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.
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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.
Teamsters, techies and tens of thousands of people took action Friday to oppose a Fast Track bill that would grease the Congressional skids for so-called 'trade deals' like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Members of Congress are starting to listen to the thousands of Teamsters who are calling, emailing, rallying and telling them face-to-face: Vote NO on Fast Track.
A new poll shows Americans overwhelming opposing legislation that would all trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be quickly pushed through Congress with little debate and just an up-or-down vote. Self-identified Republican voters are actually the least in favor of fast track, rejecting it by a nearly 11-to-1 margin.
Corporate executives have been clamoring for the passage of fast track, saying it provides a needed vehicle to approve trade pacts like the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But at a Senate hearing earlier this month, it became apparent that many business leaders either don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, what the TPP is all about.