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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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.
While fast track opponents won the battle Friday, the war isn't over yet. Thank your lawmakers for voting "no" last week and urge them to continue to stand up for workers!
(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in response to the House’s rejection of a Senate-approved fast track trade package that would have made it easier for bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to move through Congress.
TAKE ACTION NOW: please email and call your Representative at 888-979-9806 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track.
(WASHINGTON) –Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa challenged House representatives to vote down a severely flawed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill in a letter delivered this morning.
Trade Adjustment Assistance will do little to help workers. And it will do a lot to hurt seniors due to Medicare cuts.
(WASHINGTON) – In a letter sent to House representatives today, the Teamsters joined eight other labor unions in expressing their opposition to a bill that would renew Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) without protecting millions of public sector workers while raiding Medicare for funding.