Stop Fast Track Trade Deals
U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and union leaders, including AFL-CIO President and Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano, spoke out against Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement at a press conference Jan. 22 in New Haven.
“We need to stop enacting trade agreements that depress wages, off-shore jobs, and make high-wage, high-skill jobs even more scarce,” DeLauro said. “We cannot continue down a path that pushes the American Dream into oblivion. We have to stand up against bad trade deals for families.”
The TPP, not known to most of the public because it is mostly being drafted in secret, is a giant trade deal between the United States and eleven other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to drafting a massive trade deal in secret, some members of Congress are trying to pass a bill known as “Fast Track." This is being done so that the deal receives an expedited vote without any amendments and severely limiting debate.
“The evidence is clear these international trade deals hurt the American worker,” said Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, representing over 200,000 union members in the state. “Since 1993, nearly 80,000 manufacturing facilities have closed in the United States and millions of workers have lost their jobs.”
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement,which was only the first in a series of trade agreements that have undermined millions of middle-class American jobs,” she added.
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