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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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.
Mike Dolan, Legislative Representative for the Teamsters, was interviewed on RT News about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and how Americans are being silenced by fast-track authority. Like previous “free trade” agreements, the TPP would be a boon for corporations while hurting workers and the environment.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) took aim at fast-track legislation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in an op-ed appearing in the Arizona Daily Star yesterday, saying it would hurt working Americans and is "Congress' version of saying 'My way or the highway.'" Approving a measure that would require a quick up-or-down vote on trade deals would only benefit corporate elites, he writes.
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.