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Hoffa Denounces Signing of Peru Free Trade Agreement

Hoffa Denounces Signing of Peru Free Trade Agreement

Contact: Leslie Miller, (202) 624-8734

December 14, 2007

(Washington, D.C.) – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today said President Bush should have vetoed the Peru Free Trade Agreement instead of a bill to provide health care for children.

Bush was scheduled to sign the bill authorizing the deal with Peru on Friday. He has twice vetoed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a bipartisan bill to bring health insurance to children in low-income working families.

"Working men and women understand the damage done to them by these job-killing ‘free-trade agreements’," Hoffa said. "These deals are less about reducing trade barriers than they are about exploiting cheap labor and protecting investments of multinational corporations."

"If the Bush administration brings forward a free trade agreement with Colombia, I hope Congress will agree with me and say ‘HELL, NO’," Hoffa said. "It’s time to say yes to cracking down on China’s currency manipulation, yes to food and product safety standards for imports, yes to keeping jobs in America instead of shipping them out of the country."

"Another so-called ‘free-trade agreement’ is just what we don’t need," Hoffa said.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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