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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The fight against the Pacific Rim trade deal is not over now that negotiators have agreed to a proposal. It is only beginning in Congress and even the private sector.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in response to trade officials reaching an agreement on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a deal which would lead to thousands of U.S. jobs being shipped overseas and unsafe food and products flooding our store shelves.
China's devaluation of the Yuan last week is a foreshadowing of what will happen as part of the TPP if language isn't included to address the matter.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in response to a new State Department document that improves the Malaysian government’s standing in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. It was released at the same time that trade officials are currently meeting to discuss the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and could allow Malaysia to participate in the trade deal despite being on the human trafficking watch list.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in response to reports that the State Department is about to upgrade the Malaysian government’s standing in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in an effort to smooth the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Congress may have handed the first battle in the war against bad trade deals like the TPP to their corporate cronies. But workers aren't done yet.
Last Thursday, Fast Track passed in the US House, and this week the Senate is expected to hold another cloture vote. The vote could come as soon as tomorrow.
(WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters denounced the political gamesmanship used by House representatives to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by attaching it to HR 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act, a widely-supported bill that enables federal firefighters to access their retirement savings once they reach retirement age.