Offshoring. Globalization. NAFTA-style trade policy.
Up to 200 turned out on a work day at a listening session about a secret Pacific Rim trade deal.
As NAFTA-style treaties proliferate, AWPPW has lost thousands of members to mill closures.
The Bring Jobs Home Act would also end tax deductibility for offshoring expenses.
Members of Congress demand Obama administration transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership
By lopsided margins, Congress approved NAFTA-style trade deals that were opposed by labor.
The NAFTA-style treaties would add to the trade deficit and make outsourcing easier.
Oregon Congressman David Wu said he will introduce a bill this month to streamline access to Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits for workers displaced by outsourcing to other countries as a result of free trade agreements.
Congressman Kurt Schrader told labor leaders he is undecided on trade deals with Colombia and Panama.
Oregon Fifth District Congressman Kurt Schrader told labor leaders at an April 26 breakfast that he is “leaning strongly in favor” of the Korea Free Trade Agreement and is unlikely to support the union-backed TRADE Act, a re-write of the nation’s trade policy. He still is undecided on trade deals with Colombia and Panama.
A teary-eyed U.S. Rep. David Wu thanked labor for standing with him, and announced his opposition to the Korean Free Trade Agreement.