tour
CWA's Pickup Tour to keep good jobs in the U.S. makes final stop at the U.S. Capitol
At the final stop of the 2017 Midwest Pickup Tour, CWAers and CWA President Chris Shelton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and other activists and union members called on President Trump to keep his campaign promise to stop the offshoring of U.S. jobs.
"It's time that wealthy corporations stopped sending jobs overseas and abandoning our communities," said Shelton. "It's time that elected officials keep their promises. President Trump can sign an executive order today that stops telecom companies and other companies that send good jobs overseas from getting federal contracts. He could have done that seven months ago. Instead, major U.S. companies continue to get taxpayer-funded federal contracts and send our jobs overseas."
Shelton also urged Members of Congress to pass the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would require that U.S. callers be told the location of the call center to which they are speaking; offer callers the opportunity to be connected to a U.S.-based center if preferred; and make U.S. companies who offshore their call center jobs from the U.S. ineligible for certain federal grants and taxpayer-funded loans.
The Pickup Tour began in Indianapolis in August. The 2,531-mile tour made campaign stops at eight cities in Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, rallying thousands of voters to demand that President Trump keep his campaign promise to stop offshoring and to deliver more jobs and better wages.
To date, President Trump has yet to sign a single executive order to raise wages or to stop offshoring by federal contractors who receive more than $1.3 trillion in taxpayer dollars every year.
The Pickup Tour was organized by CWA, Good Jobs Nation, and Our Revolution to hold President Trump accountable to use his executive powers to create good union jobs in the U.S., and to push for passage of the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. Earlier this year, Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen issued a report that revealed that 56 percent of major federal contractors, including Verizon, GE, and United Technologies, engage in shipping American jobs overseas.