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
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.
It's getting harder and harder to eat healthy in America. While some can't afford fruits and vegetable, the diets of others could be negatively effected by trade deals like the TPP that would allow unsafe meats and seafood to reach our tables.
Some 26,000 Americans joined with the Teamsters to stop a bogus effort to count products made overseas by U.S. companies as American made. But there are more trade battles that still must be fought to stop the shipping of jobs overseas.
Trade patriots in both parties are taking a stand to make sure U.S. businesses don't lose a valuable tool that helps employ thousands of Americans. But more needs to be done to ensure the TPP doesn't strip the provision and hurt workers.