This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.
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Fast Track is the Wrong Track for Teamsters
Now is not the time for the public to let their guards down when it comes to fast-track trade promotion. Whether Congress decides to take it up this month or next year, it is still a raw deal for workers.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to leave for Asia in another attempt to finalize the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a broad coalition of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered over half a million petition signatures and letters to key Congressional leaders today opposing Fast Track authority for the pact.
Pose with this Fast Track is the Wrong Track sign and post it to Facebook to show your opposition to Fast Track. Now is the time to stop letting massive corporations ship American jobs overseas and in the process dump U.S. wages overboard along the way. This country needs to rebuild the middle class and that will only come if trade deals include provisions that protect workers. But that won’t happen if we don’t get out and vote. Protect U.S. jobs by supporting candidates that stick up for hardworking Americans.
The enactment of NAFTA and other bad trade agreements have led to more than a million lost U.S. jobs. Voters need to let lawmakers know we don't need any more anti-worker deals.
By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Broker, September 22, 2014
If the U.S. and European Union want to get the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership off the ground, they need to make sure it doesn't just help companies. It needs to be a winner for workers too, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa says.
Trade deals currently in the works could increase corporate power and put public workers worldwide out of work. The Teamsters and a global union federation are rallying workers, lawmakers to stop it.
Looming trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership could create opportunties for big business to privatize the public sector at the cost of millions of jobs and the public interest.
Teamsters are part of huge coalition calling for significant changes to old fast-track model to ensure U.S. workers don't pay for future trade deals with their jobs.