Demos Demopoulos, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 553 in New York City, spoke out yesterday against legislation that would force a quick up-or-down vote on bum trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He was joined by members of Congress, other union leaders and fair trade advocates at an event who noted fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.
Several Senate Democrats voiced opposition today to legislation that would allow a quick up-or-down vote with limited debate on proposed trade deals. They said a fast-track bill introduced last week in its current form would hurt workers and put U.S. businesses at an unfair disadvantage when it comes to competing with other nations.
Washington Post opinion writer Harold Meyerson took aim this week at fast track and trade deals like the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that at a time of rising income inequality, such agreements will only worsen the yawning gap between rich and poor in the U.S. He adds workers shouldn't have to pay for the additional profits taken in by big business.
Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa sent a letter yesterday to members of Congress telling them what unions and fair trade advocates have known all along – fast track is the wrong track for America. He took aim at legislation introduced in both the House and Senate that calls for a quick up-or-down vote on trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with little debate and no amendments.
In a recent Huffington Post article, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa writes about how the Teamsters Union for years has been an outspoken critic of fast-track trade authorization,,which allows bad proposed trade agreements to move through Congress on just a quick up-or-down vote.
This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people. What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then. Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa says Congress should learn from the mistakes it made during the passage of NAFTA 20 years ago, including the approval of fast-track authority that limited debate and prevented amendments to the trade agreement. As the fast track discussion begins anew on Capitol Hill, now is the time for lawmakers to take a different path to ensure fair trade.