Offshoring. Globalization. NAFTA-style trade policy.
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.
In the last 15 years, Boeing downsized, reorganized, merged, digitalized, and outsourced. The result: Employees are disenchanted and less committed to the company.
Outside President Obama’s Feb. 18 visit to Intel, activists picketed to remind him of his pledge to halt NAFTA-style trade treaties.
A Korean unionist tells protesters the deal also weaken labor’s hand in South Korea.
There was a moment during the 2008 presidential campaign when an American union worker could believe Barack Obama would chart a new course on trade policy. Those hopes have faded.
President Obama is asking Congress to approve the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement — the biggest NAFTA-style trade treaty since NAFTA.