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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Ending the practice of currency manipulation would result in upwards of 5.8 million jobs over the next three years, a new Economic Policy Institute report states. The issue must be addressed before the U.S. agrees to the Trans-Pacific Partnership or any other trade deals.
Jerry Reeves knows something about dairy work. For 26 years, the Teamsters Local 463 member has toiled at Dean Foods’ Lehigh Valley Diaries in Landsdale, Pa., working in pasteurizing as well as a fill operator. The job has allowed him to provide a solid middle-class life for his family of six.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa blasted the secret negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday and warned of further hemorrhaging of U.S. jobs if the trade deal is approved.
Thousands of Teamsters have contacted their congressional members in recent weeks to let them know “fast track” trade authority is the wrong track for America. And the message is getting through. Lawmakers are increasingly realizing that giving the administration free rein to push through trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without input from Congress is bad for workers.
Thousands of Teamsters and other Americans on the left and the right are taking action to show Congress their disapproval of Fast Track. It looks like it’s starting to have an effect!
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) announced his opposition yesterday to fast-track legislation that would allow a quick up-or-down vote on bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The lawmaker is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee which will review and vote on the measure before it is sent to the House floor.
The Teamsters and other fast track opponents have encouraged more than 40,000 people to call Congress and more than 600,000 to sign petitions urging lawmakers to oppose a quick up-or-down vote on bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Unions and fair trade advocates also participated in some 50 rallies across North America in recent days that protested the dangers of such faulty trade agreements for regular people.
Fast-track trade authority won't help U.S. farmers and ranchers, Agweek journalist Alan Guebert writes. He says if those in the agricultural sector employ the same common sense they use as part of their businesses, they'll realize the potential harms a quick up-or-down vote on trade deals could bring.